180grams1 cup mixed quinoa (mix of red, black & white)
2Lebanese cucumbersEnglish/Persian cucumbers, de-seeded and diced (leave skin on)
2green onionsscallions, green onions, finely sliced
1bunch mint leavesfinely chopped
1bunch coriandercilantro, finely chopped
60mls3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1teaspoonchicken stock powder
250mls1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1small red chilifinely chopped
Chicken Quinoa Salad
In a large bowl place quinoa, carrot, cucumbers, spring onion, mint, coriander, and the poached chicken.
Pour over the orange dressing, mix well and serve
In a large pot add 4 cups of cold water, chicken breast, ginger, garlic, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, and dried chili.
Bring to a slow boil and reduce to a gentle simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove pot from heat and leave the chicken to cool in poaching liquid.
Once the chicken has cooled and is easy to handle remove from the poaching liquid. With your hands shred chicken for use in the salad. Keep covered in the fridge until ready to use.
Place quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer. Rinse quinoa under cold water, agitating the quinoa with one hand as your rinse. Rinses for around 30 seconds.
This step will remove any bitterness from the quinoa.
Place rinsed quinoa and 2 cups of water in a medium pot that has a lid. Uncovered bring quinoa to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for around 15 - 20 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid.
Remove pot from the stove and cover with the pot lid. Leave to steam in its own heat for 5 minutes.
Remove lid and fluff with a fork.
In a small pot dissolve palm sugar in the red wine vinegar over low heat. Bring to a simmer and simmer one minute. Then add chicken stock powder, orange juice, star anise, garlic and chili.
Simmer for 5 minutes, remove the pot from heat and leave to cool. Once cool strain dressing to remove and solids.
Set orange dressing aside until you are ready to dress the chicken quinoa salad.
Chicken breast is my recommendation as it is the leanest part of the chicken and my choice for this recipe. It does have a tendency to dry out, but as you will be poaching it will be moist and delicious.If you want to speed up this recipe, you can always pick up a BBQ/roast chicken at your local supermarket. Break the chicken apart and use the breast part, removing skin and any bones.
What to do with Leftovers?
Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It will be fine to eat the day after making, but any longer the herbs will wilt and vegetables will lose their crunch.
Excess Orange Dressing
You can keep any excess orange dressing in a screw top jar in the fridge for up to a week.