Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DIY Panera Bread Asian Sesame Chicken Salad

Contributor| KRISTINA JONES Toledo,OH

So who loves the Asian Sesame Chicken Salad from Panera? 
I do!  It is absolutely delicious and my favorite.
Well, now you can make it yourself with this easy recipe.
If you can't tell, I'm ready for spring and summer!  I'm getting 
 excited about  picking fresh lettuce and cilantro right from the
 garden. This recipe really tastes exactly the same as Panera,  but
you can feed your whole family for a fraction of the price
you'd pay at the restaurant.

2 Wonton wrappers
Canola oil, for frying
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
4 cups romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces, loosely packed
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
3 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, grilled and sliced thinly on a bias
1/4 cup Panera Bread Asian Sesame Dressing (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Asian Sesame Dressing:
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil

Preheat, the oven to 350 degrees F. To prepare wonton strips, cut wonton wrappers into ¼-inch strips. In a deep skillet, pour canola oil to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. Heat Oil to 365 degrees F. Carefully drop wonton slices into hot oil and fry for about 30 seconds, or until crisp and golden. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.

Arrange almonds in a single layer on a sheet pan. Toast in the oven for 5 minutes, toss nuts, then toast for an additional 5 minutes, or until golden. Remove from pan to cool.

To make the asian sesame dressing, combine all ingredients except canola oil in a medium mixing bowl with a wire whisk. Once ingredients are combined, slowly pour in the oil while whisking to form an emulsion.

To make the salad, toss the lettuce, cilantro, wonton strips, chicken and dressing in a large mixing bowl until combined. Place the mixture on a serving plate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and almonds and serve.

Presented By: Panera Bread

Monday, March 18, 2013


Contributor| TERESA Grand Rapids,OH

I recently discovered the recipe for this brown garlic sauce. I can't believe the intensity of the sauce and how easy it is to make and use! The recipe makes enough for at least three hearty dishes since the flavors are strong and easily diluted by adding additional broth or water. It's a salty sauce so I don't add any to the dish I'm intending to add it to. Tonight, I even used water instead of broth when I made it to help tame the 'saltiness' of the sauce. It's a very versatile sauce.  You will think you are eating Asian street food!!
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