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.
a photo of chinese chicken salad in a large white bowl.
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.
a closeup photo of a chinese chicken salad topped with sesame seed dressing.

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.

a photo of all the ingredients for a chinese chicken salad all in a large white bowl and also on a rectangular serving platter.

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.

a photo of a large white bowl full of chinese chicken salad taken from directly above the bowl.

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.

a photo of chinese chicken salad in a large white bowl.

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!

More Delicious Salad Recipes:

Wonton Chinese Chicken Salad

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

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.
    4 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar, 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce, 1 Tablespoon Honey, 4 teaspoons Sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons Ginger, 1 teaspoon Salt, 1 teaspoon Sesame Seeds, Mandarin Oranges, 4 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • Layer all other ingredients in a large bowl, add the dressing and toss to coat according to your tastes.
    3 Cups Chopped Chicken, 1 Cup White Cabbage, 1 Cup Red Cabbage, 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce, 2 Cups Iceberg Lettuce, 1 Medium Red Bell Pepper, 1 Medium Carrot, 1 Cup Sugar Snap Peas, 1 English Cucumber, 1 Green Onion, 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds, 1/2 Cup Salted Cashews, 2 Tablespoons Cilantro
  • Top with wonton strips and enjoy!
    Wonton Strips

Notes

*You can replace the fresh ginger with 2 teaspoons of dried but I highly recommend using fresh. It's so much better!

Nutrition

Serving: 2CupsCalories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 15gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 576mgPotassium: 501mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 4320IUVitamin C: 53mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 3mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 + Salad Recipes to Obsess Over, 50 + Best Easy Asian Recipes
Cuisine: Asian

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a photo of all the ingredients for a chinese chicken salad all in a large white bowl and also on a rectangular serving platter.