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Chopped Chinese Chicken Salad

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.
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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.
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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

  • Chopped Chicken
  • White Cabbage
  • Red Cabbage
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Carrot
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • English Cucumber
  • Green Onion
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Salted Cashews
  • Cilantro
  • Mandarin Oranges (optional)
  • Wonton Strips

For the Dressing

  • Sesame Oil
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Ginger (fresh)
  • Salt
  • Sesame Seeds

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card below.

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How to Make Chinese Chicken Salad

There’s not much to making a salad, right? Yep, that’s exactly right!

  1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  2. Layer all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  4. 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.

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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.

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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

4 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 3 Cups Chopped Chicken cooked
  • 1 Cup White Cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup Red Cabbage thinly sliced
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce chopped
  • 2 Cups Iceberg Lettuce chopped
  • 1 Medium Red Bell Pepper cut into thin strips
  • 1 Medium Carrot julienne
  • 1 Cup Sugar Snap Peas chopped
  • 1 English Cucumber peeled and chopped
  • 1 Green Onion chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Salted Cashews toasted and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro chopped
  • Wonton Strips for serving

For the Dressing

  • 4 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 4 teaspoons Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ginger fresh *see note
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Seeds
  • Mandarin Oranges optional

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

*You can replace the fresh ginger with 2 teaspoons of dried but I highly recommend using fresh. It's so much better!
Nutrition Facts
Wonton Chinese Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving (2 Cups)
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 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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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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4 comments

  • That really does sound like a wonderful lunch!

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  • Thanks for the shout-out! And the salad was delish!

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  • that looks super duper yummy!

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  • Thanks! I am so glad you liked it. Feel free to copy and paste anytime =)

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