This is a colorful and wonderfully zippy chicken and spelt salad with a spicy soy sauce dressing.

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
10
Max Servings:
10
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, vinegar, peanut butter, cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, and serrano in a small bowl; set aside.

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  • Toast spelt kernels in a dry skillet on medium-high heat until the kernels are browned and some have popped. Remove, place in a mesh strainer, and rinse well with cold water. Drain. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan; add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and stir in spelt kernels. Return to a boil then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 1 hour. Drain well and set aside to cool.

  • While the spelt is simmering, fill a skillet with 1 quart water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and onion. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add chicken breasts, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove chicken from liquid and allow to cool.

  • Once chicken is cool enough to handle, shred into bite-sized chunks and place in a large bowl. Stir in spelt, bell pepper, green onions, parsley, cilantro, carrots, and cabbage. Pour sauce over salad and stir well to combine.

Nutrition Facts

225.51 calories; 14.25 g protein; 21.79 g carbohydrates; 2.48 g dietary-fiber; 3.99 g sugars; 10.23 g fat; 1.65 g saturated-fat; 26.86 mg cholesterol; 4078.97 IU vitamin-a-iu; 7.83 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.37 mg vitamin-b6; 35.22 mg vitamin-c; 38.68 mcg folate; 59.23 mg calcium; 2.03 mg iron; 56.82 mg magnesium; 440.55 mg potassium; 643.06 mg sodium; 0.09 mg thiamin; 92.03 calories-from-fat; 36 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 38 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 24 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 6 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat


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SchmecktGut
07/09/2010
I saved this recipe even though I am supposed to eat "gluten free" and spelt is classed as gluten. I just substituted rice for the spelt. The sauce is wonderful and I am going to use it in other recipes I make! Thanks for sharing ACUS!!!
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Anonymous
06/17/2013
Made this tonight and it was very good. Three out of four of us really enjoyed it which is a close to a hit as anything other than ice cream gets in our house. I love getting a new way to use an unusual grain. Spelt is delicious and the nutty texture went well with the peanut sauce. I did think the final dish was a bit salty between the soy sauce and the salted spelt water so next time I will not salt the water and wait until the end to add any salt. I did not have any cabbage so I substituted in broccoli so the dish came out more stir fry than salad but that is great either way. I did double the sauce recipe because I doubled the veggies like I usually do in recipes.
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SchmecktGut
07/09/2010
I saved this recipe even though I am supposed to eat "gluten free" and spelt is classed as gluten. I just substituted rice for the spelt. The sauce is wonderful and I am going to use it in other recipes I make! Thanks for sharing ACUS!!!
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Realmom
03/04/2011
Okay I didn't try the whole recipe because this was a last minute thing but I made the dressing for an oriental chicken salad and it was delicious. I also substituted 1 tbsp. sweet chile sauce for the cayenne and serrano peppers which probably toned it down a little (I have four little eaters). It made a delicious marinade for the chicken and an excellent dressing. I will never buy peanut sauce again!
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kguyton
04/29/2011
This is the first time I've ever commented and it's because I absolutely LOVED this salad!! Yum yum yum!!!! Perfect spicyness and such a completely balanced meal. I did add Napa Cabbage to the mix and I used Kamut since I didn't have any spelt. I also through in some chicken bouillon when I boiled the chicken.
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Anonymous
01/26/2011
Tried Spelt berries for the first time with your recipe. It was a delicious way to try a new food! Thanks! A very beautiful dish too!
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Adrienne
12/17/2010
The sauce is wonderful! I just added it to my stir-fried veggies and it was great warm too.
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Jacqualin
07/14/2010
Fantastic. I brought it today for volunteer lunch for my SPCA thrift store lunch and they scarfed it down.
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Anonymous
10/05/2014
This is a great all inclusive recipe. Really this has all you need for a complete meal. I recommend an app. or edamame (just buy the stuff you can steam!) and you will have a nice healthy Asian-ish meal.
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gina w
08/01/2013
Used Quinoa instead of spelt - awesome
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Anonymous
01/28/2013
One of the best things I have ever made.
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