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Crispy Ramen-Crusted Chicken with Asian Salad

Photo: Greg Dupree Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 chicken cutlet and 1 1/2 cups salad)

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale (about 8 oz.), stems removed, chopped (about 6 cups)
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 1 1/4 cups matchstick carrots
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 (3-oz.) pkg. chicken-flavored instant Asian ramen noodle soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 (5- to 6-oz.) chicken cutlets
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts, chopped

How to Make It

  1. Toss together kale, cilantro, green onions, and carrots. Whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, honey, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small bowl; pour over kale mixture, and toss to coat. Set aside while preparing chicken, tossing occasionally.

  2. Break ramen noodles into pieces. Process ramen noodles, seasoning mixtures from ramen packages, ginger, and cayenne pepper in a food processor until combined, 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a shallow dish, and set aside.

  3. Place each chicken cutlet between two sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to 1/4-inch thickness, using a rolling pin or flat side of a meat mallet. Dip each cutlet in eggs, and dredge in ramen mixture, pressing to adhere.

  4. Cook half of chicken in 2 1/2 tablespoons hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium until golden brown and done, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Place on a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet, and keep warm in a 200° oven. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken and olive oil.

  5. Sprinkle peanuts over kale mixture, and serve with cutlets.