Cristina Cooks Wolfgang Puck's Chinois Chicken Salad



Chinese Mustard Vinaigrette:

  • 2 teaspoons dry Chinese or English (Coleman's) mustard
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (2-3 for 4 servings)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Chicken Salad:

  • One 3 pound chicken, cavity filled with finely diced celery, carrot, onion, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, salt, and pepper
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 small heads or 1 medium head Napa cabbage
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, cut into ¼ inch julienne strips
  • 1 radicchio, cut into ¼ inch julienne strips
  • 10 snow peas, cut into ¼ inch julienne strips
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoonS peanuts, toasted (optional)


  1. Prepare the vinaigrette. Place all the vinaigrette ingredients, except peanut oil, in a blender and blend until smooth. Add peanut oil slowly and correct the seasonings.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  3. Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan and baste it with some of the butter. Roast for about 1½ hours, or until just done. (The juices should run clear.) Baste every 15 or 20 minutes with the butter and the drippings.
  4. Select 4 to 8 nice looking leaves from the Napa cabbage and reserve them. Slice the remaining cabbage and radicchio into ¼ inch julienne strips.
  5. Shred the meat from the breasts and thighs of the chicken.
  6. Combine the chicken, cabbage, romaine, radicchio, and snow peas in a bowl and toss with enough vinaigrette to coat the salad nicely.

Note: Serves 4 appetizer or 2 entrée salads

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