DCL Recipes: Teriyaki Mandarin Salad with Chicken and Boxed Brownie Boost

12 Jul 2017
DCL Recipes: Teriyaki Mandarin Salad with Chicken and Boxed Brownie Boost Amy Poore

This month, I thought I’d present a couple of potential options for quick summer treats. This teriyaki mandarin salad with chicken is perfect healthy option for those sweltering evenings when you just cannot deal with a hot, heavy meal. And if you’re looking to bring a dessert to a backyard summer party, the brownie toppers are perfection. Trust me: Bring these and watch them disappear quickly.

Have a great July and, as always, bon appétit! 

Teriyaki Mandarin Salad with Chicken

Salad:

8 ounces larger/thinner pasta noodle, like corkscrew (I used caserecce) cooked to al dente 

4 cups spinach leaves 

½ cup Craisins 

⅓ toasted almonds 

¾ cup mandarin oranges, drained 

¼ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped 

¾ lb. of cooked chicken, can be strips, breasts, rotisserie etc. You could also use grilled shrimp or salmon.

Dressing:

⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce  

⅓ cup rice wine vinegar 

½ teaspoon garlic powder 

½ teaspoon onion powder  

¼ teaspoon salt 

¼ teaspoon black pepper 

1 tablespoon sugar 

½ cup vegetable oil 

 

In a large salad bowl, combine all salad ingredients except for chicken. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients.  

Toss salad with dressing, and top with chicken.  

Serve immediately. 

 

Boxed Brownie Boost (Frosting for brownies)

3 tablespoons butter, softened 

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 

2-3 tablespoons heavy cream 

1 tablespoon honey 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1 cup confectioners’ sugar 

Box of brownie mix (plus brownie ingredients called for) 

Whipped cream

 

Prepare brownies according to directions on box. 

While the brownies are cooking, use a hand mixer on low in a large bowl to combine butter, cocoa, honey, vanilla, and sugar for 30 seconds. 

Slowly add in milk a little at a time to get the consistency of frosting, you may need a little more, or a little less.  

Spread over warm brownies. 

Let brownies cool and serve with whipped cream. 

 

Amy Poore is a mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.   

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Amy Poore

I am a newly married 34 year old southern girl. Pooreamy is a play on my name and really an oxymoron because my life is full, rich and happy. I’m an open book who loves to talk, share and hopefully help others with some of the things (actual items and wisdom) I have discovered and continue to discover over the years. I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is the home of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and my Alma Mater.

I grew up on a farm in Cullman eating the best fresh country food you have ever tasted! I was an only child and because my mother and grandmother were both excellent cooks I never once worried about why it tasted so good or how to recreate it (I was kind of spoiled like that – never had to help in the kitchen). Now with my love of cooking, looking back I really regret not getting in there and learning a few tricks from my Mammaw. Luckily, I have my mom to pass on recipes and helpful tips but there are several things she never felt the need to learn either. I also believe that my raising had to do with the reason I love food – all kinds of food – as a child I had to have 3 bites of everything on my plate (Brussels sprouts, liver etc.) and I had to adamantly say I didn’t like it on three occasions to not have to ever eat it again. Needless to say, in the end, there were very few things that I didn’t like. Liver was one of them – I still don’t like it.

So……now I LOVE to cook and eat and I also like to share things. Blogging seemed to be a great way to do both. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it. Please feel free to make comments, suggestions and ask questions. I’ll do my best to answer them all. Y’all come back, ya hear!

Website: www.pooreamy.com/

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