Warm Cashew Chicken Salad

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This is another summery recipe that everyone really enjoyed.  Sometimes the little ones get a little turned off by the greens, but there was enough other yummy stuff in this dish to keep them distracted.  It probably also helps that I like to chop my spinach and lettuce fairly small to make it harder to pick around.  :) We loved the flavor on this one! 

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The ingredients:
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
4 Tbs. soy sauce, divided
1/4-1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
1-1/2 Tbs. peeled fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
2 medium carrots, cut into thin strips
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
3 cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
3 cups baby spinach, chopped
3 Tbs. chopped cashews

Directions: In a medium bowl, mix the chicken, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and red pepper flakes, to taste. Cover and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant and lightly golden.

Add the chicken and saute for 3-4 minutes, or until chicken is tender and cooked through. Transfer to a clean bowl (not the one the raw chicken had previously been in).
Place the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the same skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and carrots and saute for 3 minutes.

Add the green onions and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Return the chicken and any juices to the skillet. Add the orange juice and the remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring. Let boil for 30 seconds; remove from heat.

Mix the chopped lettuce and spinach on a large, deep platter or in a wide, shallow bowl. Spoon the chicken mixture over the top. Sprinkle with cashews and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Lyndas recipe box August 24, 2010 at 11:24 AM  

This is a gorgeous looking salad, and tasty too I'm sure. I've bookmarked this to try soon. Thanks!

teresa August 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

that looks so good, i love that it's warm!

Ellis Family August 25, 2010 at 1:18 PM  


It is so fun to see your recipes. . . I had no idea this was one of your many talents! We miss you in D.C. and hope your family is well. I look forward to trying out a bunch of these recipes. . Yum!

Catherine Ellis

Kim August 26, 2010 at 8:55 AM  

Yum - a gorgeous warm salad with crunch from the cashews. Sounds delicious.

Martha A. September 1, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

We made this for dinner tonight and loved it! I had to make a couple changes as i forgot to buy orange juice and am not fond of ginger....but I used some fresh pineapple instead of the orange juice and chicken thighs. It was really yummy! Thanks!

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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