I am still making my way through the 200 Super Salads book by Alice Storey. Curried Chicken-Mango Salad! Some heat and some sweet. It's also a good recipe for a play! I am nearing the end of my adaptation of Pride and Prejudice so am looking for easy, summery dishes. This fit the bill, the "kids" approved and bless-my-husband's-heart, he eats what I put on his plate - and - he cooks, too!
SPICED CHICKEN AND MANGO SALAD (Serves 4)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes (well, mine took a wee bit longer)
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 5 oz each; sliced into strips
6 t mild curry paste (I used the red one)
4T lemon juice
2/3 cup plain yogurt
1 mango, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
1 cup watercress
1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced (I used a whole one - living on the edge)
1/2 red onion, diced (I used 1/4 of one - getting off the edge)
1/2 iceberg lettuce head (any lettuce would do)
Slice chicken breasts into long slices. Put 4 t of the curry paste in a plastic bag with the lemon juice and mix together by squeezing the bag. Throw in the chicken and make sure all is coated.
Half-fill a steamer basket with water and bring to a boil. Steam the chicken in a single-layer covered for five minutes until cooked. (My steamer basket is tiny so I just cooked it in a saute pan till juices ran clear - about 8-10 minutes - turning them once.
Meanwhile, mix the remaining curry paste in a bowl with yogurt. Tear the watercress into bite-size pieces. (My watercress were already bite-sized! Thank-you, Mother Nature.) Add it to the yogurt dressing along with the cucumber, mango and red onion. Toss gently.
Tear the lettuce or shred it or whatever you like to do and arrange it on a platter or individual serving plates. Spoon mango mixture over the lettuce. Add the warm chicken strips to the top and serve immediately.
I could have been on a lanai in Hawaii. Sometimes I travel through my plays. Often, I travel through my meals. No security check, no baggage, no turbulence. Sometimes all it takes is a mango to transport you.