Ginger Poached Chicken with Fennel and Apple Slaw

Ginger Poached Chicken with Fennel and Apple Slaw

The first thing I must insist on about this recipe is how essential the apple will be to really make the flavour complete.  Last minute I thought I’d give this one a go and with no apples thought that a pear might work as a suitable substitute.  Unfortunately whilst we had the sweet, it really was lacking in the crunch that only an apple can bring.

Apart from that I loved this recipe for its simplicity and its nice marriage of flavours.  Fresh, crunchy and light in texture it was satisfying without feeling like it was going to weigh you down.   An added bonus was that it included some of my favourite ingredients  (sesame seeds and poached chicken) and it really was very simple to put together.  I would recommend this as a meal on its own, but could see the slaw being a great alternative at a bbq dressed in the buttermilk dressing and a dash of the toasted sesame seeds.

If you are looking to eat healthy and low-fat then you really don’t have to look further than trying this recipe on for size.  Another winner from Donna Hay.

Ginger Poached Chicken with Fennel and Apple Slaw

Ginger Poached Chicken with Fennel and Apple Slaw

The Chicken

  • 2 cups chicken stock or filtered water
  • 8 slices of fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 3 chicken breast fillets
  • 1 tbl sp. sesame seeds, toasted
  • salt

* for extra tips on poaching chicken, check out this post which details the process in more detail

Fennel and Apple Slaw

  • 2 bulbs baby fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbl sp. lemon juice.

Place the Stock or water, ginger and garlic into a large saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Gently place the whole chicken breasts into the water and cook for about 5 minutes.  Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow to stand for approx ten minutes.  Remove the chicken from the poaching liquid and tear into strips with two forks.

Ginger Poached Chicken with Fennel and Apple Slaw

Then combine the chicken with the toasted sesame seeds and salt.

Ginger Poached Chicken with Fennel and Apple SlawIn a separate bowl combine the slaw ingredients apart from the butter milk and lemon juice.

Ginger Poached Chicken with Fennel and Apple Slaw

To make the dressing place both these ingredients into a bowl and mix with a fork.

Ginger Poached Chicken with Fennel and Apple Slaw

To serve the salad, divide the slaw between plates and top with the chicken.  Drizzle the dressing and serve immediately.

Ginger Poached Chicken with Fennel and Apple Slaw

This recipe should serve 4 people.

Happy Cooking & Happy Eating,

Leah

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. ladyredspecs says:

    Looks yum! How did you go with the buttermilk? Xx

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    1. Leah says:

      wasn’t too bad with the buttermilk. I didn’t go crazy on it and hadn’t had any dairy for about two weeks prior. I’m not sure that I’d eat it every day, but nice for a treat. 🙂

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  2. nancy@jamjnr.com says:

    I clicked through from your Mum’s blog – I love how you chat to each other through the comments of your posts. My Mum does the same and it always makes me smile when I see her name pop up. I’m off for a nosey around your other recipes…

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    1. Leah says:

      Hi Nancy,

      thank you for the lovely comment. I think food is a very big part of our family conversation and one I value immensley. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed exploring my blog. 🙂 Leah

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