Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Betty Crocker Project : Crunchy Vegan Asian Chicken Salad

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I woke up this morning with the echo of a dream and a lingering wisdom : "Don't let your boat turn into Charlie Brown." What does it mean? I have no idea.

But I do know that this salad is a quick lunch that has sunny mandarin oranges, crunchy ramen bits and is salty and sweet all at the same time. In less than 15 minutes you can be eating this and doing any of the millions of things that I should be doing. Why is this week so busy?

PS - Tonight is a big night for us -- more details to come. Wish us luck! Another thing you can do while you enjoy this salad.

Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad
  • 2 Cups of your Favorite Vegan Chicken (we used Gardein sliced into strips this time but you can always use Morningstar Chickn Strips or baked strips of Match Vegan Meats
  • 2 Tablespoon Sesame Oil 
  • 1 Package Vegan Ramen Soup (we used Koyo Organic Noodles - Garlic Pepper flavored but you can find vegan "Oriental" flavored ramen in most grocery stores) 
  • 2 Tablespoons Margarine
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Tamari 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • 4 Green Onions (diced) 
  • 2 Cups Broccoli Slaw Mix (you can also use Coleslaw Mix if you can't find Broccoli Slaw) 
  • 1 Can Mandarin Orange Segments (drained)
In your neglected wok, heat 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil on a high heat. Toss in the Vegan Chicken once the Oil is hot and stir while it cooks. Once the Vegan Chicken is brown and a little crispy. Toss in the Margarine. Once it melts, stir in the seasoning package from your Ramen. Then break up the Ramen Noodles into bite sized pieces and mix in with the melted Margarine.

Cook noodles for no longer than a minute and then mix in the Sesame Seeds. Then toss and cook for another minute. Don't let the noodles burn or brown too much. You want to remove them from heat once they are slightly golden.

In a large bowl, mix Sugar, Vinegar, Tamari, the last Tablespoon of Sesame Oil and Pepper. Add the cooked Noodles and remaining ingredients and toss. Serve immediately.


    1. Good luck! Can't wait to hear your news!

    2. Salads with ramen are the foods of gods. Seriously. Best thing ever. I'm makin' this. BTW, I promise you'll have a VegNews pic soon. I've been deathly ill all weekend and lookin' nasty so I'll wait til my sicky pallor is gone. I'm feeling a smidge better today, so I should be able to get you a photo taken tomorrow.

    3. What a great salad dish. I like the flavors of it. This is not a bland salad, but an exquisite tasting salad.