Looking for a light and easy salad for dinner? This Chinese chicken salad recipe only has a few ingredients and it’s super quick to throw together. 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Rice noodles: These will add texture and act as the croutons for the salad. If you want to make this a keto chinese chicken salad, the omit and just use nuts for texture.
- Almonds: Add another source of protein to your salad!
- Dressing: Pick out any kind of asian dressing to add to your salad. Or, a creamy dressing if you prefer.
What to Serve with Chinese 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.