Wondering what to do with all of those mandarin oranges from your Korean co-workers? The Jeju Weekly presents to you another mandarin themed dish, a mildly sweet salad featuring Jeju Island’s natural candy. This beautiful yet simple mandarin chicken salad makes a delicious light entrée for three to four people or can be presented as a side dish.
▲ Photos by Jessica Sicard
Preparing the mandarins (10 minutes)
Ingredients 3 Jeju Island mandarin oranges (small to medium size). Step 1: Peel the mandarin oranges. Step 2: Break the oranges into their natural segments. Step 3: Peel the pith from the individual mandarin segments.
Preparing the chicken (5-10 minutes)
Ingredients 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts ½ teaspoon salt Oil (fried option) Step 4: Slice the two chicken breasts in half horizontally, resulting in four thinly sliced pieces of chicken. Lightly salt the chicken. Step 5: Grill or lightly fry the chicken on a low to medium heat until the pink inside has turned white. Step 6: Slice chicken into bite-size strips.
Preparing the salad dressing (5 minutes)
Ingredients ¼ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup Jeju Island orange juice 1 package ramen noodles 1 teaspoon white vinegar ½ teaspoon salt
Step 7: Mix the vegetable oil, sugar, and orange juice in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the mixture for about 30 seconds or until the sugar dissolves. Stir mixture. Step 8: Add salt and vinegar to the mixture. Stir. Step 9: Crush the ramen noodles in the package and add it to the mixture. Stir.
Note: There will likely be more than enough salad dressing.
Preparing the salad (2-5 minutes)
Ingredients ½ head romaine lettuce or about half a bag of mixed greens (the clear plastic bags found in the produce section). Step 10: Chop the lettuce. Step 11: Toss the mandarin wedges, the sliced chicken, the salad dressing, and the salad in a large bowl. Enjoy!
This recipe was inspired by a Chinese noodle salad recipe that can be found here: Allrecipes.com/recipe/chinese-noodle-salad. Jeju Island orange juice was added to give the salad dressing a sweet, Jeju Island twist. I found the amount of vinegar in the online recipe to be overpowering, so I significantly reduced the vinegar in my recipe to permit the other ingredients to stand out more. While I was unable to find sliced walnuts in Seogwipo, I suspect this would be a delicious addition if they are available. A vegetarian version of this dish might substitute the chicken for crushed walnuts or pine nuts.
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