Bajan Chicken Salad

Bajan Chicken Salad

Bajan Chicken Salad

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We are always looking for new and fun salad ideas, and Salmagundi: A Celebration of Salads from around the World has a wide variety to try. This Bajan chicken salad, a recipe from the book, combines allspice, cumin, paprika and oregano with a mix of fresh, bright-tasting ingredients for a unique and refreshing flavor.

From the Author: "Bajan food is a beguiling mix of Africa and India and the Caribbean. This recipe is a similar jumble—of all the lovely flavors that we sampled on our trip."
Yields
1 servings
Bajan Chicken Salad

Ingredients

A Totally Tropical Supper for 2:

For the Salad Part:

  • scant 1/2 cup / 2.75oz / 75g dried pigeon peas (or 1 can / 14oz / 400g), soaked for 6 hours
  • 1 small jicama or white (daikon) radish, peeled and diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 mango, carefully peeled and diced
  • big handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch of fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 lime 
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • dash of hot sauce
  • Kosher Salt Diamond Crystal 

Directions

Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips of 2in / 5cm in length. Mix the garlic, spices, chili, oregano, lime juice and zest, and oil together in a bowl. Add a little salt and toss the chicken strips in, turning them over so they become well coated in marinade. Cover and leave in the fridge for an hour or so (or marinate for just 30 minutes at room temperature).

Meanwhile, drain the soaked beans, bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer in unsalted water for about 45 minutes, or until cooked without being mushy. Drain and allow to cool.

When you are ready-ish to assemble your salad, preheat the broiler or grill. Shake the chicken so that any surplus marinade slides off, then broil or grill the strips for around 6 minutes, turning once or twice. Keep warmish.

Mix the peas with the jicama, onion, and mango, then stir the herbs through the mixture. Next, use a sharp knife to remove the skin and pith from half of the lime. Discard any seeds and chop the rest of the flesh into the salad (if you don’t like things too sharp, you can omit this part and just use the juice in the dressing instead).

Squeeze the other half of the lime into a bowl, and whisk in the olive oil, hot sauce, and salt to taste before trickling it over the beans. Serve the still-warm chicken on top. Steamed white rice or some good bread would render this dinner rather than supper.

Bajan Chicken Salad

Bajan Chicken Salad

COOK TIME:

A Totally Tropical Supper for 2:

For the Salad Part:

  • scant 1/2 cup / 2.75oz / 75g dried pigeon peas (or 1 can / 14oz / 400g), soaked for 6 hours
  • 1 small jicama or white (daikon) radish, peeled and diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 mango, carefully peeled and diced
  • big handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch of fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 lime 
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • dash of hot sauce
  • Kosher Salt Diamond Crystal 

Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips of 2in / 5cm in length. Mix the garlic, spices, chili, oregano, lime juice and zest, and oil together in a bowl. Add a little salt and toss the chicken strips in, turning them over so they become well coated in marinade. Cover and leave in the fridge for an hour or so (or marinate for just 30 minutes at room temperature).

Meanwhile, drain the soaked beans, bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer in unsalted water for about 45 minutes, or until cooked without being mushy. Drain and allow to cool.

When you are ready-ish to assemble your salad, preheat the broiler or grill. Shake the chicken so that any surplus marinade slides off, then broil or grill the strips for around 6 minutes, turning once or twice. Keep warmish.

Mix the peas with the jicama, onion, and mango, then stir the herbs through the mixture. Next, use a sharp knife to remove the skin and pith from half of the lime. Discard any seeds and chop the rest of the flesh into the salad (if you don’t like things too sharp, you can omit this part and just use the juice in the dressing instead).

Squeeze the other half of the lime into a bowl, and whisk in the olive oil, hot sauce, and salt to taste before trickling it over the beans. Serve the still-warm chicken on top. Steamed white rice or some good bread would render this dinner rather than supper.

Bajan Chicken Salad

We are always looking for new and fun salad ideas, and Salmagundi: A Celebration of Salads from around the World has a wide variety to try. This Bajan chicken salad, a recipe from the book, combines allspice, cumin, paprika and oregano with a mix of fresh, bright-tasting ingredients for a unique and refreshing flavor.

From the Author: "Bajan food is a beguiling mix of Africa and India and the Caribbean. This recipe is a similar jumble—of all the lovely flavors that we sampled on our trip."

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