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There is something oddly intriguing about the name Pancake Chicken Salad.  I was looking through the index of one of my cookbooks when I first read it, and I couldn’t help but wonder exactly what it entailed.  Is it crepe-like pancakes stuffed with creamy chicken salad?  Or maybe chicken salad fried into pancake shape?  The stranger the ideas that came into my head, the more the recipe piqued my interest…and the name alone just wasn’t enough, I had to read the full recipe.

It turns out that this salad is basically battered and shallow fried chicken served over greens.  Not quite as interesting as what I conjured up in my mind, but still every bit as delicious.  The name comes from the pancake-like batter (similar to a batter you might use for a fish fry, except much more flavorful) that is spiced with garlic and Indian spices like coriander, ginger, and turmeric, which gives it the prettiest shade of pale yellow.

The cookbook I found this gem of a recipe in is none other than Margaret M. Johnson’s The Irish Pub Cookbook, the same cookbook that inspired my Guinness Beef Stew last year.  This recipe is from a pub called The Meetings, located in the Vale of Avoca in County Wicklow.  The pub takes its name from the junction where the Avonmore and Avonbeag Rivers meet.  Of the food there, Margaret says “[It] is wholesome and hearty, but with a twenty-first century touch, thanks to chef Dermot Moore…” 

I know this salad may sound strange, but it really works!  And the raspberry-mustard vinaigrette is the perfect finishing touch.

Pancake Chicken Salad with Raspberry-Mustard Vinaigrette (Adapted from Margaret M. Johnson’s The Irish Pub Cookbook)

(Yield:  2 servings)

Raspberry-Mustard Vinaigrette (recipe below)

1 large egg

1/4 c milk (low-fat or fat-free is fine)

1 large clove garlic, grated

1/2 c all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp each ground turmeric, coriander, and ginger

2 (4-6 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 3-4 strips

4-6 c field greens (or any lettuce you like)

2 TB dried cherries

Canola oil

Raspberry-Mustard Vinaigrette:

1 TB white wine vinegar (or rice vinegar)

1 TB olive oil

1 TB raspberry jam

1 tsp Dijon mustard

Pinch of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400F and lightly brush canola oil on a baking sheet.  In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the vinaigrette and set aside for now.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, milk, and garlic.  In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.  Gradually whisk dry ingredients into wet, being careful not to over-mix; let batter rest 5 minutes.

Put 1 1/2 to 2 inches of canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat; when oil is hot (it should be somewhere around 350-375F; for a way to see if the oil is the right temperature without a thermometer, see here), dredge chicken in batter and cook until lightly browned (about 1-2 minutes per side).  Transfer chicken to prepared baking pan and bake until fully cooked (about 15 minutes).  (Chicken is fully cooked when there is no pink inside.)  Once fully cooked, transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

To assemble the salads, divide the field greens between 2 plates, sprinkle on the dried cherries and dressing, and top with the chicken.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. First frying…and then baking!!!! something new for me…will give it a try soon…

  2. The spiced batter sounds like a delicious change to the standard fish-frying batters. A true treat for dinner!

  3. I always do enjoy a sweet and sour vinaigrette with my chicken salad ;o)

    Beautiful photos and so appetizing as well ;)

    Ciao for now,

  4. These are like glorious little mini chicken nuggets – but the healthy kind. What a delightfully creative and fun recipe. This entire salad would also be delicious rolled up in a wrap. But, who needs the extra carbs. Looks gorgeous!

  5. This reminds me of one of my favorite meals, chicken and waffles! But with this one there is the extra benefit of some greens. :)Looks delicious!

  6. not what i expected to see, but terrific nonetheless! what a unique way to prepare poultry. :)

  7. Faith, this is really interesting & I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this before. It has got me intrigued :)

  8. You’re absolutely right! Although the name sounds, odd, it looks really appetizing, and even reminds me a bit of the way sweet and sour chicken is battered and fried, definitely a nice technique :)

  9. I love that these had Indian spices in them. They look good. I bet this batter would be awesome on cod. Yum!

  10. 5 Star Foodie says:

    I love the idea of this concept, the spices in the batter must make the dish very flavorful, and the raspberry-mustard vinaigrette is a perfect dressing here!

  11. Those look good.I could eat bowl fulls of those pancake chicken.Really new and unusual recipe for me and I knw my hubby wud love it.

  12. This looks great! I saw the title and I had no idea what to expect. I’m totally digging the pancake like batter.

  13. Thanks Faith – I always learn something new when I stop by your lovely blog! I think that Pancake Chicken Salad is in my future – mmmm…!

  14. Ow! The topping on that chicken is so thick! I love that its pancake like. A fun twist on chicken :) Hope your Monday treated you well.

  15. When I saw the title, I just could not guess what it might be. But it really does sound great. It reminds me of chicken fingers at a Chinese restaurant only way better with the yummy spices you have used and that dressing sounds really good too:)

  16. Faith , ur ideas and take at the very name are better than the recipe (of course its a hint that with ur kind of creativity a cook book should and will be on its way)
    I lovee this pancake batter fried chicken and u have fried it to perfection Faith!
    the salad is an amazing combi too!
    No , i wont need to buy the book coz u pick the best of the best and feature them here!
    And must try ur take on these!
    Happyyy Monday!

  17. How interesting and delicious all in one! I love the additions to the batter. That’s my kind of spices!

  18. Ooooh. You have my interest! This sounds like a delicious way to have a salad…(and with salad weather on the way!!!! Woohoo!)…I can’t wait to add this to my must make list! :)

  19. Faith, your chicken looks so crispy and decadent and just delicious! What a wonderful recipe and creative meal idea. I’m always looking for something new to do with chicken, and this will fit the bill perfectly! Thanks for sharing.

  20. How unique! The name of the recipe would’ve piqued my interest too! Sure did with the title of your post :) It looks and sounds delicious!!

  21. You’re right… I saw the name and went, “WHAT???” It is like a fry with a salad… I think it looks wonderful and love the spicing. must give a try.

  22. Yes, you had me at pancake chicken. Had not a clue what that would be. Looks delicious Faith. The vinaigrette is a great idea too. The perfect amount of “crisp” on the chicken :) xo

  23. now, when i read “pancake fried chicken,” i was guessing it was like smacked-flat chicken, fried. but this sounds wonderful!

  24. Oh wow…that looks pretty and interesting. Love the name. they look so neat and delicious. I love it!

  25. hahaha I had your same reaction when I read the name of the recipe… I started imagining the craziest things involving pancakes and chicken salad! It sounds like a good recipe… fried chicken is always good!

  26. When I read pancake chicken I was wondering what that was too! The chicken looks lovely in that cross-section photo! It would be delicious with the raspberry vinaigrette!

  27. Sounds delicious, will have to try this recipe soon.

    Thanks for sharing.

  28. Ireland is a place I would love to visit. This salad with these panned chicken bites makes me think that salads can be very interesting and moutwatering if one can put the right ingredients in them.

  29. I like how thick the batter is on the chicken–I wasn’t expecting that! Sounds so yummy.

  30. All you had to say was pancake like batter…I’m sold! I love the unique name of this salad, and I love how the chicken looks even more. Yummy! Thank you for sharing tonight! I hope you have a great Monday, my friend.

  31. Going by the title of the post, I was wondering what the dish would look like. Looks really nice.

  32. What a fun recipe! I’ve never had anything like this, but it sounds delicious!

  33. It sounds interesting, I’d try it on the name alone, but I love everything that’s in the dish! Faith, it looks delicious!

  34. The spicy pancake batter sounds sensational Faith! As does the entire salad – love the dressing too.

  35. what a name!:) I am totally in for this salad!

  36. The title of this certainly made me curious to see what it is! Raspberry-mustard vinaigrette sounds delicious! Pancake chicken looks so yummy! Reminds me a little of chicken nuggets. Great dish Faith! :D

  37. I had never heard of pancake chicken salad either, and I must say that I’m pleasantly surprised by both the recipes, and the result! looks terrific, and I like the touch of raspberry jam in the vinaigrette.

  38. I’ll have to say, when I first saw the title I didn’t know what to expect. Your versions do sound quite interesting. I’m impressed with how perfectly cooked your chicken is here. That’s hard to do with this method of cooking. This looks yummy, and sounds wonderful with that raspberry-mustard vinaigrette. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, Faith.

  39. The name is very intriguing and it sure looks good! Looks like a yummy salad!

  40. This is really interesting, it is that time of year to start pulling out the Irish cookbooks again.

  41. That looks really tasty, though it doesn’t look anything like the picture I saw in my head when I saw the title of the post. :) The only way to get my son to eat salad is to put some kind of meat on top of it. He’ll love this!

  42. Those look so good! What a wonderful salad.



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