Sesame soy chicken and salad

Don’t you hate when a recipe goes wrong? I do. It’s part of the reason I started this blog. I was tired of pulling seemingly good recipes only to discover after much work that a particular combo of food just doesn’t work.


It happened to me this week with a great looking recipe for prosciutto ravioli. The recipe itself was a bit much to undertake for a week day meal. But I figured pillows of salty meat and creamy ricotta would be worth it. Ugh! I still shudder thinking about the slimy pile of over-garliced poo that landed on our table when I was done.



I hope reading this blog gives you the confidence to try the recipes I feature. I’m only giving you the tried and true (unless the recipe is clearly labeled as a failure). It doesn’t mean you’ll love every single one, but the ratio has to be higher than finding dishes on your own. And I’d love to hear when the recipes work… and even when they don’t.


This recipe has my full confidence. It works, it’s flavorful, and it’s super fast. Try it and let me know what you think.


Sesame Soy Chicken and Salad
Modified from Cooking Light’s Spinach Salad with Grilled Red Onions

2 chicken breasts
¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 small red onion
1 lemon
1 ½ tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp honey
5 cups baby spinach

Marinate chicken breasts in ¼ cup soy sauce and 2 Tbsp olive oil overnight.

Toast sesame seeds in a small pan over medium low heat. Coat grill, George Foreman or grill pan with cooking spray and preheat. Cut onion crosswise into ¼” rings. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Grill chicken and onions until chicken is cooked through and onions are brown and tender, turning onions frequently.

Meanwhile juice the lemon. Whisk together 1 ½ Tbsp lemon juice, sesame oil, honey and remaining 1 Tbsp soy sauce. Place spinach in a large bowl. Add cooked onions and drizzle with dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Serve half the salad with each chicken breast.

Serve with: fried rice, like Cooking Light’s Yang Chow Fried Rice

It’s coming… » Modern Meals for Two - October 28, 2011 - 3:45 pm

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