Friday, May 20, 2011

Another Local Favorite - Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad
This salad is just so yummy!  I think it has a lot to do with the different textures and sweet/sour flavor of the Asian dressing.  Traditionally, romaine lettuce is used.  However, since I had plenty of a leftover green salad with Iceberg lettuce, I had to use it.   I did not want to waste the salad.  I did remove the tomatoes for this salad makeover but kept the cucumbers and red onions.

Ingredients:

1 medium sized romaine lettuce, washed, dried well and torn
2 cups (or more) leftover cooked chicken breast (or half of one large breast breast, boiled)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves (washed, dried and torn)
1/2 cup thinly cut green onion
Deep fried wonton strips**

Deep Fried Wonton Strips

1/2 package of prepared wonton skins (found in the refrigerator section) cut into strips

Heat the oil in the deep fryer (or use a small saucepan to deep fry) until very hot, approximately 365 degrees on the candy thermometer.  Fry a few strips at a time. They fry very quickly so turn over once and remove when they are lightly to medium brown.  Drain on paper towel and set aside. Continue until all the strips are fried.

Salad Dressing:

1 covered jar for shaking the dressing
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
Approximately 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
Approximately 1 tablespoon Hawaiian Salt (or less if you prefer)
Pepper to taste

Shake all ingredients in the covered jar until well blended.

Place torn lettuce in a large salad bowl or individual bowls if you prefer.  Top with chicken, cilantro, green onions and deep fried wonton strips.  Shake dressing again and pour over the salad.  Serve immediately.  Serves approximately 4 to 6.

2 comments:

scmom (Barbara) said...

That sounds yummy! What would you say is the difference between say, sea salt and Hawaiian salt?

Esther G. said...

Barbara, both types of salt are gathered from evaporated salt water. Regular sea salt is easy to pour, isn't it? Hawaiian sea salt is big and course. This is just what I think. There is another kind referred to as Hawaiian sea salt and that is made from a mixture of red clay and sea salt. See the previous post for a picture of that salt.