Salad of Braised Chicken Breast, Asian Greens and Soba Noodles with Ponzu Dressing


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Serves: 4


Healthy salads and Summer are a perfect combination and this recipe draws its inspiration from Asia.

The salad’s chicken is poached in a Chinese style master stock flavoured with orange peel, cinnamon, star anise, mirin and ginger. The dressing is made with ponzu which is a Japanese fruit-based sauce that when translated means ‘vinegar punch’.

Ponzu sauce is made by simmering mirin, rice vinegar, katsuobushi (tuna) flakes and seaweed, then cooling the liquid, straining and then mixing it with one or more citrus fruits such as yuzu, sudachi or lemon.



  1. Add the chicken stock, orange peel, cinnamon quills, star anise, garlic, ginger, first quantity of brown sugar, soy sauce and first quantity of mirin to a saucepan over a moderate heat. Bring to boil whilst stirring regularly to ensure the sugar has dissolved. Add the chicken, bring the stock back up to boil, then reduce the heat and allow the stock to gently simmer for 10 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked through. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Remove the chicken from the stock and set to one side to cool to room temperature.
  2. Using a sharp knife, finely slice the chicken widthways into 5mm thick slices, place in a sealable container and refrigerate until required.
  3. Heat a saucepan half filled with cold water over a moderate heat. Once it reaches the boil, add the soba noodles and gently mix to ‘loosen’ the noodles. Bring the water back to the boil and continue to cook for 3 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Remove from heat, drain the noodles and refresh under cold running water for 5 minutes. Drain the noodles again and set to one side.
  4. In a mixing bowl, add the ponzu sauce, second quantity of mirin, sesame oil, second quantity of brown sugar, lime juice and ginger. Whisk until the ingredients are combined and the sugar has fully dissolved, then set to one side for 30 minutes to allow the dressing flavours to develop.
  5. Place the chicken, noodles, shallots, green capsicum, snow peas, wombok and broccolini into a mixing bowl and gently toss until the ingredients are combined.


Place the salad into a large serving bowl, lightly drizzle with ponzu dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving with the remaining dressing in a jug.

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