Firecracker Chicken Salad

My love affair with Thai food is undying. Even being the health nut that I am, I’ll occasionally partake in group-grubbing (aka friends and family eating) at Big Bowl…and if you don’t know what Big Bowl is, you better go ask somebody! Don’t get me wrong. There are some healthy Thai dishes out there. But for the most part, Thai restaurants make food super rich and decadent, with plenty of oil, nuts, noodles, curry sauce and MMMMmmmmmmmmm. Curry sauce…. What was I talking about? Oh. Right. Healthy stuff. He He.

Back to business. So, some fitness and health nuts can live without the stuff they love. I, on the other hand, cheat the system. I ALWAYS figure out a way to create delicious, healthy versions of the foods I love. This has helped me stick to a very clean, lean diet for all these years. And truth be told, I’ve actually grown to prefer the taste of my own cooking to most restaurants. If you’ve eaten healthy for a long time, then you’ll know what I mean by that…there’s just something so rewarding about creating a dish from fresh ingredients, and knowing exactly what is in your food.

Tonight, I felt that hunger pang for Thai food, and created a Thai inspired firecracker chicken salad. I won’t lie. This dish is not for the faint of heart. It’s spicy enough to clear your sinuses, and make your eyes water just a bit. That is exactly how I like my Thai food ūüôā But remember, if you don’t like a certain ingredient, feel free to adjust accordingly!

And before we embark on our little recipe, did you know that certain spices contain fat burning agents called capsaicins? The spices I used in this dish have those thermogenic capsaicins. No, no. No need to thank me.  Just, maybe have a glass of almond milk ready, because capsaicins are also what give the dish its heat. *Insert Maniacal Laugh Here*

So you know by now that I use Trader Joe’s¬†Himalayan salt & garlic powder on pretty much everything I cook.¬†Salt & Garlic powder are just essential for any meat in my opinion. And I hate to beat a dead horse, but Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime tastes like…WOW. Yes, wow is a flavor. And it’s got a Mrs. Dash label slapped across it. Now for this recipe, I’ve added paprika & crushed red pepper for heat, and sesame seeds for that genuine¬†Thai¬†look and taste.


The best way to spice your chicken is to pack on the spices, and rub them in with your hands, so that your chicken strips look like this:

OOhhhh. Aahhhh. In the words of Emeril…… “BAM”.

Sautee the chick-adees until golden. And while the chicken is cooking, let’s assemble our fresh salad! Make sure that all the vegetables you use are organic. If you can’t find organic green and red peppers, then make sure you use a good vegetable wash, and scrub those babies down well! Pesticides be gone! I’m lucky enough to have access to organic produce thanks to my local Trader Joe’s. FYI, anything that you’re going to peel does not need to be organic. In this case, that’s red onions.

We’re going build our salad layer by layer. Starting with Organic spinach leaves, layered with onions (got mine at good ole TJs).

Cut your peppers into rings, and arrange them into a beautiful masterpiece so that it looks like this:

Now top your masterpiece with chicken, and a little Newmans own Sesame Ginger Dressing, and Voila…Firecracker Chicken Salad!

And just in case you need it, here’s a recipe card for this¬†fiery Thai inspired dish. Enjoy!

Firecracker Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: Varies depending on how much chicken you use.

Serving Size: 4 oz. Chicken + 2 Tbsp. Dressing

Calories per serving: 330

Fat per serving: 9

Ingredients

  • Grilled Chicken Strips
  • 1 Tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 2 Slices of Red Onion
  • Big Pile of Spinach Leaves
  • Himalayan OR Sea Salt to taste
  • Garlic Powder
  • Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime
  • Paprika
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet with oil until the oil is rippling slightly
  2. Season chicken with spices, and rub spices into the chicken
  3. Sautee chicken until golden, about 4-6 minutes on each side
  4. Top cooked chicken with sesame seeds
  5. Assemble salad with vegetables
  6. Top with chicken & Dressing

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