Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Green Curry Chicken Summer Roll Salad

As promised, here is the recipe for last Wednesday's dinner. Clearly the photo above is a summer roll, not a summer roll salad. I didn't take a photo of the salad when I made it as I assumed the recipe with a photo would be on their website and I was going to just link to it in the previous post, but alas, it didn't work out that way.

This salad is perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. In the note preceding the recipe in Food and Drink magazine they describe it as "deconstructed summer rolls". It's very refreshing light. And delicious of course.

As I mentioned in the the previous post, the flavor of the green curry paste didn't come through in the salad as it was only in the marinade for the chicken. I have adapted the recipe to include some green curry paste in the dressing for the salad as well.

Adapted from Food and Drink
Serves 4 for lunch or 2 for dinner

*All of the components of salad can be made up to 24 hours in advance, refrigerated, and and tossed together when ready to serve. 
*To change up the salad, you could also use shrimp in place of chicken, shortening the marinating time to just an hour.

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk from a 398 ml can
  • 1 tsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp green curry paste
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4 large)

  • 8 oz rice vermicelli
  • 2 large carrots, julienned
  • 1 seedless cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 large red pepper, thinly sliced
  • chopped fresh cilantro or mint, to garnish
  • remaining coconut milk from can
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp green curry paste
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
Combine marinade ingredients in a large freezer bag and add chicken. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 48 hours.

Preheat grill to medium or preheat broiler. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade, and season with salt and pepper. Place on oiled grill or on baking sheet under broiler for about 20 minutes, turning once, or until no longer pink inside. Remove from heat and let cool.

Place rice noodles in a large, heatproof bowl or baking dish and cover with enough boiling water to cover. Let soak for about 2 minutes, or until tender. Drain water and rinse under cold water. Drain well.

For dressing, combine coconut milk, brown sugar, fish sauce, and curry paste in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring often, until reduced by about one third. Remove from heat and stir in lime zest and lime juice. Pour into salad bowl that you will be using to serve salad and cool slightly. Add drained noodles, toss, and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

To serve, slice chicken, add chicken and vegetables noodles and garnish with cilantro or mint.

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