This Asian Chicken Salad with Mandarin Peanut Vinaigrette combines some of my very favorite flavors in one neat little package. I could eat Chinese food EVERY DAY if you let me. It just makes me happy and this gives me one more (healthyish!?) excuse to enjoy it.
The best thing about this Asian Chicken Salad is that it comes together in about 30 minutes. I also make the dressing in a mason jar to make it super easy to store leftovers and dispense.
Asian Chicken Salad Assembly
I start by mixing shredded lettuce, broccoli slaw, and finely shredded cabbage. This blend gives balance while providing essentials like carrots, and red cabbage. It also adds visual appeal and balanced flavors, while taking advantage of prepared salads from the grocery store.
I just grab a bag each of finely shredded lettuce, angle shredded cabbage
I layer in my salad ingredients. All my favorites like crispy chow mein, green onions, mandarin oranges, water chestnuts, and bean sprouts. The real stunner is this chicken recipe, it's pretty fantastic if I do say so!
Now when you read the recipe you may think that some of the spices are a little bit out of place. But I like the extra layer and depth of flavor the Ras el Hanout brings to the dish. Adding a squeeze of lime brightens everything up and keeps it feeling fresh!
Mandarine Peanut Vinaigrette
This vinaigrette really brings this Asian Chicken Salad together. I never like to waste anything in my kitchen so I created this dressing using the liquid from the canned mandarins. With the addition of some other Asian essentials and my favorite thing ever...PEANUT BUTTER we get a beautiful dressing.
The easiest way to mix up your dressing is to throw everything into a mason jar. I literally throw everything in and give it a shake.
Now don't be discouraged by the length of this ingredient list. It is a list of basics that you can outfit your kitchen with, and that will allow you to add Asian inspiration to any dish from here on out. The other option is to eliminate the vinaigrette and just purchase an Asian dressing, there are a lot of great options ready made in the grocery store.
- Chicken Breast
- Ras al Hanout
- Ground Ginger
- Roasted Garlic Powder
- Peanut Butter
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Soy Sauce
- Sesame Oil
- Olive Oil
- Mandarine Orange Juice
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Shredded Lettuce
- Broccoli Slaw
- Shredded Cabbage
- Mandarine Oranges, canned
- Crispy Chow Mein Noodles
- Water Chestnuts
- Bean Sprouts
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My General Tso's Chicken is a dish I would eat every day, and at a minimum, I cook every week at home.
A good soy sauce turns this fall favorite into a dream, try my friend Kristi's mom's recipe for Soy Sauce Pumpkin Seeds.