Two recipes!! Salmon Salad & Slow Cooker Rosemary Cashew Chicken

Here are the two recipes I promised. I already posted a photo of the salmon salad the other day and of course forgot to take a photo of the chicken last night. So I found this photo online at The Taste of Home website which is where I got the recipe. They serve it with pasta.

Sarah’s Salmon Salad


1/4 cup of maple syrup (the real stuff not that imitation crap)

2 TBLS Soy Sauce  ( Sarah prefers dark soy sauce because of the richer flavor)

1 clove minced garlic

1/4 tsp garlic salt (we use garlic powder, there’s already enough salt in the soy sauce.)

1/8 tsp black pepper ( I only use freshly ground black pepper. I am a pepper snob)

1pound salmon


Mix up the first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Place Salmon in a shallow baking dish and coat with the mixture. Cover the dish and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes. turning once. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Cooking  time is about 20 minutes give or take.  You have to use your own judgement to see if it is cooked through.  I cook it with the skin side down. When it’s done I just peel off the skin.

Now those are the actual directions.  My daughter doesn’t measure anything.  She just pours the stuff on and we usually cook about 2 pounds of salmon for all of us.

We make a buffet style salad.  I fill bowls with salad ingredients like:  salad greens, grape tomatoes, avocado, yellow peppers, cashews, dried cranberries, crumbled goat cheese, FF croutons and I put out a couple of different bottles of FF dressing.  My favorite being a balsamic vinaigrette.  Of course, you can make up your salad with anything you want and then I just place the warm salmon on top.

It really is awesome and if you aren’t fond of salmon this might change your mind.

Rosemary Cashew Chicken


1 whole chicken– I buy a whole chicken, usually a 7 pounder because we have a lot of big eaters and we love leftovers.  I have the butcher cut it up and skin it. They can’t skin the back or the wings so I don’t use them. You can save them for soup stock. I have it skinned because of WW.

1 med. onion sliced thin

1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate (do not water down the concentrate)

1 tsp dried rosemary or 1 TBL fresh rosemary

1 tsp salt (I don’t use the salt -blood pressure problems and people eat too much salt anyway.)

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 TBLS cornstarch

3 TBLS water

1/3 cup chopped cashews.

Put chicken pieces in slow cooker. Combine in a bowl, onion, OJ concentrate, rosemary, salt and cayenne. mix it up and pour over chicken.

Cook on low for 4-5 hours.  Mine usually cooks for 5 hours because I use a 7 pound or more chicken.

About 1/2 hour before it is finished,  mix cornstarch and water until smooth and add to pot stirring it well into the liquid which there will be a lot of.  Add the chopped cashews.

Don’t be afraid of the cayenne and OJ concentrate.  This is not a “Hot” dish because of the cayenne and the OJ does not over power the chicken.  You just get a hint of citrus.  The meat falls off the bone it is so damn tender. Be careful because there could be bones in the gravy so watch out for kids.  My SIL likes dark meat and my daughter likes white meat which is why I use a whole cut up chicken to make everyone happy.  You could make the same recipe using chicken breasts on the bone.  I don’t recommend using boneless chicken breasts in a slow cooker.  If you cook them even a bit too long they shred.  With a slow cooker you do not want to overcook chicken. I serve this over Jasmine rice and with broccoli.

With a big chicken I use a 7 quart slow cooker.  If you have a smaller slow cooker use a smaller chicken or just use the chicken breasts on the bone or chicken thighs or whatever the hell kind of chicken you like.

I will guarantee that this recipe is very tasty.  Everyone here loves it.

Remember with a slow cooker to not be tempted to take off the cover and stir. Only take off the cover when you have to.  You lose a lot of heat by removing the cover.

The Rosemary cashew chicken is about 7 weight watcher points for one piece of meat and some gravy.

Bon Appetit


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. teeni
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 13:45:06

    Fabulous! I’m definitely trying one of these in the next couple of days! Going to the grocery store today! Thanks so much for posting these! 🙂

    Let me know if you do and how you like it.


  2. museditions
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 14:31:22

    Yum! Thank you joan. I’m one of the ones that pestered you about the salmon salad. Not only did that work, but I got the bonus chicken recipe, which, as I write, is making me salivate. I love your parenthetical comments in the recipes “(the real stuff not that imitation crap)” hehe. I already like salmon (and chicken) so I intend to like them even more now. 🙂

    Everyone here really loves these two recipes. I will post more soon because I have a bunch of them that the kids like and are also healthy and low fat. I always have a comment for everything. No crap in my food.


  3. Joy
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 14:53:48

    Hi, since I keep seeing you at Just a mom’s, I thought I’d stop by and see what was happening over here. I’m sure glad I did. I’m always looking for new recipes. I have a bunch of 7 pound turkey’s that my brother in law raised so I’m defiantly going to try this. We also love salmon.

    I’ll be back.


    I’m really glad you stopped by. I always love meeting new people. I love “Just a Mom” and her tales of her children. I’ll be by to visit you too. Both recipes are fairly easy, healthy, and not much fat. I’m a weight watcher and still have a lot of weight to lose even though I have already lost 84 pounds.


  4. c
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 17:18:09

    Uh, that salmon salad looks totally yummy! Both of the recipes sound and look delish but i am definitely going to try the salmon one soon.

    Also, cashews make everything taste better.

    You’re right about cashews. I don’t put too many because they have a lot of fat but a few won’t hurt and I count them in my daily points. The salmon tastes awesome. <et me know if you try it and what you think.


  5. Just a Mom
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 17:24:20

    I am gonna have to try that chicken recipe! I love my slowcooker especially in the winter. This time of year I like to grill as much as I can.

    We grill when we can but with the hours the kids put in sometimes we can only grill on weekends. I like the slow cooker even at this time of the year because I can get it all done in the morning and I don’t like to use the oven and heat up the house. The chicken really is good.


  6. Hannah
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 18:31:45

    THANK YOU!! These look divine, and I can’t wait to try them! Do you happen to know the Points values for them? No worries if you don’t, but I thought you just might! 😉

    I did put the points value for the rosemary cashew chicken which is 7. It says for one piece of meat and some gravy. Usual portion of chicken is about 4 or 5 oz. and probably a couple of TBLS of gravy. I figured that out from the calories, fat and fiber listed on the recipe. What I really need to do is build it on the WW site and get a more accurate picture. I just went to the WW site and just the salmon prepared that way is 7 points for 1/3 of a pound. Then you would add whatever points for what ever you put in the salad which you could actually come up with a 0 point salad.


  7. Wendy
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 19:08:57

    The salmon salad sounds great and the cashew chicken looks soooo delicious. I have a giant crock pot that I never use because, well, it’s giant. This recipe reminds me I need a normal one.

    Mine is giant but I’m cooking for four adults so I need a giant one. I saw one at Amazon that’s cool because it comes with three different size pots : 2, 4, and 6 quarts.


  8. Hannah
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 19:46:21

    DUH! Just saw you did mention the Points!! Thanks!!

    Going to try this one over the weekend. Just need to buy cayenne pepper and OJ concentrate!

    Let me know if you like it.


  9. writerchick
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 19:47:38

    Oh my gosh, Joanie, this sound delish. Especially the salmon salad. I love salmon. In fact, when I started reading this post I remembered I had salmon in the fridge and so I whipped it out, did a quite saute with some squash and slice tomatoes and am eating it right now. hehe.

    I will have to try these recipes for sure.


    I love salmon too and never really ate it until my daughter moved in. I used to eat a lot of bass and bluefish because my son lived with me and he would catch it almost daily. I can’t resist free food. Sometimes he would bring home tuna and mahi mahi.


  10. kaylee
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 20:43:31

    ::gets out recipe book::

    Yes, you need to get back to cooking.


  11. thebeadden
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 22:23:31

    Thanks for sharing, Joan! That chicken recipe sound delicious! I’ll be trying it the next time I get a day off.

    I’m too paranoid to leave the cooker on while I’m not home. I know…my sister said I’m nuts, that’s what they are for. 🙂

    Well I am mostly home when I use the slow cooker except for errands but I am usually not gone for too long. Let me know if you do ever try it.


  12. Sarah (the daughter)
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 23:16:11

    FYI I like to use dark soy sauce I think it gives it a richer flavor.

    Yes, I should have put that in the recipe. I will add it now. I love you Sweet Pea!!
    Love, Mom


  13. mrsvierkant
    Jul 25, 2008 @ 00:10:55

    I’m printing out the chicken recipe tomorrow, when I’m on my other computer. It sounds delicious!

    I hope you try it and like it. My family sure does.


  14. javajunkee
    Jul 25, 2008 @ 08:31:36

    I’m not a salmon person but that chicken recipe sounds yummy and I’m going to try it.

    I like the chicken one because it takes about five minutes to throw it together.


  15. dropofkim
    Jul 25, 2008 @ 09:50:23

    Oh YUM! I’ve been waiting for that recipe. I’m gonna add them to my must try list. Thank you so much for sharing! We don’t have fresh salmon at my grocery store anymore 😦 so I have to wait till I see it again. Have a beautiful day Joan!

    I guess I’m lucky to have fresh salmon even though it is usually farm raised and I prefer the Wild. We were lucky to get the wild this time but Sarah had to put out a pretty penny for it.


  16. shornsheep
    Jul 26, 2008 @ 21:20:58

    Are these measurements imperial or metric?

    Hope this isn’t a “duh” question. It does make a difference. I’m guessing they are Imperial but will wait to know for sure before I try them.

    Really want to try both recipes as they sound so scrummy!

    It’s definitely not metric. Unfortunately I can’t get my mind wrapped around meters and kilometers and all those other metric things though in actuality I would love to learn. I went to wikipedia and this is what I assume we use.

    I just can’t seem to picture anything other than inches and feet. I just can’t imagine what a kilometer looks like.


  17. 2lazydogs
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 11:13:09

    Thanks for sharing these recipes, Joan. I can’t wait to try them!

    They are some good recipes. My family loves them. And they are not bad on the waistline too.

    Anything that is easy to cook is on my side.


  18. Moonbeam McQueen
    Jul 30, 2008 @ 15:45:42

    These both sound wonderful! Crap. Now I’m going to have to cook.

    They both are really good. The crock pot one is so easy to put together. The salmon is easy to cook but you have to cut up vegetables for the salad. I should hire a prep cook or a sous chef. If I told my daughter that she would laugh hysterically at me. Well I’m allowed my dreams.


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