Sesame Chicken Salad; la Félibrée

I still have a few salad recipes to post this summer. Unlike last summer, when we had no lettuce, this year we were inundated.

We ate it as fast as we could.

Considering the heat waves currently encompassing most of my world, I thought an easy salad would be appreciated.

I would be more sympathetic to the heat in the US at the moment if we weren’t expecting temps to hit 41C (106F) at the beginning of the week.

I brushed and trimmed the dogs as best I could in anticipation. They are both terrified of the hose and water coming out of the hose so I can’t cool them down that way.

I don’t know why they’re afraid…. But they’re also afraid of hats and umbrellas, so perhaps they’re just weird.

If it gets too unbearable I’ll lure them into the dirt root cellar. They won’t go alone, of course, so I’ll have to go with them.

No, there won’t be wifi down there. I’ll have to take a lamp, extension cord and a book.

But it should be cool…..

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Sesame Chicken Salad

An easy salad made with grilled chicken breasts, Basmati rice and white beans – a pantry staple at our house.You could substitute chickpeas if you prefer.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • Marinade:
  • 2 tbs sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Lettuce, enough for 2 main course salads, prepared 
  • 1/3 cup Basmati rice
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup (8oz, 250gr) white beans, drained,  rinsed
  • 2 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp white sesame seeds
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs sesame or walnut oil


  • Mix all ingredients for marinade.
  • Pour over chicken and allow to marinate 10 minutes. 
  • Cook rice in chicken stock for 15 minutes or according to package instructions.
  • To make Vinaigrette whisk mustard, soy sauce and vinegar together.
  • Slowly add oil, whisking constantly. Set aside.
  • Prepare lettuce and put in large salad bowl.
  • Remove rice from heat when done, uncover and allow to cool slightly.
  • Cook chicken on barbecue grill over direct heat for 7 – 9 minutes per side. 
  • When done remove and let rest a few minutes. Slice. 
  • Toss lettuce with about half of the vinaigrette.
  • Add rice, beans and more vinaigrette to taste.
  • Arrange chicken on top.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve with any remaining vinaigrette on the side. 


To make this even easier use rotisserie chicken and serve with a baguette, skipping the rice, for a no-cook salad.
If you don’t have sweet soy sauce just use regular….
I used all of the vinaigrette in the salad.

Keywords: grilled chicken, sesame seeds, lettuce salad

More photos from la Félibrée

There were, of course, local artisans.

This clock-maker very kindly posed with his clocks.

And this lace-maker was equally accommodating:

I have no idea how she keeps all the threads untangled and manages to use them in the right sequence…. Fascinating watching them work.

We caught some musicians taking a wee break….

At the beer tent.

It was a warm day……

8 thoughts on “Sesame Chicken Salad; la Félibrée”

  1. My grandmother taught me how to make lace like that. And tat. And most of the old hand arts that are passing away. I was okay at it but she was stellar. I would occasionally get the pins mixed up but she never did. I was also only 8 or 9…

    We’re getting a humongous storm going through right now. The thunder is constantly rolling with no break and the lightning is firing almost one after the next. It’s awesome! And the dog is laying half on me, under a blanket so he can’t see it. If he can’t see it, it can’t see him…

    • I had an aunt that tatted, but she lived quite far away so I never learned. My mother embroidered, so I learned that from her… when I was 8 or 9. I taught myself to knit and crochet. I don’t think I would have the patience to make lace
      One of our dogs hides under a chair; the other just gives the storm the stink eye and goes back to sleep lol

    • I can wipe their faces and bellies with a wet cloth but that’s about it. One has discovered the fan on the floor, tho so that helps.She lays with the fan blowing her belly hair lol

  2. 41C?! Ewwwwww! Doesn’t that make the beer look like a great idea?

    It’s like poison here right now – not quite 41C but disgusting enough. So, your salad sounds like an equally great idea. In fact it looks fabulous. So sorry to hear that it is so very hot where you are. (You probably don’t want to know that a cool front is due to come through here tomorrow morning so that all next week, the highs will be around 25C. We might have your salad anyway.)

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