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Spicy Chicken Salad with Coriander, Mint and Noodles

By Melikeyuk
We have been spoiled with the long hot sunny days recently and during the warmer periods, there is nothing better than cooling down with a fresh, tasty, zingy salad to treat our taste buds.
The ingredient list may be lengthy but it is so easy to make!

Spicy Chicken Salad with Coriander, Mint and Noodles

Spicy Chicken Salad with Coriander, Mint & Noodles

Portion Control:
Serves 4
450g/1lb skinless chicken breast fillets
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of medium curry powder
1 tablespoon of muscovado sugar
2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons of shredded fresh basil
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
100g of vermicelli (rice) noodles
1/2 red onion, chopped very finely
large handful of fresh coriander leaves
large handful of fresh mint leaves
50g of mixed baby salad leaves
1 red pepper, cored, seeded and cut into fine strips

For the Dressing:
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon of caster sugar
1 tablespoon of chilli sauce
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1) Cut the chicken into 2.5 cm strips and place in a shallow, non-metallic bowl. In a separate bowl, blend the garlic with the curry powder, muscovado sugar, soy sauce, chilli sauce, basil and vegetable oil.
Pour the marinade over the chicken and use a spoon to ensure all the chicken is coated in the marinade.
Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in fridge for 2 hours. For best results, leave the marinade overnight.
2) When you are satisfied that the chicken has been adequately marinated, turn on the grill to high.
Arrange the chicken pieces on a foil-lined grill rack and cook for 4-5 minutes without turning.
Remove from the grill and cover with foil to finish cooking and to retain heat.
3) At the same time, place the vermicelli (rice) noodles in a large bowl and cover with bowling water. Leave until soft, about 8-10 minutes.
4) Place the sliced red onion in iced water; this will make the onion crisper and slightly mellow the flavour.
5) Drain the noodles and the red onion well and place in a large bowl. Add the coriander, mint, salad leaves and red pepper.
6) In a separate small bowl, mix together the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, chilli sauce, sugar and vegetable oil.
7) To serve, add the chicken strips and remaining juices with the dressing to the salad. Toss the salad gently before serving onto plates.
Has this inspired you to make the same dish? You can always use prawns as an alternative to chicken.
Let me know what you think ;-)
Bon Appétit!

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