Chinese Chicken Salad
Need something quick and light for dinner tonight? You need to make this easy, quick and delicious Chinese Chicken Salad. Made within minutes, this salad not only has great flavor, but a delicious sesame vinaigrette you’ll love!
Guess what time of the month it is guys? Yep you guessed right! It’s 30 minute meal Thursday. If you’re new to this, it’s where a bunch of my food blogger friends and I get together and bring you some delicious 30 minute meals. No matter the time of the year, there’s always a need for a quick meal. That’s where we come in.
If you’re new to our 30 minute meal Thursdays here’s the ones my friends and I’ve done in the past. Be sure to check out all the recipes. I know you’re going to love them.
Onto this months 30 minute meal. This recipe actually only takes 15-20 minutes…score! I wanted this month to be a light recipe. Since summer is in full swing and it’s super hot outside (like 115 hot) I wanted a recipe where you wouldn’t need to turn on your oven. All you need to do is cut up a bunch of vegetables, get a rotessire chicken from the grocery store, make a delicious sesame vinaigrette and BAM you have a delicious meal on your table.
I don’t know about you guys but there are nights that I don’t want to cook and need something quick and light. Especially when it’s hot outside or we’ve had a big breakfast or lunch. What I love about this salad are all the different flavors and vegetables. The vinaigrette is easy to whip up and has such great flavor with the sesame oil, soy sauce and garlic chili sauce. I could drink it, it’s that good.
Next time you need something light and quick, remember this Chinese Chicken Salad. It comes together within minutes and tastes so good. You’ll end your night with a full happy belly. Enjoy!
Don’t forget to check out all the recipes below in this months 30 Minute Meal Thursday!
Get the Recipe: Chinese Chicken Salad
- Sesame Vinaigrette:
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
- 1-2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
- 2 cups rotessire chicken, shredded into big chunks
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp sesame seed oil
- 4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup red and green cabbage, chopped
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup snow peas, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1 11 oz can Mandarin oranges in light syrup, drain and rinse with water
- 1/4 cup chow mein noodles
- Sesame Vinaigrette: Add all ingredients to a dressing shaker or small glass with a lid. Shake vigorously; set aside.
- Salad: Add chicken, soy sauce and sesame seed oil to a small bowl. Stir to combine; set aside until ready to use.
- In a large bowl, add the lettuce, cabbage, onions, snow peas, cilantro and carrots. Mix to combine.
- Drizzle salad with vinaigrette and toss.
- Once you plate the salad, top with almonds, mandarin oranges and chow mein noodles. Drizzle with more vinaigrette, if needed.
- Eat & Enjoy
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Hooray for 30 minute Thursday! And I love that this dish is ready in about 20 minutes. Definitely a perfect meal! The colors are so pretty, too. And I love the flavorful crunch! You are reminding me that it’s been way too long since I’ve had a salad like this, so I definitely need to change that!
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I was obsessed with the Chinese Chicken Salad from Applebee’s for years. I love the salty-sweet combo and the crunch from the noodles. I can’t wait to try this!
I love all the flavors you have going in this salad, Cyndi! Looks so delicious!!
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It’s been so hot here that I haven’t felt like cooking much either! Salads are just perfect for those days! This one looks amazing, Cyndi! Love the flavors!
Oh gosh, this is summer salad perfection, Cyndi! I’m a freak for ALL kinds of salad this summer and this looks like a winner dinner to me!
Salads for supper are the best, and this chinese chicken salad looks amazing. Looks really similar to a salad my mom used to make which I loved so I can’t wait to try it! Perfect for a hot summer day!
We love salads here and this one look amazing! Just wondering about the rice wine vinegar though. I’ve never heard of it before. Could I substitute regular vinegar or red wine vinegar?
Hi Lydia, I think red wine vinegar might work, but try using a little less than the rice wine vinegar. I don’t want the red wine vinegar to over power the dressing. Also rice wine vinegar is normally in the international aisle at your grocery store. The rice wine vinegar gives it that Chinese flavor and really is tasty with it. If you can find it, I highly recommend using that. 🙂
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Hi Cindi, I’m new to this recipe emailing but I like what it has to offer to an approaching 80 yr. Old that only does email. I love your Chinese Chicken Salad recipe but have one question?? In the Directions it says to mix chicken with ingredients & Set aside, but I’m not clear when to add it to all the salad ingredients? (Remember My Age! !) Thanks for listening, I am going to try & successfully make it! BLESSINGS, Judy
Hi Judy. I’m so sorry to reply so late. I never saw this until now. Did you get everything figured out? Let me know if you need any more help. All the best, Cyndi 😉