Looking for a light and easy salad for dinner? This Asian chicken chicken salad with sesame dressing only has a few ingredients and it’s super quick to throw together.
Ingredients for Chinese Chicken Salad
- Chicken: Use up that rotisserie chicken that you’ve been meaning to eat. Or bake a chicken breast for this easy recipe.
- Lettuce: Traditionally, romaine is used for this salad but you can use any kind of lettuce that you’d like. I added in cabbage as well for more fiber and texture. Learn how to chop romaine lettuce here.
- Onions & Cilantro: Herbs and onion will add a depth of flavor to this dish. Add liberally or serve on the side so family and friends can add as much (or as little) as they’d like.
- Noodles: These will add texture and act as the croutons for the salad. If you want to make this a keto Asian chicken salad, the omit and just use nuts for texture. You can even use ramen noodles – just break them up and toss them on!
- Almonds: Add another source of protein to your salad!
- Dressing: Pick out any kind of asian dressing to add to your salad, but for this recipe I enjoy uisng a sesame dressing.
How to Put Together your Asian Chicken Salad
The good news? Making this salad is incredibly easy and you probably already have most of the ingredients at home. You can even just toss on some leftover rotisserie chicken for this salad.
It’s also pretty light on carbs and it’s easy to measure how many calories you’re eating when you’re making this dish.
In a large mixing bow, add the chopped romaine, cilantro, green onions and almonds. Toss well and then distribute to individual bowls.
Then, top with chicken, noodles and dressing. Serve immediately.
How can I save my Asian salad?
You can absolutely save your Asian chicken salad if you end up with too much. Just add your mixed salad to a large airtight container and store in the fridge for up to three days.
Keep the chicken, dressing and noodles on the side for when you are ready to serve, otherwise it will become soggy.
Other Ingredients for your Salad
Chinese chicken salad is a crowd-pleaser in my house since it’s something that is a bit different than our normal meals and doesn’t leave you feeling full and bloated at the end of the meal. You can use up any leftover rotisserie chicken with this salad. This recipe can fit Whole30 and Paleo guidelines with some minor tweaks. It also can be made keto.
I use a mix of romaine lettuce and cabbage. Not only does Napa cabbage add a great crunch to the salad but cabbage is full of nutrients you might not otherwise get during your day. Cabbage is also a very affordable produce item that will stretch your romaine farther.
When it comes to dressing, there are many different options for you to choose from. My personal favorite is the Soy Vay Toasted Sesame dressing. Tonight I tried two different dressings: Galeos Miso & Chia Seed Sesame Seed dressing and Joey D’s Chinese Chicken Salad dressing. Both are great affordable options and are sold at Draeger’s and Safeway. If however, you want to try a different dressing, you can always make a Bleu cheese dressing to go with this salad instead.
You can add almost anything to this dish to make it a colorful salad full of nutrients. Strawberries in the fridge? Go ahead and throw them into your salad bowl. It’s easy to customize this salad to your liking.
What to Serve with your Chicken Salad
While this salad can be served by itself, it can also be accompanied by other dishes. I’ve included some other ideas if you are unsure what to serve with this dish.
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Garlic Grilled Artichokes
- Chicken BBQ Pizza
- No- Knead Focaccia Bread
- Mac n’ Cheese
- Sour Cream Biscuits
Did you try this Chinese chicken salad recipe? Tell me what you thought in the comments below.