Chinese Chicken Salad

Many national chain restaurants serve a version of an Asian Chicken Salad, but tonight drive past them all knowing that a home-cooked version is waiting at home. The fresh-tasting recipe makes plenty, so it is ideal for a brunch or lunch gathering.

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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
15 mins
Cook:
5 hrs to 6 hrs (low) or 2-1/2 to 3 hours (high)
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Chinese Chicken Salad

Ingredients
2
pounds chicken thighs, skinned
 
Ground black pepper
1
cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
1/2
cup chopped onion (1 medium)
2
1/2
cup bottled hoisin sauce
2
tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2
tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1
tablespoon dry sherry
2
teaspoons Asian chili sauce
1
teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/4
8
cups shredded romaine lettuce
1
cup shredded carrot (2 medium)
1/3
cup unsalted dry-roasted cashews
2
tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Sprinkle chicken with pepper. Place chicken in a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker. Add celery, onion, and garlic. In a small bowl combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, sherry, chili sauce, and sesame oil. Stir into mixture in cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a cutting board, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove chicken from bones, discard bones. Shred chicken by pulling two forks through it in opposite directions.
  4. For dressing, in a screw-top jar combine the reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid and the rice vinegar. Cover and shake until combined; set aside.
  5. In a large salad bowl combine chicken, romaine, carrot, cashews, and cilantro. Before serving, shake dressing and drizzle over salad. Toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

(Chinese Chicken Salad)
    Per serving:
  • 230 kcal cal.,
  • 9 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 3 g monounsatured fat),
  • 71 mg chol.,
  • 584 mg sodium,
  • 16 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 9 g sugar,
  • 21 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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