Asian Sesame Salad with Chicken & Acorn Squash | Ann Shippy MD
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Asian Sesame Salad with Chicken & Acorn Squash

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lbs. pasture-raised, organic Chicken Breasts, flattened to even thickness
  • 1 medium Acorn Squash, seeded and sliced to ½ inch thickness

  • Spices: Powdered Ginger, Mustard Powder, Coriander, Cayenne, Garlic Powder, Cinnamon, Sea Salt
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Aminos (substitute for soy sauce, since it contains gluten)

  • 2 cups Power Green Mix, torn
  • Green, Red, or Napa Cabbage, shaved and chopped
  • Red Onion, shaved
  • Sweet Bell Peppers, chopped
  • English Cucumber, sliced
  • Green Onion, finely sliced
  • Cilantro Leaves & Stems, chopped

PREP:

  1. Marinade pounded Chicken Breasts in 2 tbsp. Coconut Aminos & 2 tbsp. Sesame Dressing, and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
  2. Set oven to 375F. Toss Acorn Squash with Spices and Avocado Oil on roasting sheet until evenly coated, separate pieces to maximize air contact. (Shippy Chef Tip:  Instead of using aluminum foil to line your pan, which may leech some aluminum into your food, use parchment paper for easier clean-up.)
  3. Toss all Vegetables (except for the power salad greens) with enough Sesame Dressing to coat, add good Salt, massage then refrigerate.
  4. Remove Chicken Breasts from refrigerator and pat dry. Rub spices on both sides, set aside.

COOK:

  1. Roast Acorn Squash for 25 minutes, flipping and stirring halfway through. Set aside.
  2. Heat cast iron or oven-proof pan to medium-high heat. Add or spray Avocado Oil. Sear Chicken Breasts, pretty-side down first, 2 minutes. Flip, sear 1 minute.
  3. Add skillet with Chicken to oven. Bake until internal temperature reaches 165F and juices run clear, about 10 minutes depending on thickness. Let rest on plate or cutting board. Slice thinly on the bias, against the grain. Slice into bite-size pieces, if desired. Toss in Coconut Aminos.

PLATE:

  1. Toss torn Power Greens lightly in Sesame Dressing. Add to plate or bowl.
  2. Place marinated Vegetables on top.
  3. Add roasted Squash and Chicken.
  4. Place sliced Avocado on top.
  5. Garnish with Sesame Seeds.
  6. Admire your nutritious meal, express gratitude & dig in!

MEAL-PREP SHORTCUT:

You will get great-tasting chicken with this marinated option, but if you already do meal-prep once a week and prepare chicken in advance, you could add any grilled or shredded chicken that is compatible with the Asian spice blend this recipe features.

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