Lemon Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe – Easy, Fresh and Delicious

Keeping it fresh for the sunny days we have been (momentarily) blessed with in Melbourne, I was inspired by a new recipe I learnt while researching at an Electrolux oven demonstration at Harvey Norman in Sunshine.

This dish was a perfect fit for what I wanted. Here’s the recipe:

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Lemon Mustard Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

– 3 Chicken breast fillets skinless (I used chicken thighs with the skin on because I like the juicy taste of it but if you have a well circulating oven you can achieve moist breast fillets)
– 3 kipfler potatoes (thinly sliced, about 1/2cm thick)
– 1 avocado
– 3 roma tomatoes
– 200g baby lettuce leaves
– 50g spinach leaves (optional)
– cracked pepper

Marinade and Dressing
– 4 tsp Dijon mustard (you can use more)
– 4 tbsp lemon juice (i used cumquat because we have a fruitful cumquat tree)
– 8 tbsp olive oil (you can use more)
– 2 cloves garlic (crushed)

Method:
– Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and whisk together. Reserve half the marinade to use for the dressing.

– Trim the chicken. Wash the potatoes and thinly slice (about 1/2cm thick). Marinade the chicken and potatoes for at least 30 mins.

– Preheat oven on fan grill function (if you have that option) at 200°C

– Cook the chicken and potatoes for around 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven cooking time may vary)

– Wash, dry and arrange baby lettuce and spinach (spinach optional) on a serving platter. Cut tomatoes into quarters and slice avocado and arrange on top of lettuce.

– Place potatoes on top of the salad and slice chicken and arrange on top of potatoes. Drizzle dressing over salad and season with freshly ground cracked pepper.

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Here’s a few tips:

Scoop out your avocado and keep it intact so you can slice it up and not have it all mushy…

Plate up some baby lettuce leaves on the bottom of the plate (this looks really good on a long rectangle plate but I just used 2 square plates). I kept the baby lettuce leaves the way they were for the bottom then cut up smaller pieces of baby lettuce and spinach, then dressed it up with the lemon mustard dressing…

Place the tomatoes, avocado and potatoes on top of the baby lettuce (I forgot to place the potatoes underneath the chicken but it was too late so I placed them on top)…

Slice up your chicken, as mentioned in the recipe I used chicken leg with the skin on but if you have a good oven it’s probably better to use skinless chicken breast but that’s up to you…make sure to drizzle more of the dressing on top of the chicken and potatoes…

There you have it, it’s not that difficult to pull off an easy summer dish for the family….and in my case a Christmas Summer Dinner!

Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe – Tastes Like Pizza

In line with cooking on the TableTopBBQ I thought of making some scrumptious stuffed mushrooms for entree (see my TableTopBBQ post here)

First of all, cut the stems off the mushrooms and create a hole in the middle of the mushroom, don’t have to be perfect (as you can see below)…

Using the left over mushroom and stems I chopped them into small pieces and chopped up some sun-dried tomatoes and green capsicum and drizzled some olive oil. As you can see I love using Cobram Olive Oil (be creative and add whatever you want into the mushroom, I used these ingredients because this is what I found in the fridge)

Then you want to stuff the mushrooms with your filling…

And if you want, you can sprinkle some grated cheese ontop…

When ready place the mushrooms in the oven until the mushrooms start to brown and you have yourself a juicy mushroom and in this case a juicy mushroom that tastes like PIZZA!!!!

If you’re looking for a snappy entree, stuffed mushrooms are great and don’t take long to prepare or cook. The best thing is you can be as creative as you want and play around with the ingredients you put in, depending on the flavour you want. If the TheLearnerChef can cook it, you can too.

TableTopBBQ – Beef Rice Paper Rolls Recipe

The TableTopBBQ is great fun and Melbourne’s weather last Saturday was perfect for a BBQ which gave myself the idea of testing out the TableTopBBQ!!!!

Unboxing of the Table Top BBQ

You get three sauce plates inside, 4 sets of chopsticks and a very handy flip grill…


We were looking at eating a healthy lunch so we decided on Beef Rice Paper Rolls. Off to the butchers we went and bought some top-side beef and asked them to cut it into thin slices (I love the butchers, they’re so convenient).

Marinating the beef: add some lemongrass, fish sauce and a teaspoon of sugar…


Now how to fire up the TableTopBBQ:

Jiffy fire lighters are a must and are placed in the bottom section of the TableTopBBQ and add some newspaper to get it firing up.

Then add your coal in the middle section of the TableTopBBQ covering the holes as best as you can. You know when it’s ready to cook once the coal turns white and is steaming hot (when you hover your hand over it, not by touching it)…

Now let’s cook…you can place the beef in between the grill or top of the grill. I liked it in between the grill which made it super easy to flip when the bottom side was ready…

Look at that beef…

What you need to construct a Beef Rice Paper Roll (In order of placement):
1. Rice Paper (from your asian grocery)
2. Lettuce
3. Mint Leaves
4. Other leaves (optional)
5. Rice Vermicelli
6. Thinly Sliced Cucumbers
7. Pickled Radish (optional)
8. Beef

Here’s one I prepared earlier…

Rolling is easy as long as you didn’t go overboard with the stuffing. Roll the rice paper tightly 3/4 then fold the sides into the middle and complete the roll…

Dip the roll into some pre-prepared Vietnamese fish sauce or in Vietnamese it’s called “nuoc mam”. Google the recipe because it’s a synch.

Please mind my fish sauce, it has remnants of some rice vermicelli and looks like a piece of beef…

Take a bite into your Beef Rice Paper Roll and you’ll never want to order these again from any asian restaurant…

There’s other types of rice paper roll versions out there such as pork and prawn, vegetarian ones, etc but that can wait for another post.

The TableTopBBQ was super fun and easy to use but most of all cooked the beef nicely and evenly and gave it an authentic taste and feel of Vietnam. Can’t wait to have my next cooking adventure with the TableTopBBQ.

Homemade Thai Green Curry

…the family gave it a thumbs up and they didn’t all rush to the toilet…

Melbourne Cup day I spent at home with the family, we didn’t consider dinner and as it drew closer to dinner time no one could be bothered dropping by the shopping centre or buying take out.

o we went through a few dishes we could cook. So we had chicken in the fridge, a few vegetables and whatever was in the pantry. I suggested the idea of cooking Thai Green Curry 🙂 But of course as The Learner Chef, I’ve never tried to cook a curry before. I thought to myself, what have I got myself into? The flavours could be terribly wrong, it could be too spicy, I could even poison my family. Luckily my sister pointed me in the right direction (pre-made green curry paste).

Here’s a snippet of how I cooked the curry, I couldn’t believe how easy it was but then again I could of challenged myself by making the green curry paste. Anyways, so I grabbed some straw beans from the fridge and my sister suggested to add some more vegetables like carrots and potatoes into the dish (great additions sister). Started off with cooking the chicken (around 500g) with some garlic and onions, seasoned with a tablespoon of fish sauce and after the chicken was cooked I popped in two teaspoons of pre-made green curry paste (I guess you can buy this from any asian/indian store and most likely your local supermarket).

After the curry paste infused with the chicken I added a can of coconut milk (400mL) then added the vegetables. I should of boiled the potatoes beforehand and added the beans in a couple minutes before the curry was ready but they still tasted great and soaked up the curry juices. To compliment the dish I served the curry with coconut rice. You can add more chilli or more green curry paste to make the dish spicier. I can’t handle spicy food as I begin to sweat and cry (not a pretty sight)

When I have time I’ll post up a recipe (very soon). By the way, the family gave it a thumbs up and they didn’t all rush to the toilet. So I will be definitely cooking this dish again but maybe next time I will try to make the curry paste myself. Definitely give this one a go, you’ll impress the family and impress yourself.