Asian-Style Caesar Salad with Five-Spice Chicken

Asian-Style Caesar Salad with Five-Spice Chicken

Recipe Rating: 3.20642
Serves 4 to 6
This salad deliciously blends the lemon and romaine of a traditional Caesar salad with the Asian tang of five-spice seasoning and wasabi powder. Tender soba (buckwheat) noodles pair well with the crunch of water chestnuts. For a complete meal, enjoy with hot, crusty Italian bread alongside.
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon unrefined, untoasted sesame oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 ounces soba noodles
  • 8 cups torn romaine lettuce, (from about 1 medium head)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (8-ounce) can diced water chestnuts, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
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Mix 1 tablespoon of sesame oil with the five-spice powder and salt. Rub on all sides of each chicken breast. Let the chicken rest in the refrigerator while preparing the noodles. 

Cook the soba noodles according to package instructions. When finished cooking, drain and toss with the remaining teaspoon of sesame oil in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

Prepare a grill for medium heat cooking. Grill the chicken on both sides until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. While chicken is cooking, prepare the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, wasabi, garlic, salt and pepper.

In a salad bowl, combine the chilled noodles with the romaine. Toss with the prepared dressing. Slice the chicken into strips and layer across the top of the salad. Garnish with water chestnuts.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 370 calories (170 from fat), 19g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 55mg cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 27g carbohydrates, (4 g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 26g protein.
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