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Chopped Lemongrass Chicken Salad

A layered chopped salad mixes lemongrass-marinated chicken with tropical fruit and summer vegetables.

  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2001

Ingredients

  • 4 whole boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 pounds)
  • Lemongrass Marinade
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for seasoning and cooking water
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch piece ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped into pieces
  • 2 mangoes, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into 1-inch-long matchsticks
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced, white and pale-green parts only

Directions

  1. Place chicken between sheets of plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness. Place in a plastic or glass dish; coat with marinade. Cover; chill 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Heat grill or broiler. Season chicken with salt and pepper; grill until golden brown and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Set aside to cool.

  3. Fill a large bowl with ice and water; set aside. Bring a large saucepot of water to a boil; add salt. Add snap peas; cook until bright green and still crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to ice bath to cool. Drain; cut into 3/4-inch pieces.

  4. Place shallots and ginger in a food processor; process until very finely chopped. Add lime juice, 1/2 cup mint, 1/2 cup cilantro, the salt, and pepper; process until herbs are finely chopped. Slowly add oil through feed tube with motor running.

  5. Layer romaine, mangoes, chicken, red pepper, fennel, snap peas, and scallions in a large bowl. Top with remaining mint and cilantro. Serve with dressing on the side or add dressing to bowl.

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