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Asian Chicken Salad


Description

This Asian chicken salad is a healthy favorite in our family! Chow mein noodles, cabbage, edmame, carrots, chicken, marinated chicken, and Asian dressing.


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 23 cups shredded lettuce or slaw (I used raw grated brussel sprouts)
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups cooked, shelled edamame
  • toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece minced ginger (about 1 tbs. for me)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 5 spice seasoning (can also sub other seasoning – I used part Garam Masala and part Cajun seasoning)
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles (dry crunchy kind)

Instructions

  1. Toss all salad ingredients – green onions, lettuce, almonds, carrots, cilantro, edamame, and sesame seeds.
  2. Whisk together the soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sugar, and seasoning. Marinate the chicken in the sauce for at least 1 hour. Bake chicken in the sauce at 400 degrees, for about 20-30 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through. When chicken is cooled, shred and add to the salad.
  3. Toss with dressing of your choice and chow mein noodles just before serving.

Notes

Dressing: I used Panera’s Asian Sesame bottled dressing – yum! I also made my own quick and easy version of an Asian dressing by whirring all these together in the food processor: 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup oil, 3 tablespoons white vinegar, 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter, 1 tablespoon hoison, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and about 1/3 cup water.

DON’T add the chow mein noodles until you are ready to eat the salad – the moisture from the vegetables and chicken will make the noodles lose their crunch.

Nutritional Information includes my peanut dressing!

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired

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