Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad takes only 15 minutes to make and is loaded with flavor. It’s a tasty lunch or dinner salad.

bowl with purple cabbage, lettuce, chicken, peanuts, carrots, crunchy rice noodles; garlic, ginger, and dressing in a jar in background; green cloth in background

This Asian-style Chinese Chicken Salad is one you can quickly make and it’s so satisfying with lots of crunchy toppings and a zesty homemade ginger dressing. It definitely makes it easier to skip ordering this dish as takeout.  

What Kind Of Chicken Should You Use?

In this recipe, we use cooked chicken thighs as they are more flavorful and juicy. Feel free to substitute and use breast meat if you prefer. You’ll need 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast.

Can You Make This Salad Vegetarian?

Technically it will no longer be Chinese Chicken Salad, but if you want the flavor of this salad without the meat you can simply omit the meat in this recipe. 

What Veggies to Use in Chinese Chicken Salad?

Once of the things that makes this salad quick to assemble is to buy pre-shredded Napa or cabbage slaw. If you can’t find shredded and prepacked cabbage slaw, you can buy fresh red, white, or Napa cabbage.

If you buy  the cabbage whole, you’ll need to shred it with a grater or mandoline (like this one) or slice it into small strips. 

You’ll also add chopped lettuce, shredded carrot, and chopped green onion so you can also buy a bag of lettuce and shredded carrot in a pre-mixed bag or individually packaged to keep things simple. 

How To Make The Dressing

In a small bowl, whisk together rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, minced garlic, and grated fresh ginger. We are using only a half teaspoon of freshly grated ginger but if you prefer a stronger ginger flavor, add an additional half teaspoon of ginger.

Alternately, you can add all the ingredients to a jar, seal it well, and shake it until all the ingredients are well-incorporated. 

What Toppings Can You Add?

This Chinese Chicken Salad tastes amazing with crunchy noodles that you can find in the international aisle of most grocery stores (They look like this). You can also top it with peanuts or sesame seeds, which add crunchiness and a nutty flavor to the salad. Mix and match and find your perfect crunch.

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Chinese Chicken Salad

bowl with purple cabbage, lettuce, chicken, peanuts, carrots, crunchy rice noodles; garlic, ginger, and dressing in a jar in background

Chinese Chicken Salad takes only 15 minutes to make and is loaded with flavor. It’s a tasty lunch or dinner salad.

  • Author: Ilona Orzechowska
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped lettuce
  • 2 cups shredded Napa or cabbage slaw
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 5 cooked chicken thighs, shredded
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 3 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger*
  • 1 cup crunchy noodles, optional
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, assemble and toss lettuce, cabbage, carrot, and green onion. Next, add the chicken and toss to evenly distribute throughout the salad.
  2. To make the dressing, whisk together rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, minced garlic, and grated fresh ginger.
  3. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and toss to combine.
  4. Serve with crunchy noodles and peanuts.

Notes

*We are using only 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger but if you prefer stronger flavor, add additional 1/2 teaspoon of ginger.

Chinese Chicken Salad
Chinese Chicken Salad

Ilona Orzechowska

Ilona blogs at Ilona’s Passion where she focuses on sweet and savory party recipes. She believes in making recipes from scratch and not very sweet desserts. She likes to experiment with flavors while cooking in her Canadian kitchen. She has lived in three countries and loves to explore the world with her two boys and a husband. While not cooking or traveling she designs printable invitations and party decorations.