Jun 16 2010
Food and Drink

Not-So-Chinese Chicken Salad

One of my many passions is cooking. I’m a bit of a health nut, so I’m always looking for tasty figure-friendly foods. Though I must admit, I do have a bit of a sweet tooth.

Anyways, I was in the grocery store the other day and I came across Mann’s Broccoli Cole Slaw. On the back of the package there was a Hungry Girl recipe for Scoopable Chinese Chicken Salad (Serves 4). I thought I’d try it, so I made it for lunch that day. I altered the recipe a bit since I couldn’t find some of the ingredients. So, in the end it wasn’t so Chinese after all, but it was still quite delicious! Here it is if you’re interested:

[image - Mann's Broccoli Cole Slaw]
Mann’s Broccoli Cole Slaw

Ingredients:

  • One 12oz bag Mann’s Broccoli Cole Slaw
  • 9.5oz cooked skinless lean chicken breast or tenders (I grilled them)
  • 3/4 cup + 1tbsp canned water chestnuts, drained, sliced in thin strips
  • 3/4 cup + 1tbsp canned mandarin oranges packed in water or juice, drained & chopped
  • 3/4 cup + 1tbsp chopped scallions (I used 1 small white onion)
  • 1/2 cup + 1.5tbsp low-fat sesame ginger dressing (I made my own dressing)
  • 1/2 bell pepper (I added this)
  • garlic cloves (to taste – I added this)

My Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing:

  • Oil (Canola or Olive Oil)
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Some spices (I used Oregano, Basil, Marjoram, & a little bit of Thyme)
  • Honey
  • Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl or pitcher

Directions:

  • Saute onions, garlic cloves, & bell pepper in skillet with some oil (same as in dressing)
  • Let warm ingredients cool a bit
  • Cut chicken into bite-size chunks
  • In a large bowl, toss all ingredients together with dressing and mixed well
  • The recipe said to refrigerate for at least 2hrs, I think I only did it for 30min.
  • Remove from fridge, stir well and serve

If I ever make this again (which I’m sure I will because it was so easy and very tasty) I would change a few things.

  • I didn’t care for the water chestnuts, so I’d leave those out
  • I’d add regular shredded lettuce as well.
  • The onion worked but I think scallions would be better (which is what the original recipe called for anyways).
  • I would stick with my dressing and also maybe add also mix in a few chopped dried cranberries.

Well, I hope you enjoy it if you make it! Bon Appetit!
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