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Oriental Chicken Salad

March 4, 2018 (Last Updated: June 15, 2020)

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Perfect for lunch or dinner, this Oriental Chicken Salad is loaded with veggies and chunks of chicken!

Chicken salad with lettuce and sesame seeds in a white bowl.

 

This is the perfect salad.  It has a great balance of ingredients and a wonderful oriental dressing.  I love the flavor of oriental dressings and finally made a perfect recipe!

I’ve added chicken to this salad to make it a meal, but the chicken is optional.  If adding chicken, you can use left over chicken or quickly cook up a couple of breasts. I often use leftover chicken from my lemon rosemary grilled chicken or from my beer can chicken.

A red bell pepper, green peas, cabbage and onions on a board.

For this salad I made crispy wontons.  Let me warn you. These tend to disappear before they make it to the salad. As soon as they come out of the oven the nibbling begins.

Everyone seems to just wander into the kitchen and nibbles on just one or two. If you’re not careful there won’t be enough for the salad. Consider making twice the amount called for….don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Crispy wonton strips ready to be added to a salad.

How to toast almonds and sesame seeds

To toast the sesame seeds and sliced almonds, use a small saute pan on medium heat.  Add the almonds.  Keep a close eye on the pan and stir or shake often.

These will only take a couple of minutes and they go from done to burnt in no time flat.  As soon as they brown, remove from pan.

Repeat with the sesame seeds – they will cook even quicker than the almonds.  Because the almonds and sesame seeds cook at different times, I always do them separately.

Salad ingredients chopped and in small bowls.

There is a lot of chopping for this salad. When I want to have this for a weeknight meal, I prep all the veggies and salad the night before. I store everything in separate containers.

You can also toast the almonds and sesame seeds the night before. When you’re ready for salad, you just toss everything together, mix up the dressing and enjoy! A little prep work the night before can make dinner time easy, healthy and delicious!

This makes a really BIG salad. It feeds my family of 5 as a main dish. All we add is some crunchy french bread and we have a meal. Keep in mind that I have three hungry teenagers and it satisfies them!

What type of lettuce to use?

I used romaine lettuce and napa cabbage in this salad. You can also use iceberg lettuce, bibb lettuce or butter lettuce. You want a crunchy lettuce that will hold up to all these ingredients. 

Chinese chicken salad filled with bell peppers, cucumbers, and toasted almonds.

If you want to save some for leftovers, set part of salad aside and add dressing when ready to use.  Pre-dressed salad tends to get soggy.

I used all the dressing for this sized salad.  If you had any extra dressing, or wanted to make just the dressing, you can cover and store in the fridge.

Other Great Salads 

Green salad with chicken and fresh veggies.

If you make this recipe for Oriental Chicken Salad, Iโ€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

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Oriental chicken salad makes a delicious lunch or a perfect light dinner

Chopped Oriental Chicken Salad

Kathy
Chopped Oriental Chicken Salad made with lettuce, cabbage, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, cucumbers and onions with a tasty Asian dressing.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Oriental
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 336 kcal

Ingredients
  

Oriental Dressing

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Wonton Crisps

  • 20 Wonton Wrappers
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Salad

  • 1-2 Hearts of Romaine Lettuce (Chopped)
  • 2 Cups Napa Cabbage (Chopped)
  • 1 Cup Spinach (Chopped)
  • 2 Cooked Chicken Breasts (Chopped)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (Sliced Thin)
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 4 Scallions (Chopped)
  • 2 Small Cucumbers (Sliced on the diagonal)
  • 1 Cup Sugar Snap Pea (Chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Slice Almonds (Toasted)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds (Toasted)

Instructions
 

Dressing

  • For Dressing, mix together olive oil, honey, vinegar, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, sriracha, and sesame oil together in a glass jar.

Wonton Crisps

  • Slice wonton wrapers into 1/2" strips. Sprinkle strips onto a baking sheet. Spray lightly with a nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt. 
  • Place in a preheated 400 degree oven. Toss wonton strips every 5 minutes until they are golden brown, 15-20 minutes.

Salad

  • Mix lettuce,cabbage, spinach, bell pepper, scallions, cucumbers, snap peas, and cilantro into a large bowl.
  • Drizzle 1/2 of dressing over salad.
  • Toss to mix
  • Sprinkle Almonds, sesame seeds, and wonton crisps onto salad.
  • Drizzle remaining dressing over salad.

Notes

This makes a big, entree sized salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 23gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 435mgPotassium: 521mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 2470IUVitamin C: 60.7mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 3.1mg
Keyword lettuce salad, oriental dressing recipe, oriental salad, oriental salad recipe, salad with chicken
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This recipe was originally posted in February 2015. The pictures and recipe have been updated

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    5 stars
    Great idea for a nice light, flavorful salad Kathy. Great combo of ingredients!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 7, 2018 at 5:21 am

      Thanks, Mary Ann!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    March 5, 2018 at 11:25 am

    5 stars
    This is my kinda salad! All sorts of flavours and textures goin’ on! YUM! Love those wontons! Such a yummy touch ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 6, 2018 at 5:52 am

      This salad is pretty versatile too. You can add or leave out whatever you want.

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    March 5, 2018 at 8:10 am

    5 stars
    Love those crispy wontons! They wouldn’t make it to the table in my house either! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Fabulous salad!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 6, 2018 at 5:51 am

      I could eat just a bunch of the crispy wontons and be totally happy!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 5, 2018 at 4:54 am

    I love the idea of making your own crispy wontons for this salad! And I hear ya about the chopping for salads. It might take a bit of prep, but it’s so worth it when you have easy meals for the whole week. All of the fresh ingredients in those photos are making me hungry for salad…and I’m still sipping on my morning coffee! Love this recipe, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 6, 2018 at 5:51 am

      I hate to admit it, but the crispy wontons are my favorite part! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Adina
    March 5, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Oh, what a beautiful salad. I love those crispy wonton wrappers and the napa cabbage, that’s always amazing in salads.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 5, 2018 at 5:41 am

      They are my favorite part!

  • Reply
    Emily @ SageRecipes
    March 2, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Looks so fresh and delicious! Great idea for leftover chicken!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks Emily! It is perfect for using left over chicken.

  • Reply
    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    March 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I am totally digging this salad. I made a cabbage salad a few weeks ago and it made a huge amount, so I had lunches for the rest of the week. The dressing looks fantastic.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks Erin!

  • Reply
    Rachelle
    February 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    There’s nothing better than a fast weeknight meal. I totally love of all things sesame too! This salad looks and sounds great!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      I am always trying to find quick and easy weeknight meals. Thanks Rachelle.

  • Reply
    Lori from LL Farm
    February 28, 2015 at 8:17 am

    This looks delicious and sounds healthy. Thanks for sharing.
    Lori

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 1, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks Lori….It was delicious!

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