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Chinese-Style Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

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This easy-to-make chicken salad tastes like the one you can order at many restaurants sans the unhealthy fried wonton strips.

If I didn’t have a husband and children to feed, I’d eat a chicken salad like this every night of the summer. The taste is similar to the Chinese-style chicken salads served at many restaurants, only I’ve left off the unhealthy fried wonton strips that are usually piled on top. Though the ingredient list looks long, the recipe couldn’t be easier to make — especially if you use leftover or rotisserie chicken instead of making your own.

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Chinese-Style Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing

This easy-to-make chicken salad tastes like the one you can order at many restaurants sans the unhealthy fried wonton strips.

Servings: 4


For the Chicken

  • 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (or 2 cups shredded cooked chicken)
  • Peanut oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper

For the Dressing

  • ⅓ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3½ tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup Asian/toasted sesame oil
  • ⅓ cup peanut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1½ inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

For the Salad

  • 4 romaine lettuce hearts, chopped (or use a combination of romaine and Napa cabbage)
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup grated carrots, from 2 carrots
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ⅓ cup salted cashews or peanuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. Place the chicken breasts on a foil lined sheet pan. Rub the skin with oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and juices run clear. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
  3. In the meantime, make the dressing. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Remove the skin from the cooked chicken breasts and slice into bite-size pieces; add to salad bowl. Add dressing, little by little, and toss to combine (you may have a little dressing left over). Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 751
  • Fat: 53g
  • Saturated fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 46g
  • Sugar: 26g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Sodium: 1019mg
  • Cholesterol: 56mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • Hi Jenn,

    This salad looks fabulous. Can I make it entirely with Napa cabbage? Or is there another lettuce that would work other than Romaine. Romaine scares me because of problems with e-coli.


    • — Hannah on August 28, 2022
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    • Hi Hannah, You could make it entirely with cabbage, but if you’d like some greens in there, I think spinach or arugula would work nicely. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 30, 2022
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