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Chinese Chicken Salad

This Chinese Chicken Salad has the BEST homemade dressing and is easy to make with fresh lettuce, cabbage, chicken, and crispy toppings! This is truly a restaurant-worthy recipe.

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A white platter filled with Chinese Chicken Salad and homemade dressing.

Chinese Chicken Salad

There is something so exciting about ordering Chinese Chicken Salad at a restaurant, but it’s even more exciting that you can make an exact replica at home!

The easy homemade dressing makes this dish! And the best part is that you don’t have to turn on your oven or stove to make this! Simply use leftover or rotisserie chicken, some fresh cabbage, lettuce, carrots, and your favorite crunchy toppings!

This is also easy to make ahead of time and serve to guests or bring to a potluck– you will WOW your family and friends with this one!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Ingredients: Nappa cabbage, iceberg lettuce, chicken, carrots, mandarin oranges, green onions, sliced almonds, chow mein noodles, wonton strips, and toasted sesame seeds.

Instructions: Arrange cabbage and lettuce on a serving platter and drizzle with a little dressing. Top with chicken, carrots, oranges, and green onions. Drizzle with more dressing and top with crispy toppings. Serve with remaining dressing on the side.

Labeled ingredients for making Chinese Chinese Salad on a white surface.

Pro Tips

  • Crunchy Toppings: I use La Choy Chow Mein Noodles and Mee Tu Chinese Noodles, both found in the Asian aisle at the grocery store. Typically these are more economical than purchasing salad toppers from the produce section.
  • Make sure your sesame seeds are roasted/toasted for ultimate flavor. (You can do this yourself in a skillet over medium heat if needed, it takes just a few minutes.)
  • Nuts: Other delicious nut options include honey roasted peanuts, cashews, or walnuts!
  • Hoisin Sauce: I use Sun Luck brand, it’s good!
  • Add-ons: Other great additions include goat cheese, avocado, red cabbage, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, baby corn, shrimp, and bell peppers. 
  • Crispy Chicken: Feel free to make this recipe with my Fried Chicken Tenders!

Storage

  • Tossed salad is best if eaten fresh, especially if the crunchy toppings have been added. 
  • Salad ingredients can be prepared and stored separately in airtight containers for up to 2 days before being tossed and served. Shake dressing prior to serving.

A spoon drizzling salad dressing over Chinese Chicken Salad.

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Chinese Chicken Salad on a white plate with lettuce, cabbage, chicken, mandarin oranges, and dressing.

Chinese Chicken Salad

5 from 13 ratings
This Chinese Chicken Salad has the BEST homemade dressing and is easy to make with fresh lettuce, cabbage, chicken, and crispy toppings!

Ingredients

Salad

  • 4 cups Napa cabbage, shredded
  • 3 cups Iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 2 ½ cups cooked chicken, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • 11 oz. mandarin oranges, drained and patted dry
  • 1/3 cup green onions, diced
  • ½ cup chow mein noodles
  • ½ cup crispy wonton strips
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, can sub avocado, vegetable, or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter, optional
  • ¾ teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  • Combine salad dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake very well to combine. (A mini food processor may also be used.) Refrigerate while you prepare remaining ingredients.
  • Arrange cabbage and lettuce on a serving platter or in large bowl and drizzle with a little dressing.
  • Top with chicken, carrots, oranges, and green onions. Drizzle with more dressing and top with almonds, chow mein noodles, wonton strips, and sesame seeds. Serve with remaining dressing on the side.

Notes

Pro Tips
  • Crunchy Toppings: I use La Choy Chow Mein Noodles and Mee Tu Chinese Noodles, both found in the Asian aisle at the grocery store. Typically these are more economical than purchasing salad toppers from the produce section.
  • Make sure your sesame seeds are roasted/toasted for ultimate flavor. (You can do this yourself in a skillet over medium heat if needed, it takes just a few minutes.)
  • Nuts: Other delicious nut options include honey roasted peanuts, cashews, or walnuts!
  • Hoisin Sauce: I use Sun Luck brand, it's good!
  • Add-ons: Other great additions include goat cheese, avocado, red cabbage, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, baby corn, shrimp, and bell peppers. 
  • Crispy Chicken: Feel free to make this recipe with my Fried Chicken Tenders!

Storage
  • Tossed salad is best if eaten fresh, especially if the crunchy toppings have been added. 
  • Salad ingredients can be prepared and stored separately in airtight containers for up to 2 days before being tossed and served. Shake dressing prior to serving.

Nutritional information is an estimate and is per serving. There are 4 servings in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 704mg, Potassium: 502mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 5737IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 3mg
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28 comments on “Chinese Chicken Salad”

  1. Yum!  Easy and delicious! I think I’ll try some chili flakes next time. I used a bag of coleslaw. 

  2. This was an excellent salad. I used the peanut butter, an option and added chili flakes to the dressing for an added kick.  I will make this again and again. 

  3. Delicious! The dressing is so flavorful and not heavy. I did use the peanut butter and dinner was a hit!

  4. We have 6 bottles of asian salad dressing in our fridge right now. Anytime we eat out, if there’s Chinese chicken salad on the menu, thats what my mom wants. So when she says your dressing was the best she’s had, that’s saying something! Fresh is SO much better than bottle. You’ve converted us.

    This was really delicious! The proportions of all the ingredients were balanced so every bite was perfect. Even my protein shake chugging brother liked it. And he’s never had a salad for a whole meal before. He ended up having 3 bowls!

    I see us eating this regularly this summer. ❤️

    • Hi Lexie!!! WOW I am sooo thrilled to hear that this was a big success!! I tested the dressing SO MANY times before I perfected it, and I’m thrilled that you love all loved it so much! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review, you made my day! 🙂

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