Chicken Salad, It’s A Girl Thing.

February 25, 2011 § 11 Comments

Moving countries has the uncanny side-effect of reducing your social circle to one.

So the Strawberry Patch is pleased to announce that we have made girlfriends 🙂

Truth be told this could not have happened any sooner as I’m certain I was nearly arrested for loitering at the grocery checkout trying to pick up the female bag packers several times. Or even more inappropriately, staring at women in the gym in the vain hope that eye contact will plant the seed for friendship – I think that the YMCA has a ‘predator alert’ on me. Most of all, it will be good news for NB, whose ear I have talked off this past month and whom I was about to ask out for a day of nails, salads (dressing on the side) and dress shopping!!



One of my new gal-pals is a fellow blogger, who I asked out for a blind date one Saturday brunch. Fortunately Foodie Fresh decided that this wasn’t creepy and we met for eggs at The Dandelion Market…we then ran 6 miles, which is 9.6km, unless you do the conversion backwards and think you’re only running 3k – She’s super fit and stayed cool, calm and collected while I nearly died!

With a successful first date under our belt (should I start a dating site for single food-loving women??!) we planned a girls-night-in with the EBW of Thanksgiving ham-biscuit fame.

I tossed together a giant bowl of Bang Bang Chicken, one of The Duck’s clever inventions, but I used tofu and mushrooms because we were traveling the vege route that night.

You must try this one, it’s so easy, and apart from the protein everything is simply raw and julienned. Plus the nut butter is a great source of healthy fats, so we weren’t even tempted with dessert! Check out the photos.

Tell me Blushers, where is the oddest place you have ever picked up a friend?


Bang Bang Chicken

Serves 4.

Shred 2 large poached chicken breasts, or finely slice and stirfry 450g tofu in 1/2 tbl peanut oil. Set aside.

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook enough soba noodles to suit your fancy, err on the side of extra! Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.


  • Spanish onion
  • Lebanese cucumber
  • 1 large red capsicum
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 large celery sticks
  • Handful snow peas
  • 1 long red chilli

Toss in a bowl with a handful of baby spinach leaves and a handful of beansprouts. Add chicken and noodles.


  • 2 tbl sesame oil
  • 4 tbl natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 4 tbl sweet chilli sauce or sricacha
  • 4 tbl Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s or Reduced Salt Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbl rice wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime

Shake up everything in a jar and adjust to taste.

Toss dressing through the salad and top with sesame seeds, coriander (cilantro), cashews and extra chilli if you like it hot).



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