Who thinks that the salad dressing is the best part about a salad? I do! Most of the time anyway…the dressing on this Chopped Chinese chicken salad is phenomenal but it’s the crunchy, flavorful veggies and chunks of chicken that really do it for me.
Mmmm Asian Chicken Salad for the win.
We sent my parents off on a mission this April and I was a little surprised by how my heart felt. I’ve known my whole life that my parents would retire and choose a life of serving, so I was bursting with happiness for them, but that wasn’t all. I had a little bit of sadness, grief in a way. Sad that things were changing. Sad that they wouldn’t be as easy to see. But most of all I was so, so peaceful. I’m telling you, it has felt so right.
We went to Idaho to send them off on their way and in an effort to ease some of the stress off of mom I made this Chinese chicken salad. Actually, we used turkey not chicken, it’s a long story. It was simple but it hit everything I need in a dinner, dash of sweet and salty, crunchy and juicy, my goodness it was the perfect salad.
What Ingredients Go in Chinese Chicken Salad?
I absolutely love these the combination of all these ingredients! They are crunch and juicy and the perfect orchestra of flavors and textures.
For the Salad
Red Bell Pepper
Sugar Snap Peas
Mandarin Oranges (optional)
For the Dressing
The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.
How to Make Chinese Chicken Salad
There’s not much to making a salad, right? Yep, that’s exactly right!
Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside.
Layer all the ingredients in a large bowl.
Add the dressing and toss to coat.
Top with wonton strips.
These instructions can also be found in the recipe card below.
Where to Find Crispy Wonton Strips
Check at the grocery store by the salad dressings and croutons.
Tips for Chinese Chicken Salad
Chicken: I like to grab a rotisserie chicken at Costco. You’ll get about 3 cups if you use the breasts and thighs.
Cabbage: I slice the cabbage just with a knife, but you could use a mandoline if you want to. You can also buy a bag of coleslaw and really simplify things!
Dressing: If you want to spice things up, add a half teaspoon of sriracha or if you want it more sweet, double the amount of sugar.
Cashews: Feel free to use whatever nuts you want. Slivered almonds are awesome in this!
Can You Make Chinese Chicken Salad Ahead of Time?
You can make the salad dressing up to 8 hours before you plan to serve it. You can also chop up all the ingredients and store them in ziploc bags until you’re ready to eat. Combine everything and stir to combine.
It’s sweet and salty, crunchy and juicy, with a delicious sesame dressing, and it can be eaten as a main dish, side dish, lunch or snack. I love love love this wonton Chinese chicken salad!
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Wonton Chinese Chicken Salad
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Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 5 minutesTotal Time: 25 minutes
For the Salad3 Cups Chopped Chicken cooked1 Cup White Cabbage thinly sliced1 Cup Red Cabbage thinly sliced2 Cups Romaine Lettuce chopped2 Cups Iceberg Lettuce chopped1 Medium Red Bell Pepper cut into thin strips1 Medium Carrot julienne1 Cup Sugar Snap Peas chopped1 English Cucumber peeled and chopped1 Green Onion chopped1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds1/2 Cup Salted Cashews toasted and chopped2 Tablespoons Cilantro choppedWonton Strips for servingFor the Dressing4 Tablespoons Sesame Oil4 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar1 teaspoon Soy Sauce1 Tablespoon Honey4 teaspoons Sugar1 1/2 teaspoons Ginger fresh *see note1 teaspoon Salt1 teaspoon Sesame SeedsMandarin Oranges optionalUS Customary – Metric
Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside. Layer all other ingredients in a large bowl, add the dressing and toss to coat according to your tastes.Top with wonton strips and enjoy!
*You can replace the fresh ginger with 2 teaspoons of dried but I highly recommend using fresh. It’s so much better!
Wonton Chinese Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving (2 Cups)
Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%Saturated Fat 5g31%Trans Fat 1gPolyunsaturated Fat 7gMonounsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 42mg14%Sodium 576mg25%Potassium 501mg14%Carbohydrates 18g6%Fiber 3g13%Sugar 11g12%Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 4320IU86%Vitamin C 53mg64%Calcium 71mg7%Iron 3mg17% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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