Friday, January 25, 2013

Killer Within (part 2): Sesame Lime Chicken Salad

As Rick, Daryl and Glenn finally reach the prison's recreation yard, they learn of the rest of the Group's whereabouts; as well as T-Dog's injury. When the prison's klaxon alarms suddenly begin wailing the Walkers surrounding the prison are alerted. Rick believes that Oscar and Axel can assist in shutting down the emergency generators controlling the alarms so he orders both men to follow them into the prison.

T-Dog and Carol work their way through the dark corridors in an attempt to return to C-Block but are completely cut off by Walkers. Knowing that he will not survive, T-Dog summons the last of his strength to charge a pack of Walkers; in an attempt cover Carol's escape route.

In the utility room, Lori's condition continues to deteriorate. Realizing that her time is short, she urges Maggie to cut the baby from her. Maggie initially refuses but soon complies with Lori's request. Carl assists Maggie as best as he can and Maggie successfully delivers a little girl. Seeing that Maggie has reached her limit, Carl insists that he be the one to release his mother's body.

Rick, Glenn and Daryl, along with both convicts, reach the generator room. They are immediately attacked by Andrew, who has survived on his own. In the confusion, Oscar gets control of Rick's gun. Rather than follow Andrew's urging to kill Rick, Oscar turns the gun on Andrew and resolutely casts his lot in with the Group. The alarms are cut off at last.

They stumble their way back to the yard, where Carl and Maggie emerge moments later with the tiny infant. Stunned into silence, the Group stands together. They have lost three of their own and gained a helpless infant.

The two convicts who have taken their side would be the only ones thinking clearly. Neither were violent criminals and both likely had jobs within the prison. Oscar and Axel would no doubt have volunteered to get the food preparation going. The prison pantry inventory was something they were familiar with and could quickly put together something fast and nutritious.

Sesame Lime Chicken Salad is easy to prepare and tastes surprisingly fresh with a light and spicy dressing.

And when the dead rise;  if you make it to a building with a generator room....figure out how to work the generator before you do anything else.

Sesame Lime Chicken Salad

2 (10 oz) cans chicken meat (breast), drained
1-14 oz. can Italian Green Beans, drained well
1-jar Roasted Red Peppers, drained well and chopped
2 Tbsp. Chives
1/2 pound Orzo Pasta

Chow Mein Noodles

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Honey
2 Tbsp. Spicy Thai Chili Sauce
2 tsp. Sesame Oil
2 Tbsp. Lime Juice
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 tsp. Wasabi Powder

Optional: Black or White Sesame Seeds

Boil water over high heat or over campfire coals. Cook orzo according to package directions and drain well.

In a jar with a screw-top lid, combine rice wine vinegar, honey, spicy Thai chili sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, soy sauce and wasabi. Screw on top and shake very well to combine. Taste and make adjustments to the seasoning if you wish. This recipe is very forgiving; if you like your dressing a bit saltier, add more soy sauce. Add more vinegar or lime juice to alter the acidity. Add more honey if you like your vinaigrette a bit sweeter.

In large bowl, combine drained chicken, green beans, red pepper, chives and drained orzo. Toss gently with about 1/2 of the dressing. Serve immediately sprinkled with chow main noodles and optional black or white sesame seeds. Serve with the extra dressing to sprinkle on each serving.

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