with Root Vegetable Slaw and SunButter Sauce
Joel Schaefer, CCC, CHT, President / Allergy Chefs, Inc. / Jacksonville, Fla.
Yield: 3 servings ( 3 skewers each)
20 oz. skinless, boneless chicken
breast, trimmed, cut in 1 oz. cubes
2 T. herb or garlic oil
1/8 t. salt/white pepper mix
9 (6-inch) wooden skewers,
soaked in water overnight
SunButter Sauce (recipe follows)
Toasted sunflower seeds, as needed
for garnish (see safety tip*, below)
Crushed red pepper flakes, as
needed for garnish
1) Mix chicken cubes, oil and salt/
white pepper mix in mixing bowl.
Cover; marinate in refrigerator for
2 hours or overnight.
2) Skewer chicken cubes, 3 per
stick. Preheat nonstick grill pan
or griddle over medium heat;
brown chicken on each side for
1-2 minutes. Transfer to oven-safe
sheet pan lined with parchment
paper. Place in 350°F oven; bake
for 5 minutes.
3) At service: Place 4 oz. slaw on
each allergen-safe plate; portion
2 oz. sauce in each side dish.
Place 3 chicken skewers on each
plate. Garnish sauce with toasted
sunflower seeds and crushed red
Root Vegetable Slaw with Pineapple
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup rice vinegar
1 cup lemon juice
2 oz. fresh ginger, peeled, minced
2 oz. fresh garlic, peeled, minced
1 small jalapeño, stem removed,
1½ cups canola oil
2¼ t. salt/white pepper mix,
4 oz. daikon radish, peeled,
4 oz. carrots, peeled, julienne cut
4 oz. parsnips, peeled, julienne cut
¼ cup chives, chopped
2 oz. beets, peeled, julienne cut
1) For slaw dressing: Combine
water, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice,
ginger, garlic and jalapeño in
blender or food processor; blend
until smooth. With machine
running, remove top and slowly
add oil in steady stream. Season
with 2 t. salt/white pepper mix.
2) Put daikon, carrot, parsnip and
pineapple in mixing bowl with chives,
1 cup slaw dressing and remaining
salt/white pepper mix; mix together.
PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Cairns, Wet Orange Studios
them create and modify recipes that meet the needs of people
afflicted with multiple food allergies. The book also discusses
special dietary needs of those with autism, celiac disease,
diabetes, lactose intolerance and phenylketonuria (PKU), as well
as diets for people who are vegetarian or vegan.
“If a restaurant is known to be allergy friendly, it can only
serve for its betterment,” Schaefer says. “Someone with food
allergies will tend to go to a restaurant that will accommodate
dining restrictions and requirements, which means those people
will bring other people with them who may or may not have
food allergies, and frequent that restaurant more often.”
However, asking a guest if he or she has a food allergy is a
double-edged sword. While the restaurant is taking precautions
Cover; place in refrigerator. Place
beets in bowl of ice water to help
bleed out color. Just before service,
add beets to vegetable mix; toss.
1 cup SunButter (chunky
sunflower seed spread)
1 t. ground ginger
½ t. kosher salt
1 t. crushed red pepper flakes
4 t. rice vinegar
¾ cup rice milk, divided
Method: Combine SunButter, ginger,
salt, red pepper flakes and rice
vinegar in bowl; mix with stiff wire
whisk until smooth. Add ¼ cup
milk; combine slowly. Add remaining
milk; whisk until sauce is blended.
*Check allergen statement on toasted
sunflower seeds to see if they have been
processed in plant with peanuts and
tree nuts. Share information with food-allergic guest.
to serve safe food, a guest may take advantage of the situation.
It’s not uncommon for guests to ask that an ingredient be omitted
from a dish, not because they are allergic to it, but because
they don’t like it.
“I don’t recommend that restaurants ask guests if they are
allergic to certain ingredients, but, rather, include a statement
on the menu [as is required by the Massachusetts law] to mention to the wait staff if a food allergy exists,” says Schaefer.
“It’s really up to the consumer to speak up first and let the
restaurant staff know they have a food allergy.”
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