Poached coconut chicken salad with roasted noodles

Poached coconut chicken salad with roasted noodles
  • Serves icon Serves 10 as part of a shared-plates meal.
  • Time icon Hands-on time 1 hour 20 min, oven time 30 min

Fresh with aromatic herbs and juicy pineapple, Simonne Logue’s thai inspired salad is perfect to serve as a summer sharing meal or a generous lunch.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
376kcals
Fat
20.1g (7.7g saturated)
Protein
20.7g
Carbohydrates
25.8g (8.5g sugars)
Fibre
4.2g
Salt
1.4g
Calories
376kcals
Fat
20.1g (7.7g saturated)
Protein
20.7g
Carbohydrates
25.8g (8.5g sugars)
Fibre
4.2g
Salt
1.4g

Per serving (for 10)

Ingredients

  • 500g skinless British free-range chicken breast fillets
  • 400ml tin coconut milk
  • 1 lemongrass stem
  • Large bunch fresh coriander, with the roots if possible
  • 5cm piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 3 star anise
  • 500g medium fresh egg noodles
  • Bunch fresh mint, leaves picked
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 ridged (short) cucumbers or 1 large one, peeled, deseeded and sliced diagonally
  • ¼ small white cabbage, finely sliced
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ¼ pineapple, chopped into chunks
  • 1 large red chilli, chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted in a dry pan for 5 minutes
  • 100g toasted peanuts, chopped

For the thai dressing

  • 100ml sweet chilli sauce
  • 50ml kecap manis (sweet soy sauce, from the world food section of supermarkets)
  • 20ml fish sauce
  • Dash toasted sesame oil
  • 50ml vegetable oil
  • 50ml lemon juice
  • 10ml mirin
  • 1 tsp chopped lemongrass stem
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
  • ½ garlic clove, chopped
  • Bunch fresh mint, leaves picked and stalks discarded
  • Bunch fresh coriander with roots attached (if possible)
  • ½ kaffir lime leaf, chopped

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C/gas 6. Put the chicken fillets in a baking dish and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Pour the coconut milk over the top, then add enough water to just cover the chicken. Bruise the lemongrass stem with the back of a heavy knife, then add to the dish. Take the bunch of coriander, cut off the roots, give them a good wash, then add them to the dish with the ginger and star anise. Roughly chop the coriander stalks and leaves, then set aside.
  2. Cover the dish with baking paper, then a sheet of foil. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the stock, then slice or tear the chicken into strips, reserving the stock for another use.
  3. To make the Thai dressing, put all the ingredients in a food processor and whizz until smooth, then put in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the noodles in half and spread them on the tray. Drizzle with half the Thai dressing, then roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  5. Put the noodles and chicken in a large bowl. Add the reserved chopped coriander and the mint, along with the vegetables, cherry tomatoes, pineapple and chilli. Toss together well. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and peanuts, drizzle with the remaining Thai dressing and serve.

Recipe from In the Kitchen by Simmone Logue.

delicious. tips

  1. This will serve 10 as part of a sharing meal, but will generously serve 5 for lunch.

  2. Make this recipe up to the end of step 4 the day before, then keep everything in the fridge, covered. Continue from step 5.

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