Chinese Chicken Salad

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This Chinese chicken salad is a deeply-flavorful restaurant recipe. Drizzled with Asian salad dressing it’s healthy, savory, and satisfying. It’s 100% tastier than the Okami Chinese chicken salad kit from Costco. Assemble in 15 minutes and enjoy right now. Or make a DIY salad kit.

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🥗 Why This Recipe’s a Keeper

This recipe for Chinese chicken salad with Asian dressing is a keeper because it offers freshness and customization. But here are more reasons to save this delicious, exciting recipe.

  • It’s an easy healthy recipe that’s so delicious. You control the quantity and freshness of the ingredients, and can tailor the salad to your taste preferences.
  • Better and cheaper than takeout. This recipe produces a restaurant-quality salad for half the price of ordering it from a restaurant. Like homemade P.F. Chang lettuce wraps and air fryer orange chicken, you can save money by making this restaurant favorite at home.
  • It’s ideal for assembling a DIY salad kit. Prep it on Sunday for a quick, hassle-free weekday meal. When ready to serve, just toss the ingredients together and enjoy.
  • It can be served as a side salad or a hearty meal. Enjoy it with wonton soup. Or serve it with an Asian-style appetizer like these cream cheese wontons with homemade sweet and sour sauce.
  • Ideal for potlucks. Take it to family gatherings, church socials and work parties. Serve it for Bunco Night along with artisan bread and butter.
Chinese chicken salad in a black serving bowl with two metal serving utensils.

🛒 Ingredients

  • Rotisserie Chicken: I prefer using a delicious Costco rotisserie chicken. As soon as I get home I shred it up and store it in the fridge. Then it’s ready to go for assembling this easy Chinese chicken salad either the same day or a few days later.
  • Romaine Lettuce: Deep green and hearty with a crisp, crunchy texture, it’s a must for this authentic Asian salad.
  • Iceberg Lettuce: Has a mild, cool, crisp texture. The leaves are tender and less hearty than Romaine. For the best flavor and texture, we pair them together.
  • Red Cabbage: A traditional ingredient for Asian salads, it adds color and texture.
  • Shredded Carrots: A classic veggie for salads. It provides a beautiful orange color, and pairs well with lettuce and cabbage.
  • Green Onions: Adds freshness with a bit of sweetness and tang.
  • Fresh Cilantro: We use just the leaves, not the stems. A classic ingredient in Asian recipes, it’s often referred to as Chinese parsley. It has a pungent taste with hints of lemon and pepper. If you don’t like cilantro, just leave it out.
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: For color, texture, and a bit of heat.
  • Sesame Seeds: Have a mild, sweet, nutty flavor. They add a delicious crunch.
  • Sliced or Slivered Almonds: If taking to a potluck, serve this topping on the side. Some people at the gathering might be allergic to nuts. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Crispy Wonton Strips: At the market, find them in the produce section or next to the salad dressings. They’re usually packaged in zip-top pouches. If you can’t find them, use crispy chow mein (salad topper) noodles instead.
  • 👉🏻 Homemade Asian salad dressing: This flavorful sweet/savory dressing is key to enjoying the best Chinese chicken salad. You won’t find a knock-off version of this in a bottle. It’s a special restaurant recipe that tastes amazing.
Ingredients for homemade Chinese chicken salad individually arranged in a black bowl ready to be tossed.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert Tips

These expert tips will help you create a fresh crunchy salad that’s so much better than takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant.

  • Balance the textures: Ensure a satisfying texture by including a mix of crisp lettuce, crunchy nuts or seeds and tender chicken. For add-ins, consider Mandarin orange slices, water chestnuts, baby corn, julienned bell pepper, snow peas, and sunflower seeds.
  • How to make this recipe faster: Buy prepared items at the market to include a store-bought rotisserie chicken, ready-to-serve Romaine lettuce, and packets of pre-shredded carrots and pre-shredded red cabbage.
  • Make Ahead-Tips: Prepare the ingredients in advance, but keep the ingredients separate until ready to serve. Just before serving, toss the salad, and add the dressing and toppings. This will preserve freshness, and the crisp texture of the salad.
  • About Asian Dressing: If storing it longer than 2 to 3 days in the fridge, add the garlic and ginger just before serving. Without these ingredients the dressing will last much longer.
  • DIY Salad Kit: For meal planning, store the various components of the salad in separate zip-top bags and refrigerate – just like Costco’s Chinese chicken salad kit. Cooked chicken stays fresh in the fridge up to 3 days. Chopped lettuce stays fresh in the fridge up to 5 days. The Asian dressing can stay fresh for 2 to 3 days in the fridge, or longer without fresh garlic and ginger.
  • For portion control, keep the dressing on the side for those who prefer less.
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🧑🏼‍🍳 Recipe FAQ

These are the most commonly asked questions when making this Chinese chicken salad, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

What type of chicken is best for Chinese chicken salad?

Rotisserie chicken breast is a favorite because it’s flavorful, moist, convenient, and easy to shred. Because it’s already cooked, it’s hassle free, and there’s reduced kitchen clean-up. But grilled or poached chicken breasts also work well. In a pinch, you can use canned chicken breast that’s been well-drained.

What crispy toppings for Chinese chicken salad?

Crunchy wonton strips (salad toppers), crunchy fried noodles, crispy onions, slivered almonds, cashew halves, peanuts, and sesame seeds. At the market, look for these items in the produce section, next to the salad dressings, or in the Asian or International aisle.

How to keep crunchy noodles crisp on Chinese chicken salad?

Don’t toss them in with the salad. Instead sprinkle them on as a garnish after the salad has been tossed with dressing, just before serving.

How to keep Chinese chicken salad crisp in a serving bowl?

Don’t toss the salad with the Asian dressing. Instead, place the container of dressing next to the salad bowl so people can drizzle it on when serving. On warm-weather days keep the salad chilled, place the salad bowl into a larger bowl (or chafing dish) filled with ice.

How long can you store chopped lettuce?

Make sure the lettuce is not wet so it won’t wilt. It can stay fresh and crisp for up to 5 days if refrigerated in a zip-top bag with the air pressed out.

Ingredients for Chinese chicken salad tossed in a black salad bowl next to a kitchen towel.

📖 Recipe Steps

  1. Prepare the Chinese chicken salad dressing in a jar. Let the dressing sit for at least 10 minutes so the flavors can meld together.
A clear glass salad dressing container with homemade Asian salad dressing.
  1. Shred the rotisserie chicken breast and add it to a large salad bowl. Pour half of the Asian dressing over the chicken and toss well until all pieces are coated. Let the chicken sit for at least 10 minutes so the flavors can soak into the chicken.
A black wok-style bowl with shredded chicken breast mixed with Asian salad dressing.
  1. Add romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, green onions, and cilantro to the bowl. Toss the Chinese chicken salad.
  2. Drizzle salad dressing over the top and toss again. Garnish with crushed red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, slivered almonds, and crispy (salad topper) wonton strips. Serve and enjoy immediately while the salad and toppings are crisp.
A single serving of chicken salad in a black-and-white bowl with chopsticks.

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This Chinese chicken salad is a deeply-flavorful restaurant recipe. Drizzled with Asian salad dressing it’s healthy, savory, and satisfying. Assemble in 15 minutes and enjoy right now. Or make a DIY salad kit.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken breast, shredded
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup (thinly-sliced) green onions
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro leaves (optional), roughly chopped
  • Asian salad dressing 👈🏻 use this recipe
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup (crispy salad topper) wonton strips

Instructions

  1. Add shredded chicken to a large bowl. Pour half of the Asian dressing over the chicken and toss until all pieces are well coated. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes so the flavors can soak into the chicken.
  2. Add romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, green onions, and cilantro to the bowl. Toss to combine.
  3. When ready to serve, pour the remaining dressing over the salad and toss.
  4. Garnish with red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, almonds, crispy wonton strips. Serve and enjoy immediately while the salad and toppings are crisp.

Notes

  • More delicious add-ins: Mandarin orange slices, water chestnuts, baby corn, julienned orange or red bell pepper, snow peas, and sunflower seeds. Or use (salad topper) chow mein noodles instead of crispy wonton strips.
  • How to make this recipe faster: Buy prepared items at the market to include a rotisserie chicken, ready-to-serve (chopped) Romaine lettuce, and packets of pre-shredded carrots and red cabbage.
  • About homemade Asian dressing: If storing it longer than 2 to 3 days in the fridge, add the garlic and ginger just before serving. Without these ingredients the dressing will last much longer.
  • DIY Salad Kit: Prep items individually and store them in separate in zip-top bags in the fridge. Just like Costco’s Chinese chicken salad kit. Cooked chicken stays fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days. Chopped lettuce stays fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days. The Asian dressing will stay fresh for 2 to 3 days, or longer without fresh garlic and ginger (add them to the dressing just before serving).
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Tossing
  • Cuisine: Western Chinese

Keywords: Chinese Chicken Salad, Chicken Salad, Chicken Salad Recipe

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51 Comments

  1. This is delicious! Second time around I swapped the won ton noodles for chow mein and liked them better. I doubled the recipe and the dressing seems a tad to oily. Have you doubled before? Any tips? Also wondering if you have the nutritional information?

  2. Amazing recipe. I cook for 6 very picky people. Everyone finished their plates! My teenager with meat aversions even ate the left over chicken from the bowl LOL!!! Definitely a great, easy weeknight meal.

  3. Unbelievably great! Used more ginger in the dressing and added red pepper to the salad. I will for sure make it again

  4. This was truly yummy. Thank you so much for the recipe. I substituted chopped vegan chicken strips and everyone in the family loved the meal! The dressing was great!

    1. Only if the lettuce mix, chicken, and dressing are not mixed together. I suggest only combining what will be eaten immediately, then storing the remaining items separately in airtight containers and refrigerating.

  5. Made this for dinner last night. The dressing is very good. I didn’t have molasses so subbed a little brown sugar. We included both red and Napa cabbages, as well as red bell peppers. Topped with sliced almonds and a few wonton strips for crunch. Very tasty!

  6. This was so gooooo! I marinated ahi tuna in a little of the dressing then pan seared. It was a great aubstitute for the chicken.

    1. Caterina, what a great idea to switch things up and use ahi tuna! I bet that tasted great. Thanks so much for coming back to share your experience with this recipe. Happy holidays!

    1. Hello Audrey. The nutrition information includes 1/4 cup of the Asian salad dressing that’s added directly to the chicken. It does not include a drizzling of the Asian dressing over individual servings of salad. You’ll need to guesstimate the calories based on how much dressing you’d like to enjoy with your salad.

  7. This recipe was delicious! Very easy to make and authentic taste. Great no cook summer lunch or dinner. I used Rotisserie chicken and paired it with potstickers. Will definitely keep this recipe.

  8. The salad sounds wonderful and I have all the ingredients to make it. However, a whole head of iceburg lettuce and a head of romaine lettuce sounds like a lot of lettuce especially since it calls for only 2 cups of chicken. Is this correct?
    Thank you

  9. Sorry but I did not find the Asian dressing recipe. How did I miss that?? Would love to make this recipe.

    1. Hi Patricia, to get to the Asian Salad dressing recipe just click on the link which is in blue in recipe.

  10. This salad is to die for! I loooooove the addition of nuts to my salads. Doesn’t really make them low fat but definitely ups the health factor!

  11. I love how easy this was to throw together with leftover rotisserie chicken! The wonton strips on top are a must! I love the crunch they add!

    1. Whitney, thanks so much for visiting me here at Confetti and Bliss! This Chinese Chicken Salad recipe really is an excellent way to use leftover rotisserie chicken! And boy does this salad taste good! Enjoy. :-)

  12. This is such a wonderful salad recipe and you’re right, it’s perfect for when I meal-prep. It’s so easy to put together and so convenient to spoon some in a container in the mornings as my husband leaves for work. Such incredible flavors and I think I’m going to keep a bottle of the dressing always made in my fridge – it’s so good!!

    1. Joanie, I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying this Chinese Chicken Salad recipe with its scrumptious Asian Dressing! Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment. Many good wishes for a fabulous week ahead! :-)

  13. Looks really yummy! I have never tried a Chinese chicken salad thus, I am so excited to try this on Saturday. Perfect for our upcoming family gathering.

    1. Sheila, get your taste buds ready…after the first forkful you’re going to go wild over this super scrumptious Chinese chicken salad! Your family will love it too! Thanks so much for stopping by to join the conversation. :-)

  14. This salad looks so colourful and inviting I could just dive right into a big bowl of it!

    I like that it doesn’t use TOO many ingredients, either. It’s something I could contemplate making on a busy weeknight.

    Thank you for this beautiful recipe!

    1. Helen, I’m so happy you love this yummy Chinese chicken salad recipe. Perfect for quick weekday meals, it’s also great when prepared as a DIY salad kit that you and your family can take to work, school, picnics, and more! Have a great week!

  15. What a nice crispy salad full of Asian flavors! Its amazing that you used rotisserie chicken here, i always have leftovers and never know what to do with them!

    1. This Chinese chicken salad recipe is indeed an awesome way to use leftover rotisserie chicken! Brandi, thank you so much for stopping by and joining the conversation! Have a great Monday. :-)

  16. This recipe for Chinese Chicken Salad seems easy. It seems that the Chinese salad dressing is key. I will try this recipe myself as it doesn’t only seem simple to prepare but it also looks tasty.

    1. The Asian salad dressing makes this Chinese chicken salad so flavorful and delicious! I usually double the recipe for the Asian dressing and use half as a chicken marinade for later in the week. I love time-saving meal ideas! Ingrid, thanks so much for stopping by. :-)

    1. Joanna, once you try this healthy, delicious, Chinese chicken salad recipe you’re going to love it! It’s quick and easy to make, and a great way to use rotisserie chicken.