Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Crunchy, Creamy, Meaty, Nutty Goodness!

Am dreading the uploading of photos from Japan... I reckon it would be a slow process. So, here's a little appetiser (literally) for a start...

I present you.... CHICKEN CELERY SALAD!

It's one of our favourite salads - I kid you not. We have this very often. Why? Cos it's easy, healthy (if you use just a smidgen of mayonnaise), it keeps well and if you love celery, you would likely enjoy this.

It's great as sandwich filling which means it will be quite a complete meal - chicken for protein, bread for carbs, raw walnuts and mayonnaise for fats and celery for daily vegs intake.

There is also the flexibility to increase or decrease any one of the ingredients too!

I first made this salad when I got back from visiting Barry' family in Canada. Barry's sister, Alisa made this one day and I happened to be at her place when she was making this salad. I fell in love straight away with this simple yet (ful)filling concoction.

I did tweak the recipe a little bit though with the addition of chilli powder for that extra kick and raw walnuts for more crunch.

Ingredients :
1 skinless chicken breast
chilli powder
freshly ground sea salt
1 tsp olive oil
10 raw walnuts (coarsely chopped)
2 stalks of celery (finely diced)
freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise

Season chicken breast well with chilli powder and freshly ground sea salt.

Heat the olive oil and fry the chicken till browned and cooked - turn once. Set aside to cool before cutting into bite-sized pieces.

Toss the walnuts, cooked chicken, celery, black pepper and mayonnaise in a wide bowl. Sprinkle more chilli powder if desired. Serve slightly chilled.


Mama BoK said...

Oh yes..! the canadians love their chicken salad.. but the store bought ones has too much mayo.. and it's best to make it at home. I use left over chicken meat for this.. ;) But the walnut is a very nice touch.. ! i'll try it the next time .. ;) although PB doesn't like walnut..! but who cares..! hahahahha!!

Diary of Kay El said...

So true about the overdose of mayo. I can't take too much of that stuff... LOL! The gwailo here has sensitive nose and cannot take a cpl of "Asian" stuffs but still, I make them sometimes. My comfort food.