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
- 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
* 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.
Then combine the chicken with the toasted sesame seeds and salt.
To make the dressing place both these ingredients into a bowl and mix with a fork.
To serve the salad, divide the slaw between plates and top with the chicken. Drizzle the dressing and serve immediately.
This recipe should serve 4 people.
Happy Cooking & Happy Eating,