Marshall Field’s Market Place Mandarin Chicken Salad

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Ingredients:

Chicken and marinade:

1/2 c. soy sauce

1/4 c. orange juice

2 thinly sl. green onions

1 minced clove garlic

1 lb. broiled boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut or torn into strips (bite size pieces).

Fried won tons:

Vegetable oil

6 won tons, cut into 1/4″ strips

Sesame seed dressing:

1/3 c. sugar

3 T. apple cider vinegar

2 1/4 t. onion juice, 1 t. soy sauce

1/2 t. dried mustard

1/2 c. sesame seed oil

3 T. toasted sesame seeds, divided*

Salad:

5 strips crisp bacon

1 c. blanched cool snow peas (cut in half on the diagonal)

1/4 c. diced red bell peppers

1 8oz. can drained sliced water chestnuts

1 11oz. can drained mandarin oranges

2 thinly sliced green onions

2 1/2 c. sliced romaine

2 1/2 c. sliced iceberg

1/4 c. toasted sliced almonds, for garnish*

2 T. toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions:

Marinate the chicken: Combine soy sauce, orange juice, 2 green onions, and garlic in a shallow bowl. Add the chicken, toss well, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Fry won tons and toast sesame seeds and almonds:
Heat several inches of oil in a large saucepan to a depth of several inches over medium-high heat. When hot, add won tons strips a few at a time and fry for about a minute, until crisp and golden. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Toast sesame seeds and almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan, 3 to 5 minutes.

Prepare dressing:
Combine sugar, vinegar, onion juice, 1 t. soy sauce, and mustard in blender. With the motor running, add the 1/2 c. sesame seed oil in a slow, steady stream to make an emulsion. Stir in 1 T. toasted sesame seeds and salt to taste.

Assemble salad:
Combine chicken, bacon, snow peas, red peppers, water chestnuts, oranges, green onions, and lettuces in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss lightly. Divide among 4 chilled plates, top with the won tons, garnish with toasted almonds and remaining toasted sesame seeds, and serve.
4 servings.

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