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Chinese chicken salad



1 pack chicken breasts, deboned and cut into thin strips
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup peeled fresh ginger slices plus 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup coarsely chopped onion
1/4 cabbage, trimmed and cut lengthwise into thin slices
1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into thin strips
1 large carrot, cut into thin matchsticks
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds



1. Bring 4 cups water, 1/4 cup vinegar, the ginger slices, and 2 tablespoons soy sauce to boil in a large saucepan. Add chicken and simmer 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and let stand, covered for about 5 minutes. Drain chicken and discard ginger slices. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and cut diagonally crosswise into thin slices.

2. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon grated ginger, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, the sesame oil, vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons water, and the onion together in a large bowl; salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cabbage, bell pepper, carrot, three-quarters of the chicken slices, and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds until well combined.

Mound salad on serving plates, top with remaining chicken slices and sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.


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