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Chicken and Mango Salad

14 Mar

I made this salad once before, quite some time ago. I posted briefly about the magnificence of this dish at the time, but after some reflection, I realised that my post just did not give the dish anywhere near enough justice. The recipe was originally posted by The Gourmet Goddess and this is my adapatation of her wonderful creation.

[  Serves: 3  |  Time: 30m + overnight marinade time  |  Cost: $8 – 10  ]

Ingredients

Marinade

2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
1 clove Garlic
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
Splash Lime Juice

300 g free ranged chicken breast

Salad

3 serves of rocket (roughly handful per person)
2 tomatoes, cut into sixths
1 Lebanese cucumber
½ red capsicum
½ ripe mango
handful mixed herb leaves (we used parsley and basil)

Dressing

1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons Fish Sauce
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Generous amount of fresh pepper

Method

  1. In a container, mix all the marinade ingredients. Slice the chicken in long thin strips and place into the marinade. Use the containers lid to seal it. Shake to mix ingredients every few hours. Allow several hours to infuse – over night is best.
  2. Carefully place the chicken on a hot grill pan or BBQ, turning after a few minutes. Remove from heat when cooked.
  3. Assemble the salad as a tossed salad, and place aside in a bowl. Rip the herb leaves by hand, and mix through the salad.  Slice the mango and remove the flesh from the skin. Try to maintain long thin wedges of mango to mix through your dish upon serving.
  4. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small jug, whisking to ensure it is mixed well.
  5. Spread the salad generously on a serving platter. Place layers of chicken and mango over the salad as desired, and finish with a drizzle of dressing.

Observations

  • So easy, so delicious! There are so many variations you can do with this dish, and I am sure they would all be a crowd pleaser!
  • Ethical Note: We have used free ranged chickens yet again. If everyone changed just one chicken dish to free ranged every week, more animals would be spared a cruel, painful existence. Besides the ethical effect of choosing free ranged meats, it tastes so much better!
  • Diabetes Note: Sooooo yummy and so good! Banana’s and sugary things like syrups usually set my BGLs sky high, but the amounts in this dish are tiny. Just the same, go sparingly, but enjoy the flavour 🙂
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