Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

Asian Salads are one of my favorite mostly because of the dressing! This dressing is light and bursting with flavor. This salad makes the perfect lunch or dinner with all of the vibrant colors—you can’t help but be happy when you eat it! Despite all of the wonderful veggies and toppings of choice, the dressing is still the best part about this salad. It is creamy (hint the peanut butter), and loaded with fresh citrus, garlic and the salty-ness from soy sauce—but not too salty because I used low-sodium.

Not a fan of chicken? Top it with steak. Not a fan of meat? Top it with shrimp! You can create this salad the way you like. I used peanuts and crunchy Chow Mein noodles for an added crunch.

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing

This salad is loaded with plenty of texture, nutrition and most of all—FLAVOR!

Ingredients

Asian Peanut Dressing:

 

½ cup creamy peanut butter

2 tsp orange zest.

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp. honey

1 tsp. fresh ground ginger

1 small garlic clove; finely chopped

Salt and red pepper flakes to taste

White sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

 

Chopped Chicken Salad with Asian Peanut Dressing:

1 Tbsp. canola oil

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

½ tsp salt

½ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce

4 cups romaine lettuce; shredded  

1 red bell pepper; chopped

1 cup red cabbage; shredded

½ cup shredded carrots

¼ cup salted peanuts

½ crunchy Chow mien noodles

Instructions

  1. For the dressing:In a microwavable safe-small bowl, melt the peanut butter for 15-30 seconds until runny. Whisk in the remainder of the ingredients and whisk until all ingredients are well combined. The dressing should be slightly runny.
  2. For the Chopped Chicken Salad: Heat a medium frying pan to medium heat and add oil. Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder and ginger on both sides. Add chicken to frying pan and let cook on each side until brown about 5 minutes. Add soy sauce to pan and let cook until chicken is completely cooked and not pink in the middle. Once chicken is cooked, let it rest until you are ready to mix it in with your salad.
  3. For your salad: in a medium bowl, add romaine lettuce, bell peppers, cabbage, carrots, peanuts and crunchy noodles. Dice chicken and add on top of the salad. Drizzle the fresh Asian peanut dressing and enjoy!

***Store salad dressing in an airtight container up to a week in refrigerator. The consistency may thicken—if it does, let it come to room temperature for a creamy dressing consistency and stir to combine as ingredients may saturate.

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Perfect Fit Meals–GIVEAWAY

I had the opportunity to try out Perfect Fit Meals and I was pleasantly surprised. These meals are crafted for a busy person. They are also portioned controlled and the recipes are designed by dietitians who value the integrity of whole-some healthy cooking. It’s great for anyone who is trying to stay healthy by eating balanced and well nourished meals. Eating healthy definitely isn’t as easy as it seems especially when you get home from a full day of work. Luckily, Perfect Fit Meals has you covered and makes it easy for you! They deliver ready meals right to your door and all you have to do is heat it and eat it–super easy!

**GIVEAWAY**

Perfect Fit Meals is offering 3 free meals from your local retailer that offers Perfect Fit Meals. If you are interested, comment below OR email me (kathrynskitchenblog@gmail.com)

Some of their perks of the product include:
-They let you season to taste, so they keep the sodium content low

-All of their meat products are Antibiotic Free and use minimal preservatives to keep meals fresh

-They strive on natural flavors of the product and only use healthy spices and herbs to make it taste the precise flavor that the customers love

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Here’s a peak at some of the meals they sent me:

Chipotle Barbecue Chicken with corn, peppers, and potatoes

Havana Chicken with black beans and brown rice

Herb Crusted Chicken with red potatoes and provolone bacon sauce

Turkey Enchilada Casserole with corn strips, lean turkey meat, enchilada sauce, cheddar cheese, and corn bean salsa
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Ravioli and Sausage Bake

A few of my favorite things in life consists of Italian food..Raviolis is one of them.​ This is extremely easy to make and takes only a few minutes to prepare! I would say if you are in a hurry and want to make something hearty, Italian, and delicious, try this!

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Ravioli and Sausage Bake

Ravioli and Sausage Bake

Creamy ricotta filled raviolis come together with sweet Italian Sausage in this luscious bake. I guarantee you can't just have one bite of this!

Ingredients

1 lb of raviolis (I used ricotta filled Raviolis)

1 pack of Johnsonville Ground Mild Italian Sausage or just simply remove the casings

2 cloves of garlic; minced

1/2 yellow onion; diced

2 tsp olive oil

3 cups of marinara sauce (homemade is always best)

1 cup of shredded mozarella cheese

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; season with salt. Boil raviolis according to directions on package.
  2. In the meantime, bring a large frying pan or skillet to medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic, and onions. Let them sautee for about a minute, then add sausage. Continue to stir the sausage for about 5-7 minutes until it is completely cooked (not pink at all).
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain, and place back into pot. Add about half of the tomato sauce and stir until every single ravioi is covered in sauce. Now time to layer (almost like a lasagna)... In a baking dish, add a layer of sauce to the bottom, then a scoop of raviolis, then a large scoop of sausage, then a scoop of mozarrella cheese, parmesan cheese, and repeat until you are out of ingredients. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!
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Sweet Winter Kale Power Salad

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I have been making this yummy salad for lunch and I love it! Instead of beans, I also use rotisserie chicken breast. This salad is filling and hearty just like a salad should be. I love this because it is so clean, healthy, and every bite is packed with anti-oxidants. You can add your favorite salad toppers to this so there is no wrong way to make this. I also add feta or blue cheese to this occasionally for even more of a perfect salad!

Ingredients:
1 package of cut kale; pre-washed, ribs removed (about 5 cups)
2 tsp + 1 tsp olive oil
1 lemon
1/4 cup raisins
1 shallot; finely chopped
1/4 of your favorite nut mix (I used pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and walnuts)
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of corn; drained
1 cucumber; peeled, seeds removed, and chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Place kale in a large bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and add 2 tsp of olive oil. Massage kale )with your hands)  with olive oil and lemon until it feels tender. This is extremely important because it softens the kale so it is easier to eat. The color of the kale will also turn bright green and look very fresh. Continue to massage for about 3-5 minutes.

2. Bring a frying pan to medium heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil and shallots. Sauté for 2 minutes and then add raisins. Sauté for another 2 minutes until shallots look cooked and raisins look plump. Pour mixture over kale and stir until combined.

3. Add your favorite nut mixture, beans, corn, cucumbers, cranberries, and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

****Another great alternative for a salad topper instead of beans, is rotisserie chicken.
*****This is great for make-ahead lunches, the longer the kale sits; the better!
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Spicy Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas

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This is the easiest meal you can make if you’re really craving Mexican food! I don’t want to toot my own horn on these, BUT these were really reaaaaally good…I’ve been creating different recipes with rotisserie chickens, and this is one of them because they have become one of my new favorites (they are also a favorite salad topper of mine too)! They’re almost hard not to grab one when you walk by them in the grocery store…let’s be real here, they smell too good..I made these the day before we were able to enjoy them and all I had to do when we got hungry was pop them in the oven for 20 minutes and DONE! If you want, you can double or triple the batch and freeze them so you have extra meals when you start to crave this again (and it won’t be long!).

Ingredients:
16 medium sized flour tortillas
3 cups of cooked shredded chicken (I used 1 whole rotesie chicken)
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese (or Mexican mix)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
1 recipe of my spicy enchilada sauce (or about 2 cups)
½ cup light cream cheese (this is the secret ingredient!)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a 13x9inch baking dish, ladle in about ¾ cup of enchilada sauce so it covers the bottom of the dish.

2. Now for the important part—In a mixing bowl, stir in shredded chicken, cream cheese, ½ cup of the shredded cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until combined. Using a tablespoon, spread chicken mixture (about ¼ cup per tortilla) in the middle of the tortilla…like you would if you were making burittos. Roll the enchilada and place on baking dish. Repeat until you are out of chicken.

3. Top enchiladas with the rest of the enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is melted perfectly and bubbly. ENJOY, I know you will. 😉
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