I have disappeared from the face of the earth, or at least this blog for a little bit. Dealing with the loss of a job, and finding room to get up and hit the road has taken a little time, cooking has been indifferent but, here and there we have had winners such as this Chicken Tikka Salad.
There is a lot of reflections happening in my life today, if you do not want to read the rambling and just want to skip to the recipe, I understand. There are not a lot of pictures and as always scrolling down to the recipes on this site is as easy as the recipes themselves.
It is funny, how I seem to have traded facebook and instagram for linked in these past few weeks. Also, realizing how virtual the job search universe has become in the last six years. The problem is that the kids have grown up too in the last six years.
They have been sharing the anxiety of the process, and adding to the challenges. But, I suppose understanding real life is also a part of their growing up.
This Chicken tikka salad, starts with making a double batch of chicken tikka, and then tossing it into a comforting and satisfying salad. The magic ingredient is avocado’s that absorb the fresh citrus dressing and add a dose of healthy creamy comfort.
The truth is a grilled chicken salad is always a good idea, especially when the mercury is soaring. This version is done masala style, in the form of a chicken tikka. This chicken tikka salad if you are making the chicken tikka for this salad, seems a little fussy, but we enjoy it a couple of times in the year, when the cucumbers are prolific and it is too hot for too much else. In case, people in the Westchester area have not noticed, summer has timed itself perfectly with fourth of July and dropped itself on everyone’s porch and gardens.
A chicken tikka is really a good seasoned version of grilled or baked chicken. Served with sliced garden fresh radishes and red onions, you have a meal that is filling, tasty and generally prepared without much active cooking time. Now, if you want it meatless, it really is not a hassle, just increase the beans or lentils in the recipe and skip out the chicken.
An Indian summer take on a grilled chicken salad, using cucumbers, tomatoes, chicken tikka and a light citrus dressing.
- 11/2 tablespoons tandoori masala (any brand works)
- 3/4 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
- 1 pound of skinless boneless chicken, 2 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup of french or black lentils (optional)
- 1 medium sized seedless English cucumbers
- 1 large ripe avocado, peeled and diced
- 3 to 4 mediums sized heirloom tomatoes or 1 cup grape tomatoes
- 1 medium sized red onion
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 limes or lemons
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pink Himalayan salt
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Micro Greens and Cilantro
- Mix together the yogurt, tandoori masala, salt and red cayenne pepper with the chicken and marinate at room temperature for at least an hour.
- In the meantime place the lentils in a pot with some water and cook for about 30 minutes until tender, drain and set aside.
- Peel and slice the cucumber, the cucumbers should not be very thin. Cut the tomatoes into chunks of halve the grape tomatoes if that is what you are using. Toss the tomatoes, cucumbers and avocados together.
- Thinly slice the onions.
- Place the lentils, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and cilantro in a mixing bowl and mix lightly.
- Prepare a grill pan and add the chicken with the marinade and cook for about 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and slightly crisped and charred at edges. Alternately use the regular chicken tikka.
- While the chicken is cooling, cut the limes or lemons and squeeze the juice in a small mixing bowl, removing any seeds as appropriate.
- While the chicken is cooling, cut the limes or lemons and squeeze the juice in a small mixing bowl, removing any seeds as appropriate. Add in the salt and the olive oil and mix well.
- Add the chicken to the mixture of cucumbers, tomatoes and lentils.. Add in the dressing and mix well with a gentle hand.
- Serve garnished micro greens and cilantro
The chicken for this salad can be made ahead and enjoyed as needed for this salad.