Kung Pao Chicken Skewer Salad
With the vivid and tasty Kung Pao Chicken Skillet Salad, indulge in a memorable culinary experience. In this remarkable dish, Kung Pao chicken is combined with a reviving medley of fresh veggies and healthy greens. Each bite is a tantalizing symphony of flavours and textures, bursting with delight inspired by Asia and leaving you wanting more. Brace yourself for a gourmet journey that will up your salad game and leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. Get ready to be amazed by the harmonious combination of hot, savoury, and fresh flavours in your dish. You’ll be taken to the busy streets of Asia with every bite as the aromas of sizzling spices and colourful ingredients fill the air.
Tossed with a tangy and refreshing dressing, this salad is a burst of freshness that invigorates the senses and satisfies your cravings for both bold and healthy flavors. Whether you’re seeking a satisfying and nutritious meal or a vibrant side dish to complement your main course, our Kung Pao Chicken Skillet Salad is the answer.
Elevate your salad experience with this captivating fusion of flavors, and prepare to embark on a culinary journey that will leave you utterly enchanted. The star of this delectable salad is the Kung Pao chicken, perfectly cooked to tender perfection, and coated in a zesty and aromatic sauce. Its rich and bold flavors are complemented by a colorful ensemble of crunchy bell peppers, crisp cucumbers, and delicate greens, creating a delightful balance of textures and tastes.
Having trouble deciding what to eat with the Kung Pao Skewers Salad? We’ve got you covered, don’t worry!
Steamed Rice: Serve the Kung Pao Chicken Skewer Salad with a side of steamed white or brown rice. The rice provides a neutral base that complements the bold flavors of the salad.
Noodles: Pair the salad with a side of cooked Asian noodles, such as chow mein, soba, or rice noodles. Toss the noodles with a light sesame dressing or soy sauce for added flavor.
Vegetable Stir-Fry: Prepare a quick and vibrant vegetable stir-fry with a medley of colorful vegetables like broccoli, carrots, snap peas, and mushrooms. Season it with soy sauce, garlic, and ginger for a delicious and healthy side dish.
Steamed Vegetables: Serve the salad alongside a plate of steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, or bok choy. The steamed veggies provide a light and nutritious accompaniment to the bold flavors of the salad.
Fresh Fruit Salad: Prepare a refreshing fruit salad using a variety of seasonal fruits. The natural sweetness and juiciness of the fruits balance out the spicy and savory flavors of the Kung Pao Chicken Skewer Salad.
Asian Cucumber Salad: Slice cucumbers into thin rounds and toss them with rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. This tangy and refreshing salad complements the heat of the Kung Pao flavors.
Steamed Dumplings: Serve the salad with a side of steamed dumplings, either vegetable or meat-filled, for a delightful combination of textures and flavors.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers, alternating with the diced bell peppers and onions.
Brush the skewers with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Grill the skewers for about 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and lightly charred.
While the skewers are cooking, heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
Pour the prepared Kung Pao sauce into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
In a large bowl, toss the mixed salad greens with a drizzle of the Kung Pao sauce.
Remove the cooked skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes. Remove the chicken from the skewers and place it in the bowl with the dressed salad greens.
Sprinkle the unsalted peanuts, sliced green onions, and sesame seeds over the salad. Drizzle with additional Kung Pao sauce if desired.
Gently toss the salad to combine all the ingredients and coat them with the flavorful sauce.
Divide the Kung Pao Chicken Skewer Salad among serving plates. Garnish with additional sesame seeds and sliced green onions, if desired.
YOUR KUNG PAO CHICKEN SKEWER SALAD IS READY TO SET FIRE!
- 1 lb (450g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 cups mixed salad greens
- 1-2 tbsp. Kung Pao Sauce
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions (scallions)
- Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
Can I use other types of meat instead of chicken?
Yes, you can use other types of meat such as shrimp, beef, or tofu in place of chicken for the skewers. Adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the protein you choose.
Can I serve the salad warm or cold?
The salad is typically served at room temperature or chilled, but you can serve it warm if desired. Allow the grilled chicken skewers to cool slightly before assembling them with the salad greens.
Can I grill the chicken skewers indoors?
Yes, if you don’t have access to an outdoor grill, you can use a grill pan or even a regular skillet on the stovetop to cook the chicken skewers. Heat the pan over medium-high heat and follow the same grilling instructions.
Can I make the salad gluten-free?
Yes, you can make the salad gluten-free by ensuring that the soy sauce and hoisin sauce used in the Kung Pao sauce are gluten-free. Look for gluten-free versions of these sauces or use tamari sauce as a substitute.
Can I make the salad nut-free?
If you have a nut allergy, you can omit the peanuts or substitute them with toasted seeds like pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds for a nut-free option.