Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Warm Chicken Apple Salad (Curtis Stone)

Mummy... I love this salad!

Trust me. My boy don't usually say this whenever I serve him salad. At most times, he eats his salad with heaps of salad dressing and usually decline when I offer him second serve of greens.

Mummy... I like the apples in my salad.
Me too!
Me three!

I like eating salad with apples. It does give a nice tang and crunch like the coleslaw that we enjoyed with our pulled pork sandwiches.

Today, I'm making this really really really good warm chicken salad with apples and it is a lovely recipe from Curtis Stone at Coles website. When I first saw this recipe, I knew that it is going to be a perfect warm salad for Spring or Autumn. Refreshing to eat and yet warm enough to fulfill our satisfaction. And yes, it is!

Really really really good salad? I really mean it when I say this. Please do not underestimate this ordinary-looking salad. Although it has a long list of ingredients, everything that is beautiful tastes even better when they are tossed together. 

Long list of ingredients??? Yup but please don't be intimated by this recipe as it is not difficult at all to execute. Essentially, there are four main parts of the salad and all you have to do is to make each part separately and then toss all together! No worries at all!!! Plus, I have re-written this recipe into a simplified version.

Hope that you appreciate this beautiful salad combination as much we do.

warm chicken apple salad
Warm chicken apple salad with honey vinaigrette
Here we have two pretty pink lady apples in this salad.
Part One: Roasting the pumpkin
Part Two: Pan frying the chicken strips
Part Three: Make the honey vinaigrette
Part Four: Get ready the greens...
... toasted walnut and blue cheese.
Toss all together!
This is one of the most beautiful way to enjoy apples!

Here's the recipe that I have mostly adapted from Coles

Serves 4

Part One: Roasting the pumpkin
1/2 small butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeded and sliced into 1cm thick wedges
1 tbsp olive oil
1 sprig fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 240˚C (or 220˚C fan forced), toss pumpkin with olive oil and thyme. Place onto a tray and in the oven for 15 mins or until caramelised and tender. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

Part Two: Pan frying the chicken strips
1 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs or any regular breadcrumbs
2 chicken breasts (about 160g each), cut into strips pounded to 1 cm with a meat mallet
1/4 cup plain flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
salt and pepper to season
canola oil for frying

While pumpkin is cooking, season chicken strips with salt and pepper and lightly coat in flour. Shake off any excess.

Dip chicken in the egg allowing any excess to drip off, then coat the chicken evenly with breadcrumbs.

In a large frying pan, heat a 2-3 cm layer of oil over medium-high heat and cook chicken for 2-3 min per side or until golden brown and cooked through, adding more oil as needed.

Remove chicken from the pan to a baking tray and place in warm oven while preparing salad.

Part Three: Make the honey vinaigrette
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp honey
3 tbsp olive oil

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the vinegar and honey. While whisking, slowly add olive oil in a thin stream.

Part Four: Get ready other ingredients
2 apples, preferably Pink Lady Apple, cut into quarters and thinly sliced
3 tbsp parsley leaves
about 200g salad greens
1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted until fragrant

While the chicken is in the oven, place walnuts on a lined baking tray and toast the nuts in the upper rack of the oven until fragrant.

In a large mixing bowl, gently toss the apples, parsley, and salad leaves with enough vinaigrette to coat. Place roasted pumpkins, blue cheese, walnut and chicken into each salad, drizzle with any remaining vinaigrette. Serve immediately. 

Enjoy this lovely salad
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  1. Hi Zoe!
    Your little boy has excellent taste buds, lol...I LOVE apples in salad too especially macaroni salad, lol...Your salad looks delicious and with all those flavors and ingredients I'm sure it tastes as good at it looks!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Zoe...

  2. I like the name already - warm chicken with apple salad.. Like your boy, I don't like salad, but I think I will finish this chicken salad, coz, well, it has chicken in it! And pumpkin, oh yes, I love pumpkin, mashed. Long list of ingredients, yes, a bit long for a salad, but well, I don't mind.. Good food comes with good (and long) ingredients.. All hard work pays off when your boy/hubby says "I love this, very good", and lick their bowls clean!

  3. That salad is sooo awesome! I love fried chicken and LOVE roasted pumpkin! This recipe is lovely! I totally want to make this for a dinner! Thanks for sharing Zoe!

  4. yummy salad with all nutrients...am drooling here

  5. I don't know who wouldn't love this salad! I would love it too :)

  6. Apple theme? Hah! I am so joining this one. This is a lovely dish, Zoe. Very yummy to look at! ^.^

  7. All the ingrediends are delicious together.

  8. Great dish...love the crispy chicken

  9. I love apples in my salad too! Your salad looks so yummy!

  10. Yummy!! A good alternative to the salads I usually throw together (ie, from a packet) hehe.

  11. Hmm... I want some too Zoe ! Slurppp.... Perfect to serve this on a blue Monday. haha....
    Hope you're having a fabulous week ahead dear.
    Blessings, Kristy

  12. Hi Zoe, awesome & wonderfully salad. I've just made roasted pumpkin salad and love it. Yours with added pan fried chicken strips, apples and tossed with greens & honey vinaigrette dressing really really really good!

  13. Appetising and healthy, all-in-one dish!

  14. Zoe! You just made my day with this recipe! I have been trying so hard to get my girls interested in salad and I think this may be the trick. They love apples, squash, chicken...I'm making this soon and I'll let you know!

  15. Hi Zoe , my favorites , chicken , apples and honey , a meal all by itself , just delicious . Thanks for sharing :)

  16. How so very creative, Z. This is a very interesting Fall salad.

  17. The photos tell me everything is good and wholesome here. Love it!

  18. Wow!!! All toss together make a perfect salad. Very delicious :)

  19. It looks yummy indeed, I have always prefer fruity salad than the vegetable ones!

  20. Drooling!! All the ingredients looks sooo yummy!!!!

  21. I LOVE this salad too with all the yummi-licious ingredients ! Love the idea of pumpkin . This is certainly a must try seasonal salad & it does reminds me of autumn ;)

  22. wow thats a nice salad. protein veg and fruit all in one bowl.

  23. I bet the apples help it taste really fresh.

  24. Your salad looks good, and you reminded me of a salad I used to make with apples too. Have to go and see if I have all the ingredients in my fridge.

  25. Hi Zoe,
    I was thinking of making a apple salad from bobby flay recipe.
    Seeing this delicious apple salad I have change my mind.
    I'm going to try this first ;)

  26. Nice salad...I love the idea of warm...especially that Autumn is here...looks delicious with all the ingredients in it...

  27. Fried chicken, apples, and leaves (as my girls call it) are the all time family favourite! I'll attempt to make it this weekend! :)

  28. Zoe, this looks fantastic! I always love the apple -walnuts combo, and add protein (chicken), it's perfect! The blue cheese is interesting twist but anyway, I have everything I need to make this salad...oops, I need to get fresh thyme.

  29. Zoe, I love apples in salads too! And green apples are pretty good in fruit rojak. Yum! Yum!