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Thai Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Thai Chicken and Quinoa Salad
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Are you a “Salad for Dinner” kind of person? I know some people are opposed to the whole idea. 🙂  We love them around here, especially during the warmer months when cooking in the oven makes the house too hot. I realize, that your calendar says September and that many of you are experiencing cooler temps already…but we here in Utah are still having plenty of sunny days and I thought it fitting to share one more light and fresh meal that makes use of the grill.

This  great main course salad not only includes fabulous grilled chicken, but is loaded with super nutritious quinoa. Pair those two with crunchy cabbage, shredded carrots, salted peanuts and a killer sweet and savory dressing and you are sitting on my new favorite main course salad, ever. Now, don’t be overwhelmed by the list of ingredients here. It comes together quickly. The chicken only needs to marinade for 1 hour and you can easily cook the quinoa and make the dressing while the chicken cooks on the grill. My family loved it and asked for it again. (Thank goodness!) Can’t wait to taste it again myself! It’s super good guys.

Hope some of you get a chance to try it!

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Don’t leave out the quinoa. It adds a great, grainy texture. 🙂

Thai Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

Chicken and Marinade:
12 chicken tenders
7 Tb yoshidas sweet and savory sauce
3 Tb soy sauce
1 Tb minced garlic
1 tsp sesame oil
Dressing:
2/3 C canola or vegetable oil
3 Tb peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C rice wine vinegar
2 Tb soy sauce
Salad Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) package cole slaw
1 C shredded carrots
3/4 C salted peanuts
2 C cooked quinoa (red or regular)
1 red bell pepper, sliced
4 green onions, chopped

Instructions

1. Stir the marinade ingredients together in a large glass measuring cup.
2. Place the chicken in a freezer safe Ziploc bag and pour the marinade on top. Seal it tightly and allow it to sit in the fridge for 1-3 hours.
3. Heat your grill to 350 degrees and grill the chicken.
4. While the chicken is grilling cook the quinoa according to package directions.
5. Place all the dressing ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Allow it to boil hard for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and set aside.
5. When the chicken has cooked through, place it on a plate and cover it with foil. Let it rest for about 5 minutes (this will ensure that is stays nice and tender).
6. Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Slice the chicken into strips and add it to the salad ingredients.
7. Pour the warm dressing into the bowl and toss all ingredients together.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
http://jamiecooksitup.net/2016/09/thai-chicken-salad/

Recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up!

 

Here are a few more great main course salads from my archives…

Turkey and Cranberry SaladKneaders Turkey Craisin and Sunflower Salad 

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Sweet Teriyaki Vinaigrette from Jamie Cooks It Up!Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad 

Crispy Won Ton and Chicken Asian SaladCrispy Won Ton and Chicken Asian Salad 

Taco Salad (Build Your Own) from Jamie Cooks It Up!!Taco Salad 

 Bruschetta Chicken and Pasta Salad from Jamie Cooks It Up!!Bruschetta Chicken and Pasta Salad 



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5 Comments

  1. 1
    September 19, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Hi Jamie
    This looks nice and tasty, yet another recipe I must try.
    Thank you

    • 2
      Jamie
      September 20, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Thank you Mike. Nice to hear from you. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!
      Best,
      ~Jamie

  2. 3
    Pam
    September 19, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Hi jamie ,
    I would love to make this and the sushi stacks but I am in Canada and can’t buy the yoshiba sauce . Any suggestions for a substitute ?

    • 4
      Jamie
      September 20, 2016 at 7:04 am

      Hi Pam,
      Thanks for your question. I wondered if the Yoshidas Sauce might be hard for some people to access. I did a little bit of research online and have found a recipe would do as a substitute. Here is a link…http://www.food.com/recipe/yoshida-type-sauce-352341
      Hope this helps!
      Best,
      ~Jamie

  3. 5
    Linda McArthur
    September 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    What is yoshidas sweet and savory sauce? Where can I find it?

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