Green Tea Poached Chicken Salad with Matcha Green Tea & Ginger Vinaigrette

Poaching chicken is a great way to ensure you end up with moist flavourful chicken without worrying about overcooking. I like to make a big batch and then use it in sandwiches and wraps or to top salads and soups throughout the week. This recipe mixes it up a bit by poaching the chicken in green tea for a bit of an asian spin. 

Green Tea Poached Chicken Salad with Matcha Green Tea & Ginger Vinaigrette

Green Tea Poached Chicken Salad with Matcha Green Tea & Ginger Vinaigrette
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
For the Poached Chicken
  1. 6 cups filtered water
  2. 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder OR 4 tea bags of green tea
  3. 1 medium onion, halved
  4. 1 clove garlic, crushed
  5. 1 2-inch piece peeled ginger, roughly chopped
  6. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  7. Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
For the Salad
  1. 5 cups lettuce
  2. 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  3. 3 carrots ribboned (peels of ribbon done with a carrot peeler)
  4. 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  5. 1 cup edamame beans (shelled)
  6. 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro
  7. 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  8. 1/3 cup TASTE OF THE OKANAGAN MATCHA GREEN TEA & GINGER VINAIGRETTE
  9. 2 teaspoons sesame oil (optional)
  10. Sesame seeds for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot bring water to a near boil, add matcha powder or tea bags, and let steep 1 minute.
  2. Add onion, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper, bring to a simmer and add raw chicken. Gently simmer until the chicken is cooked through and a thermometer
 inserted into the thickest part reads 160 degrees, about 7-10 minutes. When chicken is fully cooked, remove from poaching liquid; let cool.
  3. While chicken is cooling, prepare salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Shred chicken and add to salad.
  5. Toss with TASTE OF THE OKANAGAN MATCHA GREEN TEA & GINGER VINAIGRETTE.
  6. Top with sesame seeds and drizzle with sesame oil if desired.
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