Chinese Chicken Salad
Chinese Chicken Salad is hearty with shredded chicken and a colorful mix of fresh vegetables. With a creamy peanut butter dressing, this is one of our favorite ways to enjoy an Asian salad!
When it comes to go-to salad recipes for our family, this is one of them. We rely on this Chinese Chicken Salad for toting along to picnics in the summertime and for packing in lunch bags during the school year.
Every single one of us finds the Chinese chicken salad dressing in this salad irresistible. With a mixture of peanut butter and soy sauce at the base, plus fresh ginger and garlic, it’s pretty amazing…I have to admit.
I also especially like that this salad is packed with lean chicken protein and a colorful array of fresh vegetables. It makes me feel good to serve this hearty salad to my family!
Here are a few more salads that work great for picnics and lunch bags: We never, ever tire of this Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. This Sweet Onion Coleslaw Dressing makes for a super easy and tasty cold salad. And our girls absolutely adore finding these Individual Caprese Pasta Salads in their school lunch bags!
I’ve been making this Asian chicken salad for a great number of years. And now that our girls are older and super capable in the kitchen, they are usually the ones who dictate when we make it, and how we make it.
And every time, this Chinese chicken salad recipe looks just a little bit different…
How to make Chinese Chicken Salad
Our girls prefer this salad be made with green beans and sugar snap peas. I know the snow pea pods would lend a bit more of a truer ethnic feel for this Asian salad, but we love the sugar snap peas, full and plump. I also like to change it up with asparagus in lieu of green beans, but that never goes over well with Hatti and Tessa!
Sometimes I add an extra sweet bell pepper, using a colorful mix of one red, one green, and one yellow. Other times I just feel like a couple of red ones. And shelled edamame beans are a lovely addition, too.
Sometimes we use all toasted white sesame seeds, and other times I like to toss in some black ones for their pretty color contrast.
There’s just so much you can do to tailor this salad to whatever you have on hand, or whatever you are craving.
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adapted quite a bit from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Parties! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
for the dressing:
for the salad:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396 Total Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 21g Cholesterol: 51mg Sodium: 747mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g Protein: 24g
adapted quite a bit from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Parties!
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Here are a few more salads I’d like to try. They look great for picnics and lunch bags! I’m ALWAYS up for shrimp, so this Shrimp Pasta Salad from Wine & Glue looks fabulous to me. The flavors in this Greek Pasta Salad from Noble Pig are calling my name. And all the yes to this Cranberry Chicken Salad from Fifteen Spatulas!
This post was previously published in 2012. Photographs and some of the text were updated in 2018.
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