Shredded Chicken Kale Salad Recipe

At Bites we love this Shredded Chicken Kale Salad. And our customers do too. We usually vary the salads we offer every week but when we made this one for the first time, people liked it so much we had to repeat it the next week.

Kale is known to be a “super-food”, a vegetable which has so many nutrients per portion that eating it is a MUST. We use it in many ways, such as in our Kale Avocado Salad, or making kale crisps to go on the side with our ciabatta. But we never could imagine the success of this Shredded Chicken Kale Salad. Maybe it is the kale well dressed with a mix of sweet soy sauce dressing, or the contrast of the fresh juicy clementines with the chili roasted cashews.

Pay attention to the video because you are going to love this salad.

Shredded Chicken Kale Salad

Ingredients:

BCH shredded chicken kale salad

  • Kale
  • Cooked Chicken Breast (shredded)
  • Clementines
  • Chili Roasted Cashews
  • Spring onion
  • Coriander
  • Brown sugar & soy sauce dressing

Instructions:

  • Roast the cashews: Heat your oven to about 160c fan. Chop your chili into small pieces and scatter them over some unsalted cashews on a roasting tray. Drizzle the cashews and chilli with a  little olive oil. Roast cashews and chilli for about 15-20 minutes or until their colour changes to a golden brown.
  • Soy sauce dressing: add four spoons of brown sugar to 50 cl. of soy sauce. Stir the mix until the sugar dissolves in the soy sauce. Please note; this will give you sauce for more portions. Just refrigerate the sauce and use it within a week.
  • Now, the salad: Put the kale in a bowl and add the dressing. Massage the kale with your hands -remember to wash them before-, squeezing the kale to tenderize it which helps also absorb the dressing properly. With this massage the kale will be softer to eat.
  • Cook your chicken breast and shred it. Steaming the chicken is always the healthier option and it leaves it nice and moist.
  • Put the dressed kale on a dish and add the other ingredients: the shredded chicken breast, clementine segments, the chili roasted cashews and some chopped spring onion and coriander to garnish the top.
  • Add a bit more dressing to the top of the salad and enjoy it!

This Shredded Chicken Kale Salad is highly nutritious. To the nutrients in the kale you add the proteins of the chicken and the vitamins of the clementines and the cashews.

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Guest Coffee: Finca Bosque Lya

From time to time, we offer a seasonal guest coffee. Over the last few months we have had a very fine single origin bean from Finca Bosque Lya – which translates as Lya’s Forest Farm.

These beans come from the mountains of western El Salvador, where they grow in an altitude of between 1470 and 1650 metres above sea level. This peculiarity brings about a coffee of great complexity: sweet and lively with nuances of berries, tea rose and dark fruit such as plums, with a little chocolate on the finish too.

This coffee we are introducing you to is made almost entirely from Bourbon beans. The cherries can ripen red, yellow or orange. Finca Bosque Lya handpick them between January and March and process with water prior to drying them, and then ship them between April and June.

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Bourbon is a mutation of early Arabica species from Ethiopia grown in the Island of Bourbon (now known as Reunion Island). This varietal is known for its amazing complex acidity and great balance and was introduced to El Salvador in the late 19th century.

Finca Bosque Lya was established in 1932 when Gustavo Vides Valdes named his property in honour of his newly born daughter, Lya. This farm is situated in the municipality of Santa Ana, on the foothills of the Ilamatepec Volcano in the Apaneca Mountain range. In this land of volcanoes, many of them active, soil is rich and fertile whilst the views are often strikingly beautiful and always dramatic. Such conditions are perfect for the production of high quality coffee.

Finca Bosque Lya achieved world fame in coffee circles when it took first place in the 2004 Cup of Excellence. This is a 96 hectare farm – 64 of which are under coffee, the balance left as natural rainforest. However, in many parts of the farm it is difficult to recognise what is pure forest and what isn’t since so many shade trees are used.

In addition, Finca Bosque Lya has a Rainforest Alliance Certificate which guarantees its coffee production respects the surrounding environment and preserves biodiversity.

Official Tasting Scores and Notes are as follows:

  • Acidity – 7.5 to 8.5 – Piquant, juicy and pleasing
  • Sweetness – 8 to 8.5 – Very nice sweetness
  • Character – 8 to 9 – Great character – peach, citrus fruits and honey
  • Body – 7.5 to 8 – Depending on the roast
  • Balance – 7.5 to 8 – Has a very good even at a medium roast

We are in the process of selecting our next seasonal guest coffee, so look out for our future post, as well as the blackboard in the shop.