Saturday, May 22, 2010

Oriental Chicken Salad

I recently tried this recipe from a 2002 Quick Cooking Annual Cookbook. It was a big hit with everyone here at home and an even bigger hit when I made it a second time for out of town guests.

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 medium head iceberg lettuce, torn(I used Romain)
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 cup salted cashews
1 cab (8 0z) sliced water chestnuts drained(I omitted these)
1 package frozen snow peas thawed(6 oz)
1 can chow mein noodles(3 oz)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
In small saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. In a large salad bowl, combine the remaining ingredients;add dressing and toss to coat. Serve immediately. 8-10 servings.
This was listed as a main dish salad. I think for a light lunch or dinner it is fine, but for heartier eaters or a fuller meal I'd add a soup or egg rolls, or something a little extra. We had rice noodle soup! Enjoy!