Chicken and Rice Salad with Nam Jim Dressing

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Chicken and Rice Salad with Nam Jim DressingHello, friends! It’s been too long since my last recipe post and I apologize. I’ve been cooking like crazy this summer, but for some reason I just keep running out of time and/or energy when it comes to snapping a picture and writing everything down.

Summer in Seattle means it’s light out until 9:30, so we’ve been eating a lot later. That’s definitely one of the problems. And I’ve also been trying to watch the calories. Yeah, right… that’s why I made the Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake last week – but no, seriously, I have been trying – so lot’s of salads with whatever is hanging around in the fridge or whatever is ripe in the garden. In other words, SNAP PEAS. I finally just had to yank the plants out because I honestly had maxed out on allowable snap pea consumption for a single month. We’re moving on to zucchini, green beans and tomatoes. YAY!

So yesterday I finally carved out enough time in the day to make dinner, take a picture, and enjoy the meal. I made a really lovely, Thai inspired poached chicken salad with a spicy nam jim dressing…

Baby arugula tossed with cold poached chicken, basmati rice, green beans, yellow pepper, cilantro, mint, and nam jim – a spicy Thai dressing made with lime juice, chilies, sugar and fish sauce. So refreshing, low-calorie, and beautiful!

Ingredients for poaching liquidIt was also a chance to use some of the star anise we bought on our trip to India earlier this spring, which made me very happy.

This is a good salad recipe to prep ahead of time. You can poach the chicken, cook the rice, blanch the green beans and make the dressing up to two days ahead.

Toss the salad and serve it with a very cold glass of Savignon Blanc. It’s a perfect patio dinner.

Enjoy!

Like Thai Food? You might also enjoy these recipes:

Thai Steak Salad
Thai Grilled Chicken
Thai Curry Chicken
Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

Chicken and Rice Salad with Nam Jim Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Salad, Chicken, One-Dish Meal
Cuisine: Thai Inspired
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • FOR THE SALAD:
  • 2 boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts
  • 6-inch piece lemon grass, cut into chunks
  • 3 pieces whole star anise
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 1 cup basmati rice (I used a combination of brown, red & white)
  • 20 green beans, sliced diagonally into three pieces each
  • 1 medium bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups baby arugula, stems removed
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped mint
  • FOR THE DRESSING
  • 4-inch piece lemon grass, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large serrano pepper, coarsely chopped (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
Instructions
  1. POACH THE CHICKEN:
  2. In a medium sauce pan with a lid, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add lemon grass, star anise, ginger and chicken.
  4. Place the lid on the pot and poach the chicken for 10 to 15 minutes until it is cooked through.
  5. Remove the chicken from the poaching liquid to cool, but save the liquid.
  6. Refrigerate the chicken until you are ready to assemble the salad.
  7. COOK THE RICE:
  8. Strain the poaching liquid to remove the pieces of lemon grass, anise and ginger.
  9. Wash the pot, then return it to the stove with the poaching liquid.
  10. Bring the liquid to a boil, then add the rice and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
  11. NOTE - all of the water will not be absorbed. Drain the rice in a colander and set aside to cool.
  12. Refrigerate the rice until you are ready to assemble the salad.
  13. BLANCH THE GREEN BEANS:
  14. Bring a small pot of salted water to a boil.
  15. Add the beans and cook until they are crisp tender.
  16. Drain and refresh in an ice bath or under cold water to stop the cooking process and preserve their bright green color.
  17. Refrigerate the beans until you are ready to assemble the salad.
  18. MAKE THE DRESSING:
  19. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Place dressing in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  20. MAKE THE SALAD:
  21. Slice the poached chicken into thin slices.
  22. Combine the chicken, rice, arugula, green beans, yellow pepper, cilantro, mint in a large bowl. Toss with dressing and serve immediately.

 

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