Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Digitally enhanced Spiced Chicken Salad

Good news, my friendly reader(s)! Bel from Ooh, Look has finally joined the digital age and got an ipad ™.

The reason for this extravagance is to help cut down on the amount of magazines and cookbooks that I buy by downloading them instead.
So far, this has work reasonably well because I think twice about getting the latest issues, but then I realise that some of my favourite magazines aren’t available yet in digital form. Dang and blast! Get with the times, man! (This means you: delicious/House and Garden/Real Living. By the way, have you seen the new Donna Hay digital magazine? It’s magically brilliant)

So rather than using the ipad purely as an Angry Birds game console, I’ve started making online recipes directly from the source (or rather, website). This is an example of something I found on the Sydney Morning Herald’s site. I added my usual preferred dressing and dinner’s ready. Easy to read, easy to make and easy to eat.

Spiced Chicken Salad
Serves 2

2-3 chicken thigh fillets, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
Olive oil spray
2 handfuls of mixed salad leaves
1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks

2 tblsp fish sauce
1 tblsp rice wine vinegar
Pinch of dried chilli flakes
Pinch of caster sugar
1 tblsp water

1. Place the chicken and five spice powder in a bowl and spray with a little olive oil. Mix until combined.
2. Heat a frypan over high heat and add the chicken and cook until browned all over and cooked through.
3. For the dressing: Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
4. To serve, place the salad leaves on a plate with the mango and cooked chicken. Drizzle over the dressing.

recipe inspired by smh.com.au/lifestyle

Ingredients, including salad leaves, fish sauce, chilli flakes, mango and chicken

Tabitha cat is fascinated by the ipad screen, which is why I downloaded a cat toy app for her.
Chicken pieces are mixed with Chinese five spice powder.

The dressing is super versatile.  It's great on brussels sprouts, too.

A deliciously fresh-tasting salad.
You could substitute roasted sweet potato or pumpkin for the mango.


  1. Tiene un aspecto fantastico!! una delicia de ensalada!

  2. I need to get me an iPad! That salad looks so lovely and summery too!

  3. I WOULD say "welcome to the digital age" but...I still dont' have an iPad. So I am WAY behind the times. This salad sounds delicious!

  4. Isn't the ipad great? Now lets see how long it takes before you purchase an old fashioned non-digital cookbook. I found many on ibooks but sadly they don't have the same amount of photos as the real thing.
    Gorgeous salad, and a big YES PLEASE to the mango. I reckon if I made this it'd have more mango than anyting else.

  5. I don't have an iPad :( Which was all good because I didn't think I'd have much use for it, until I started seeing all these free e-cookbooks and magazines (I think they were previews...) This salad looks so fresh and tasty! I love how it uses mangoes- I'm so in the mood for mangoes right now ;)

  6. Aww usually I have my laptop propped up when I'm looking at recipes.. have yet to join the ipad times!

  7. Can't wait to get an ipad- and to try that dressing on brussel sprouts.

  8. Arent they fab for magazines :) Once my subscription is up for all mine, Im going digital!
    Love the look of the chicken - looks packed with flavour :)

  9. The colors of the salad look very summery in appearance. So refreshing!!! Wanna try this out sometime...
    What's wrong with a little Angry Birds every now and again...LOL!!! I must say, a lot better than Angry Mom screaming around...just kidding!
    Keep posting...Thanks!

  10. I had a filling that if we dined together, we would 'fight' for the same kind of food. ;-))
    I love this salad...it looks terrific!

  11. i didn't think i needed an ipad, but then just last week i discovered that martha stewart magazine has a digital subscription that costs a million times less than the print one. [thinking music...]

  12. I'm with you, since I bought my tablet (Asus Eee Slider) I have bought most of my magazines and cookbooks digitally. I used to buy the physical copies and never get around to reading them so they would pile up but having them digitally means I can take them all with me and read them whenever the urge strikes me. I read more than I used to. Good luck on your challenge. :D

  13. This recipe sounds very good and i think it is delicious and it fits perfect with my taste. My opinion is that this isn`t a very hard recipe so i will try it very soon, thanks a lot for sharing.

  14. I love your beautiful presentation and thanks for the tips on digital recipes. We really should put our ipad into better use, especially with all those magazines!

  15. awesome! congrats on the ipad. and thanks for sharing a beautiful chicken salad, as i'm always searching for the perfect salad recipe

  16. Husband will be buying himself an iPad for Christmas - I'd better not mention the cookbooks and magazines to him, ahem!

  17. Haha...I love my Ipad too (well, mine is a Samsung Galaxy, not exactly an Ipad, but I love it to death..:D)!!)

    Your chicken salad looks so fresh! Love the addition of mango!

  18. Ok, now this is my kind of salad - love the flavor mix and how well it integrates into my "Hamilton Island in 2 weeks" diet... ha :)

    Love the presentation on the square plate, especially.

  19. Looks so good; your photos are great!

  20. I am sure you will love your iPad, I love mine! This one visually beautiful chicken salad. Fantastic color combination of all the vegetables. Your photos are fabulous as always.

  21. aaahhh no! You will now know teh true meaning of 'addiction' LOL

    Your cat will now plot ways to end the iPad rule... I get the occasional 'I'm gonna lie down on your iPad so you'll pay attention to me' from my kitty.

  22. Bel, your salad looks fabulous...and yes, I love my iPad...very practical...especially in the kitchen.
    Hope you are having a nice week and enjoy your iPad :-)

  23. Hooray for mangoes! And salad! And weather that's warm enough for salad to count as a substantive meal :)

    I'm still sitting in the dark ages as far as most i-technology is concerned. I am tempted though. My room would be much (much) less cluttered if I was able to compile the five or so magazines that rock up every month into one sexy tablet.

  24. Hehe you are so cute! Welcome to the joys of an iPad-the first thing I look at in the morning and the last at night! ;)

  25. Oh boy that looks delicious. I got an ipad recently too and I don't regret it. I haven't used it that much in the kitchen, but it's a pleasure to use and gets me away from the computer as much as possible. I found I was spending 10+ hours at a desk so it's nice to have some couch surfing time and still be online. I'm a bit of a internet addict but I'm trying to convince myself that I'm being productive!