This Poached Coconut Chicken Sesame Salad is perfect BBQ food for parties or just for dinner.
It’s my new favourite, a combination of Coconut, Coriander, mint, crunchy cabbage and a truck load of sesame seeds. What could be better? I’ve turned into my son, and love making a big bowl of something delicious that I can eat for days on end through all the hot and horrible days I don’t want to cook anything.
Luckily all that green and crunchy suits me just fine. The one thing about this salad that is spectacular is the way I poach the chicken. Chicken poached in coconut and herbs like this can be used in loads of other salads. Its pretty good thrown into a chilli, lime and mango noodle salad and not so shabby tossed with roasted sweet potato, peanuts and beanshoots too. I’m going to show you how you can make Coconut Poached Chicken, to be used in this Cabbage Sesame and any other one you like, it’s easy.
Salt the cabbage it makes all the difference
Did you know that if you slice your cabbage and lightly salt it before dressing it becomes soft and limp. That doesn’t really sound all that great does it? But in fact it is. It makes it softer and easier to add the dressing and easier for it to start that dressing flavouring the salad. It’s nice and crunchy but soft and ready to munch!. Just a bit of salt will do the trick toss the cabbage and let it sit for a couple of minutes while you get the other bits ready.
Give it a try.
Once I have poached the chicken, I shred it into bite sized pieces, just by hand and then set it aside in the fridge. This salad is a beauty, and will surprise people because it’s a bit different and quite filling too. It’s best eaten the day you make it, although as I have already said….I can eat it for days. It’s my kind of fast food.
This is how it’s done. Watch the video and give the Poached Coconut Chicken Sesame Salad a try. It’s extra delicious.
- 400 ml / 14 oz or 1 can coconut milk or cream
- 1 cup / 250 ml / 8.5 oz chicken stock
- 3 stalks green onion, chopped
- 4 or 5 slices of ginger
- 3 cloves of garlic cut/ crushed
- 2 stalks coriander roots and all
- 2 Tablespoons / 40 ml fish sauce
- 1 kg even sized chicken breasts (about 6)
- 4 Tablespoons / ¼ cup / 80 ml / 2.7 oz sesame oil
- 4 Tablespoons / ¼ cup / 80 ml / 2.7 oz rice vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons/ 40 ml / 1.35 oz ( juice of 2 limes)
- ½ cup / 125 ml / 4 oz coconut poaching liquid
- ¼ of a large cabbage ( approx 500-800 gm / 1.7 lb)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup corn kernels from 2 ears of corn (uncooked)
- 1 cup coriander stalks chopped leaves picked (1 bunch)
- 1 cup sliced green onion- shallots( about 5 stalks)
- 1 bunch of picked mint
- ½ cup fried shallots (Asian stores)
- ½ cup toasted sesame seeds
- Add the coconut, chicken stock, fish sauce, green onions, ginger and garlic to a pot that has a fitting lid. Add the chicken breasts ( approximately 6 in a kg). Bring the pot up to a boil. When it starts to boil stir and put the lid on. Turn the heat off and don't lift the lid again for 15 minutes. The chicken should be perfectly poached
- **Check the thickest piece. Make sure there are no pink left in the chicken. Reheat those pieces to make sure it is cooked.
- Take the chicken out of the pot and put the poaching liquid and chicken in the fridge.
- Finely slice the cabbage. Mix the salt through it and set aside for at least 10 minutes to ½ an hour while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Add the corn, sliced green onion, coriander and mint to the cabbage. Slice or tear the chicken into pieces and add that too. Add the fried shallots and ¾ of the sesame seeds. Toss together.
- Add the sugar, vinegar, lime juice , sesame oil and ½ cup of poaching liquid and shake well.
- Dress the salad and toss well.
- Finish the salad with the extra seeds and some coriander.
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Idea inspired by TheKitchn.