Sunday, July 07, 2013

Ama B's Sesame Chicken Salad

Another of Ama B's great salads.

1 8 oz package spaghetti or vermicelli, broken into 1/4s and cooked al dente
3 chicken breasts, boned and cut into long 1/4" strips
2 tbl vegetable oil
1/2 cup scallions, finely sliced
1/4 cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted
1/2 to 1 cup snow peas, blanched, shocked in ice water, and patted dry (if large, cut in half)
1 cup whole cashew, lightly salted
4-5 lettuce leaves

Marinade for chicken:
1 tbl soy sauce
1 tbl oil
1 tbl dry sherry
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced

Dressing
3 tbl soy sauce
3 tbl sesame oil
1 tbl rice vinegar
1 tbl sugar
2 tsp hot chili oil

Cook and rinse pasta in cold water til chilled.  Drain thoroughly.  Marinate chicken for 1/2 hour at room temperature or 1-3 hours refrigerated.  Drain marinade and saute chicken in vegetable oil until just cooked.  Drain, cool, and refrigerate. When cool mix with everything, but lettuce.  Serve on lettuce.

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