Chicken, Japanese, Salad

Wasabi Chicken Salad

So the Husband has started the Atkins diet and actually following it more or less. with a few exceptions. Hence, I cooked him the following meal this evening. I did realise after that a few of the things wasn’t really allowed in what is called phase 1 of the Atkins diet, but no matter what he will be eating much healthier than before…  (so that is okay) 😛

We did cook one of the chicken breasts without the wasabi peas so Toddler Blip could try it as well.. wasabi is a bit strong for him. – he was still NOT convinced!

wasabi salad 1

I could see this working very well with a slice of homemade bread, but that we will have to do another time. We only made half portion though. 🙂 as there is no way me and him and our lovely Toddler Blip, could eat all of this, but it would make a lovely lunch the following day – if bringing to work.  

Serves 4

100 g Wasabi peas
100 ml Milk
600 g Chicken breast or chicken thighs
160 g edamame beans (soy beans)
60 g Baby spinach leaves
1/2 a medium cucumber
1/4 of a Mooli finely sliced or a handful radishes finely sliced
Some steamed broccoli florets (optional)
1 Avocado sliced
1 tbsp Drained Pickled Ginger

Dressing:
1 Tablespoon Rice wine vinegar (any vinegar will do).
2 tbsp Sesame seeds, toasted
2 tbsp Mirin
2 tsp Soy Sauce (or Tamari)
1/2 teaspoon wasabi Paste
1 small clove Garlic


Method:

1.       Preheat the oven to 180C
2.       Pulse the Wasabi peas in a food processor until finely chopped, transfer to a bowl. Place milk in another bowl.
3.       Flatten the chicken slightly, then dip it in the milk and afterwards coat in wasabi peas, season with salt (be careful though, as the wasabi peas are slightly salty already).  Place the chicken on a baking tray (with baking paper). Cook for 15 min or until cooked through.
4.       Finely slice the radishes, make ribbons of the cucumber and finely slice the avocado.
5.       Steam the edamame beans until tender, then cool under cold water.  Combine with the spinach.
6.       Roast the sesame seeds in a pan.
7.       Combine all the ingredients for the dressing and add the toasted sesame seeds.
8.       Now arrange the edamame beans, spinach and the rest of the salad ingredients on a nice big platter.
9.       Finely slice the chicken and add to the salad, chop the ginger and put over.
10.   Serve with the dressing on the side.
11. EAT IT… mmmmmm

wasabi salad 2


Bon Appetite – as my granddad would have said.

Costings:
100 g Wasabi peas (£2.00/200g x 100g)= £1.00
100 ml Milk (£1.00/ 2272 ml x 100ml) = 5p
500 g Chicken breast or chicken thighs = (£5.50/950g x500g)= £2.89
160 g edamame beans (soy beans)= (£2.00/600g x160g)= 53p
60 g Baby spinach leaves (£1.50/240g x60g ) = 38p
1/2 a medium cucumber = 25p
Handful radishes finely sliced, 1/2 packet from tesco 23p
1 Avocado sliced 44p
1 tbsp Drained Pickled Ginger (£1.99/190gx20p)=21p
Dressing:
1 Tablespoon Rice wine vinegar (any vinegar will do). (£1.99/150ml x 18ml) = 24p
2 tbsp Sesame seeds, toasted = (0.85p/100g x10g)= 9p
2 tbsp Mirin (£1.59 /150ml x 36ml) = 38p
2 tsp Soy Sauce (or Tamari) – (£1.70 /500ml x 14 ml) = 5 p
1/2 teaspoon wasabi Paste 18p
1 small clove Garlic 3p
= £6.95

You could make this dish much cheaper by replacing the Wasabi peas with salted peanuts. And instead of edamame beans use normal peas.

Use chicken thighs instead of the chicken breast (this is quite a good saving £2.73 a kg compared to £5.79 for chicken breast) and serve with homemade pita/naan bread.

This works well as a filler. I have also previously bought wasabi pouches/ginger in Yo Sushi at 5p each. One of each is enough for the recipe – you can walk in and just buy that.

In the meal my husband did today, he replaced normal radishes with Mooli (Japanese Radish) as we got one reduced in Tesco. You may also notice that one of the chickens doesn’t have the Wasabi peas on, this was down to the fact that my son will refuse the wasabi peas and as I’m currently unwell Wasabi doesn’t go too well with me either.