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Asian Chicken and Spinach Salad

Recipe for Asian Chicken and Spinach Salad - Loaded with fresh, vibrant veggies, tender poached chicken and a flavorful dressing, this salad makes for a satisfying meal.

Recipe for Asian Chicken and Spinach Salad – Loaded with fresh, vibrant veggies, tender poached chicken and a flavorful dressing, this salad makes for a satisfying meal.

Asian Chicken and Spinach Salad
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Ingredients
    For the dressing (makes just over a cup)
  • 6 T. rice vinegar
  • 3 T. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 T. hoisin sauce
  • 1 T. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 T. toasted sesame oil
  • 3/4 t. chili-garlic paste (or you could substitute with your favorite hot sauce)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 t. grated fresh ginger
  • 1/3 c. canola oil
  • 1 1/2 T. toasted sesame seeds
    For the chicken
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/4 c. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 c. mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 4 (1/8 inch thick) slices of ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    Remaining salad ingredients
  • 6 oz. package baby spinach
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded (about 1 c.)
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into matchstick pieces
  • 3/4 c. shelled edamame
  • 11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/3 c. sliced almonds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing. In a blender combine all the dressing ingredients except for the sesame seeds. Blend until well combined. Add the sesame seeds, pulse two or three more times. Pour into a small bowl and set aside until ready to use.
  2. Poach the chicken. In a large skillet combine all the ingredients for the chicken. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn the chicken over, cover and gently simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. (Adjusting heat as necessary to keep the chicken at a gentle simmer, a hard boil will produce tough chicken.) Remove chicken from poaching liquid and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice thinly. Toss with a spoonful or two of the dressing.
  3. Finish the salad. Combine all the vegetable components in a large bowl, add the dressing and toss gently to combine. Divide salad onto individual plates, top with chicken and toasted almonds.

Recipe and Photo: A Lovin’ Forkful

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Nutrition Information Compiled From VeryWell.com
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