Sunday, December 20, 2009

Chinese Chicken Salad

1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
Cooking Spray
4 fresh wonton wrappers, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
6 cups finely shredded cabbage
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
Spicy soy-ginger dressing (recipe follows)
1 large avocado, cubed
4 green onions (including green tops), sliced diagonally
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

1. In a 2- to 3-quart pan over high heat, bring about 1 quart water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, then plunge asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 400. Coat a jellyroll pan with cooking spray. Add wonton strips. Coat tops of strips with cooking spray. Bake 4-5 minutes, or until strips are brown and crispy.

3. In a large serving bowl, toss the cabbage, chicken, and asparagus with the dressing. Top with avocado, orange slices, and wonton strips, then garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Spicy soy-ginger dressing. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon Asian red chile sauce (such as Sriracha), and 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger. Slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup vegetable oil or grapeseed oil, whisking constantly. Season with salt to taste.

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