Pan-seared Citrus Soy Chicken Salad

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CITRUSY SOY CHICKEN | An Asian-inspired salad with a rich, caramelised orange flavour

For those who want an Asian touch to their chicken salads, you can’t go wrong with this citrus soy chicken thigh recipe (nb: feel free to use breast if that is what you prefer). Boasting with a rich, dark, and caramelised citrus flavour, this chicken recipe works well when sliced over fresh greens to make a chicken salad, or simply enjoy it with classic sides such as haricot verts and roasted potatoes.

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Given how hot it was today though, I decided to opt for a light summer salad so picked up some fresh romaine lettuce and a huge Californian avocado.Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0790

Pan-seared Citrus Soy Chicken Salad

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PREP TIME: 20 min | COOK TIME: 10 min | TOTAL TIME: 30 min | YIELDS: 1-2 servings 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 chicken thighs (skin-off)
  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ginger, grated
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 handful/bunch of romaine or cos lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • Black pepper and sea salt flakes, to season

METHOD:

  1. Wash romaine lettuce and chop to roughly 1 inch thick.Citrus soy chicken salad-0724
  2. Juice the orange.Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0736
  3. Grate the ginger till you yield roughly 1/2 tablespoon.Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0754
  4. Combine the ginger, citrus juice, soy sauce, in a medium bowl. Soak the chicken thighs in the marinade and set aside for 20 minutes. Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0751
  5. Heat cast iron pan on the stovetop on medium-high heat. Wait until the oil starts to shimmer. Using a pair of tongs, place the chicken thighs on the pan and fry for 4 minutes each side until a golden colour forms.Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0760Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0774
  6. As the chicken is searing, prepare the salad. Toss the olive oil with the balsamic and season with some black pepper and salt.Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0789
  7. Once chicken is done, remove the thighs to a chopping board. Slice into 1cm strips.Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0784Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0787
  8. Transfer the salad leaves to a clean plate. Place the sliced chicken thigh on top of the salad leaves. Place the sliced avocados on top or on the side. Serve while warm.Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0817Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0808-2Grilled citrus soy chicken salad-0834.jpg
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