Chipotle Chicken Salad… (chipotle biberli tavuk salatasi)

_dsc1782*Turkce tarif icin yazinin sonuna gidiniz…

This chicken salad is made on “request” in our house… a few weeks would pass by after the last time I make it… and then either my husband or my brother-in-law will ask me “do you have everything you need to make the chicken salad”… Then if we have guests in the house and sometimes they ask “which chicken salad?”… I guess they question what could be the big deal about any chicken salad…

Our chef friend Ben Smith made this salad for the opening of our business… They catered the food and this was one of the items on the menu. At the time let alone his restaurant, we couldn’t afford any catering at our showroom opening… He was so very nice to literally give away the food at cost and I think we had designers/architects come over just to have his food. Ben and his restaurant is a gem in Memphis, TN. Well, it’s a Pacific Rim restaurant, that specializes in “fish” in the town of BBQ. You can read more about Ben and his restaurant here…  as his dishes, his website is also simple so doesn’t give much info about his background… you can read a bit more about him on his cookbook… 

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I highly suggest his book… and if you have access to great seabass, try out his seabass and black thai rice recipe… it will be great.. but of course, at this restaurant it’s a work of art… the next time I am there I might snap a photo…

Chipotle Chicken Salad

*adapted from Tsunami Restaurant Cookbook . Mine has less heat, and it’s adjusted for a smaller batch. His recipe is perfect, since it starts with 5lb of chicken there is no way for me to adjust for the eggs since I cannot divide a whole egg in 5 equal parts. so get the book for the perfect recipe you won’t regret it.

The below recipe is what I use and serves 5-6 people. This is also a great party dish, but don’t let us sit out too long, it has raw eggs and it will discolor… keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

  • 1lb chicken breast
  • 1 chipotle in adobo (1 used one pepper, it has a great kick. if you like mild dishes, use half or quarter pepper)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

– Cook the chicken in whole pieces in a pot filled halfway with water. Don’t overcook, it will become spongy.

-Puree the chipotle, garlic, salt, lime juice, egg yolks and whole egg in a blender… While the machine is running and everything is smooth, take the top off and slowly drizzle the olive oil to make the chipotle mayonnaise. (don’t start the machine when the top is off… believe me, you will regret it… and don’t blame me, because I warned you)…

-When the chicken is at room temperature, dice the chicken.

-To assemble… in a big bowl toss the chicken, celery and the scallions. Pour the chipotle mayo on top and mix until blended… Transfer to another bowl and serve with tortilla chips.

I serve them with store bought chips when I don’t have time… but try them with using smitten kitchen’s “fry your own corn tortillas” method… the below are an example… _dsc1729

Until next time… Cyber hugs, g.

Turkish recipe coming soon… (toddlers are jumping UP and DOWN, sorry for the inconvenience)

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edited: 03/29/09 , 20:15pm … kids are asleep… continued…

cocuklar simdi uyudugu icin Turkce tarifi ancak yazabiliyorum, kusura bakmayin…

Chipotleli Tavuk Salatasi

“Chipotle de ne yahu?” demeyin lutfen. Antin kuntin malzemelerden degil. Bir cins tutsulenmis Meksika biberi ve agiz tadimiza oldukca uygun. Turkiye’de bulunabilir mi bilmiyorum. Bu aralar Meksika lokantalari pek bir “in” o yuzden bulabilirsiniz… Amerika’da “Chipotle en adobo”, adobo sos icinde chipotle biberi olarak satiliyor… bir biber, bir dunyaya bedel misali, oldukca aci, ama guzel bir aci biber soz konusu… Turkiye’deki biberlerle benim pek aram yok… dudaklari patlatan cinsten oldugundan, ve 3 saat acisi gitmediginden pek o kadar “aci biber” tavsiyesinde bulanamayacagim. Ancak bu tarif icin, cipotle en adobo bulamazsaniz urfa biberi, isot ve ya aci bir biber salcasi denemenizi oneririm…

Size sozu gecen biberleri sunuyorum…_dsc1745

5-6 kisilik… buyuk partilerde cipsin, ya da ekmek kiriklarinin yanina servis yapabilirsiniz…

  • Yarim kilo tavuk (kemiksiz, derisi soyulmus gogus eti)
  • 1 chipotle in adobo (1 tane biber yeterli olacaktir… oldukca aci oluyor ama ana yemek olarak yenmediginden tolere edilebilir)
  • 1/3 bardak sizma zeytinyag (hayir efendim riviera denilen yag, 100%zeytinyag degildir.. ayri bir blog konusu)
  • Yarim yesil limonun suyu, yoksa normal limon kullanabilirsiniz
  • 1 dis sarimsak (ezilmis)
  • 2 yumurta sarisi
  • 1 tum yumurta
  • 1 cay kasigi tuz
  • 1 kereviz sapi, ince dilimlenmis
  • 2 tane taze sogan, ince dilimlenmis, yesil saplari dahil

– Tavugu haslayin… cok pisirmemeye dikkat edin, sunger gibi olabilir.

-Biberi, sarimsagi, tuzu, limon suyunu, yumurta sarilarini ve tum yumurtayi blendir’da puree haline getirin… (sozu gecen mutfak robotu, muzlu sut filan yapmak icin kullanilan, uzun cam surahili robot… rondo da kullanabilirsiniz, ancak zeytinyagini 3-4 defada ekleyin) Makine calisirken, hersey yumusak ve puruzsuz doner haldeyken, usteki koruma kapagini cikarin. Yavasca, sicim gibi ince bir sekilde zeytinyagini dokun. Putursuz, mayonez kivamina gelince durdurun.(Sakin makineyi durdurup kapagi cikarip acikken tekrar baslatmayin… boyle bir hata yaparsaniz da beni suclamayin, uyardim valla.)

-Tavuk oda isisina gelince, kucuk kup seklinde kesin.

-Biraraya getirmek icin… buyuk bir kaba tavugu, kereviz sapini, ve taze sogani  koyun. Uzerlerine biberli mayonezi dokun. Hepsini karistirin. Baska temiz bir kaba alip, misir cipsiyle servis yapin.

Zamanim kisitli olunca marketten alinmis cipslerle servis yapiyorum.. Ancak yeni ogrendigim bir metodla aynen Meksika lokantalarinda yapilmis cips tadini yakalamak mumkun. Marketten yumusak Meksika tortillalarini alip, ucgenlere kesip, yagda pembelesinceye kadar kizartin… enfes cipsler oluyor…

(20.Nisan.2009 ek not: Gecen hafta Migros’ta Meksika Tortillalarinin “migros lavas” diye satildigini gordum. Bu bizim Cukurova yoresinde bildigimiz lavas gibi degil, tam anlamiyla Meksikalilarin unlu tortillasiydi. Ayni bolumde gercek anlaminda Turk lavasi da var.. Ikisini nasil ayirt edecez derseniz, turk lavasi daha mayali ve icinde hava kabarciklari var, Meksika tortillasi ya da gordugum migros lavasi tam daire yuvarlak sekilde, ve daha tok bir hamur. Ornegin Cukurova’daki lavasi tutup koparmaya calisirsaniz hamur esner. Tortilla hemen oldugu yerden yirtilir. Turkiye’de bulundugum surece baska markalar da gorecegime eminim, bir iki tane daha marka bulunca blogumda yayinlayacagim.)

Turkiye’deki malzemelerle deneyen arkadaslar bana geri yazarsa cok sevinirim…

Afiyet olsun… g.

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