Asian Chicken Salad

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    This Asian chicken salad is everything you want in a salad recipe…fresh, light, crunchy and delicious. It’s super flavorful and is loaded with all your favorite toppings!

    If you have leftover rotisserie chicken or grilled chicken, this is the perfect salad to make. It’s super easy to assemble and comes together in just 20 minutes. We make it for dinner at least once a month!

    asian chicken salad in a white bowl

    This Asian chicken salad is fresh, light, crisp, filling, crunchy, pretty and delicious. It is one of my favorite salads to make for potlucks, girls lunches or a simple dinner at home. It’s also my go-to whenever I see it on the menu at a restaurant.

    It’s loaded with all types of delicious toppings like chicken, green onions, almonds, cilantro, wonton strips and an easy Asian dressing. The fresh flavors and different textures all pair perfectly together. Take one bite and you will be in heaven!

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    Asian chicken salad dressing

    This dressing is super simple to make and is bursting with flavor. The sesame oil and rice wine vinegar give it that delicious Asian taste. And the sugar helps cut the acidity and provides just the right amount of sweetness.

    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or white vinegar)
    • 1-2 Tablespoons sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

    Instructions: Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

    Assembling the salad

    1. Stir together chopped lettuce and coleslaw mix in a large bowl.
    2. Place the chicken, green onions, almonds, cilantro and wonton strips on top.
    3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.

    asian chicken salad dressing in glass bowl

    Variations:

    • Use whichever greens you have on hand. Spinach or kale work great too.
    • Add extra vegetables such as cucumber or bell peppers.
    • Add mandarin oranges for a sweet and delicious addition.
    • Switch the almonds for peanuts or cashews.
    • You can also use Chinese rice noodles instead of wonton strips.
    • Use teriyaki chicken for the base.

    Helpful tips

    • Make your own wonton strips instead of buying from the store. They are extra delicious and easy to make!
    • You can make the dressing in advance and store in the fridge until ready to serve. It’s one less step to worry about.
    • This dish can be served as a side or a main dish. If serving as a main dish, it will serve around 4. If serving as a side, it will serve 6-8.
    • This salad would be great for meal prepping. Divide the ingredients among 4-5 meal prep containers and store in the fridge. I add the dressing right before enjoying and also store the wonton strips in a seperate bag so they don’t get soggy.

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    Asian Chicken Salad Recipe

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: Asian
    Keyword: asian chicken salad
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 318
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    This Asian chicken salad is everything you want in a salad recipe...fresh, light, crunchy and delicious. It's super flavorful and is loaded with all your favorite toppings! 

    Ingredients

    • 6-8 cups romaine lettuce
    • 2-3 cups classic coleslaw mix , no dressing
    • 2 cups cooked chicken , I like to use rotisserie, chicken strips or grilled chicken
    • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
    • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
    • 1/2 cup wonton strips

    Dressing:

    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar , or white wine vinegar
    • 1-2 Tablespoons sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

    S&P, to taste

      Instructions

      • Combine the lettuce and coleslaw mix in a large bowl. Place the chicken, green onions, sliced almonds, cilantro and wonton strips on top.
      • In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, rice wine vinegar, sugar and sesame oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.
      • Toss to combine. Serve immediately.

      Notes

      • For a sweet addition, add mandarin oranges. 
      • Feel free to swap almonds with peanuts or cashews. 
      • To add more veggies try adding red bell pepper and shelled edamame. 
      • You can use Chinese rice noodles instead of wonton strips if preferred. 
      • For a premade dressing, I like using Newman's Own Sesame Ginger. 
      • This salad will serve 4 if served as a main dish, or 6-8 if served as a side dish.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4222IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg
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