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{October 30, 2015}   Food For Thought: Chicken Pecan Salad and Thai Chai Tea

This was  a refreshing meal and great for those spontaneously hot fall days here in Korea.

Pecan Chicken Salad. Yum!

This salad is very simple and really started out as a hodge podge of vegetables I was trying to use before my next shopping trip. Now it has become one of our favorites.

Chicken Pecan Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Romaine Lettuce
  • 1/2 medium Cucumber
  • 1 large Celery Stalk
  • 1/2 Roma Tomato (seeded)
  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 1/4 cup Glazed Pecans
  • 1/8 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 of a Large Red Apple

Method

  1. Chicken Breast – I seasoned my chicken with a little garlic salt and ground black pepper. Then I placed it in a glass pan with about a 1/2 inch of water and covered in foil. I baked it for 25-30 min on 180-degrees Celsius (350-degrees Fahrenheit). Allow the chicken to cool if necessary (I like my chicken to be slightly warm in my salad).
  2. Arrange salad as you please. With the variety of vegetables and fruit and their colors, it’s hard to go wrong.
Nutrition Facts
Servings 2.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g 14 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 7 %
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 73 mg 24 %
Sodium 160 mg 7 %
Potassium 736 mg 21 %
Total Carbohydrate 26 g 9 %
Dietary Fiber 5 g 19 %
Sugars 18 g
Protein 29 g 58 %
Vitamin A 97 %
Vitamin C 31 %
Calcium 8 %
Iron 11 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

I make this Thai Tea with some variations, thus Thai Chai. While I love traditional thai tea, its too sweet for my diet objectives (look at the nutrition facts below). Still I’ve included the recipe for the traditional ingredients as well as my version.

Thai Tea v. Thai Chai Tea

Traditional Ingredients:

  • 6 cups strongly brewed Black Spiced Tea
    • 3/4 cup black tea leaves (approximately 3 oz.)
    • star anise, ground tamarind, cardamom and/or other spices, to taste (optional)
    • 6 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup evaporated milk

Healthier Ingredients.

  • 6 cups strongly brewed Black Spiced Tea
    • 3/4 cup half Chai tea and the Thai Tea mix below (I prefer a spiced tea drink)
    • 6 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (It melts better in the warm tea)
  • 1/4 cup Original Cashew Milk
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Method

  1. Steep the tea leaves (and any optional spices) in the water for 5-7 minutes, then remove the tea leaves from the water (either by removing the infuser you’re using, or by straining the water to remove the leaves if loose).
  2. While the tea is still hot, stir in sugar until dissolved
  3. Allow tea mixture to cool to room temperature or colder.
  4. Fill tall iced tea glasses with ice, and pour in tea mixture until glasses are roughly 3/4 full.
  5. Add a layer of condensed milk or cashew milk.
  6. Slowly top off glasses with evaporated milk or almond milk, but do not stir
  7. The milks should remain primarily in layers at the top of the glass for aesthetic effect.
  8. Each drinker should stir before drinking.

    Note:
    It’s important to make the tea very strong, since it is ultimately diluted with milk and ice.  Also, you can make a large batch of the sweetened tea in advance and keep it in the refrigerator, then you can just pour it over ice and top it with the milks at the time of serving.  I do this often because we only need to 2-4 glasses at a time.

TRADITIONAL THAI TEA Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 294
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6 g 10 %
Saturated Fat 4 g 18 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 27 mg 9 %
Sodium 234 mg 10 %
Potassium 171 mg 5 %
Total Carbohydrate 53 g 18 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 1 %
Sugars 52 g
Protein 7 g 14 %
Vitamin A 3 %
Vitamin C 2 %
Calcium 18 %
Iron 2 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
thai chai tea  Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 79
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0 g 0 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 27 mg 1 %
Potassium 27 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 19 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 2 %
Sugars 18 g
Protein 0 g 0 %
Vitamin A 1 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 6 %
Iron 7 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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