Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mango Kiwi Cashew Chicken Salad in an Avocado Coconut Sauce

Regrets litter our lives.  Words spoken in haste, sentiments left unspoken.  Ideas remaining only ideas.   Bad decisions made. Actions rashly performed.

Recent regrets include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Choosing to wear flimsy pink ballet flats while spending approximately 12 hours walking around outside.
-Teaching our offspring about the wonders of popcorn and ice cream so that every single day of the week involves toddler demands for these two items.
-Adding butternut squash to macaroni and cheese, tainting the glorious cheese and pasta combination with a cloying sweetness.
-Eating marinara sauce while having a giant canker sore.
-Failing to put sunblock on my back, resulting in painful redness.
-Adding butternut squash a second time to a batch of macaroni and cheese.
-Eating a Granny Smith apple while having a giant canker sore.
-Wearing the flimsy pink ballet flats AGAIN while spending copious hours walking outside.
-Doing that super embarrassing mom move where you lick your hand to pat down a renegade hair on a child, the repercussions of this involved tiny saliva filled hands being wiped on my skin and hair.
-Eating Granny Smith apple in a salad containing both vinegar and lemon juice while having that giant canker sore.
-Picking up way too many avocados at the exact same stage of ripeness, forcing us to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two days straight.

I am not a quick learner.

Future regrets include:
-Watching the upcoming season of Secret Life of the American Teenager.  Now would have been perfect time to stop the addiction.

Looking back, one good thing did result from this surfeit of avocados.  A salad of chicken, mango, kiwi, cashews and cilantro coated in a gingery coconut and avocado sauce.  Most definitely not a regret.

2 chicken breasts
canola oil
1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
3 kiwifruit, peeled and diced
1/2 cup roasted and salted cashews
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 avocado, pit and peel removed
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
2 teaspoons lemon juice
bit of lemon zest
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Sprinkle chicken with curry powder, salt, and pepper, brown each side in canola oil over high heat. Turn heat to low to finish cooking.  Once it has cooked, take off heat and let cool.  Slice into chunks. Place in a bowl with the mango, kiwi, cashews, and cilantro.

In a medium bowl,  stir the avocado and milk together.  Add in the ginger, lemon juice and zest.  Mix in the chicken mixture.  Adjust salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.  Serve with baguette slices or on a sandwich.


  1. I love the look and sound of everything about this recipe!! Usually I'm not so into chicken salad but this looks too good to pass up!

  2. I do love the sound of this! Curry, fruit, cashews and avocado..yum.

  3. I've just came back from Thailand and this salad reminds me the flavours of that country. Looks amazing!

  4. Kiwi, coconut and cilantro in a salad, definitely tropical and definitely a perfect flavour medley- totally not regrettable! I'm kind of dreaming of long, lazy summer days now! :)

  5. What a great sounding sauce for this chicken salad!

  6. Nice and unique pairing with kiwi! I hope you have a bangin' weekend, love!!!

  7. I love coconut milk and mangoes and you've used curry to bring them all together!!!Amazing and I cannot wait to try this recipe :)

  8. It takes me a while to get something in my head also. I'm sorry about the canker boyfriend gets them and they sound awful! But this salad...sounds anything BUT awful. And sounds exactly like a whole lot of awesome.

  9. Oh your regret list was so fun to read. There is no doubt that this would not be a bad decision though! Thank you for sharing with me. What a nice start to my Saturday!

  10. Oh wow! This salad looks incredible. Avocado coconut sauce sounds amazing. I like that you used kiwi in this salad. It's a fruit I don't have all that often, but really like. I cannot wait to make this.

  11. LOL, I love your list of regrets....I do the same thing when I have a canker sore...ouch! And I never would have thought of using avocados in my chicken salad, but your sauce sounds marvelous!!

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