May 142013
 

Years ago I fell in love with Applebees’ Oriental Chicken Salad.  I don’t know if it was the crispy Napa cabbage or the unusual dijon mustardy dressing.  Or a combination of both.  But whatever, I could not get enough of it!  So imagine the thrill when I discovered a version of it on the internet.  So, made it, I did.  Again and again.  I even wrapped it in flour wraps and pretended that is was a sandwich.

I could make it weekly, except that David objects and rejects my notion that it is good enough to eat that often.  My solution?  I make it up, divy it into four servings and take it to work with me.  Sure, it looks like I am being a bit repetitious, but who cares?   I get my indulgence and David gets to escape my passion for this salad. (We all have our secret life.)

Here is what you will need.  And oops, I forgot to buy the purple cabbage to add to it.   And since it is several miles to the grocery store,  I am going to ask you to imagine that it is there.  It mostly adds color (don’t get me wrong, color is important) but it is perfectly fine without it.  Just add about 1 cup of shredded purple cabbage and it will be a pretty addition.  And if you have never tried Napa cabbage– this is your chance to fall in love again. the crispy mild flavor is  addictive.  And, like other cabbage, it keeps in the fridge for a long time.  Always a plus for those of us who live a ways from the grocery store.

Oriental Chicken Salad

 

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Dressing:

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3-4 T. honey

1 1/2 T.  rice wine vinegar (or white vinegar if you don’t have rice on hand)

1/4 cup mayo

1 t. dijon mustard

several dashes of sesame oil– do not omit this!  It is very important for the specific taste of this dressing.

Add all of the above and stir well.

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Note:  I like to triple or even quadruple this recipe and use it for a regular dressing also.  David does approve of this indulgence.

Salad greens:

1 cup chopped purple cabbage

1 cup chopped Napa cabbage

1 bunch of romaine lettuce, chopped

1 carrot, shredded

1 green onion, sliced thinly

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toppings:

1/3 c. sliced almonds

1/3 c. chow mein noodles

2-3 prepared breaded chicken breasts, cooked and cooled.

Place the chicken breasts into the oven and cook as directed.

Mix up the ingredients for the dressing.  Chill while preparing the other ingredients.

Combine the salad ingredients.

To serve, slice the chicken breast into bite sized pieces and toss with the lettuce salad and toppings.  Top with the salad dressing.  Serve immediately.  Also works well by doubling the chicken amounts and served inside a rolled flour wrap.

 

 

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Makes 1 large dinner salad, or 4 side salads.

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Oriental Chicken Salad

Oriental Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 3-4 T. honey
  • 1 1/2 T. rice wine vinegar (or white vinegar if you don't have rice on hand)
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 t. dijon mustard
  • several dashes of sesame oil-- do not omit this! It is very important for the specific taste of this dressing.
  • Salad greens:
  • 1 cup chopped purple cabbage
  • 1 cup chopped Napa cabbage
  • 1 bunch of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 green onion, sliced thinly
  • toppings:
  • 1/3 c. sliced almonds
  • 1/3 c. chow mein noodles
  • 2-3 prepared breaded chicken breasts, cooked and cooled.

Instructions

  1. For detailed and pictures directions, go to: [http://www.onlymybestrecipes.com/oriental-chicken-salad-crispy-crunchy-and-addictive]
  2. Measure the honey, vinegar, mayo, mustard and sesame oil and stir well.
  3. Place the chicken breasts into the oven and cook as directed.
  4. Mix up the ingredients for the dressing. Chill while preparing the other ingredients.
  5. Combine the salad ingredients.
  6. To serve, slice the chicken breast into bite sized pieces and toss with the lettuce salad and toppings. Top with the salad dressing. Serve immediately. Also works well by doubling the chicken amounts and served inside a rolled flour wrap.
  7. Makes 1 large dinner salad, or 4 side salads.
http://www.onlymybestrecipes.com/oriental-chicken-salad-crispy-crunchy-and-addictive/

  3 Responses to “Oriental Chicken Salad- crispy, crunchy and addictive.”

  1. Looks delicious, Arlene. And, no wonder: I’m sure Applebee’s focus-grouped it until it was just right! I am a sucker for anything with sesame oil.

  2. Arlene I love the recipes you have posted. It would be really awesome if you knew the ww points on some of these recipes. if not I will just figure it out thanks so much for sharing your great recipes with all of us. you should probably start your own magazine. (Eating healthy with a little cheating here and there).

    • Oh Barb– it would be a guess. And thanks for the compliment. I would not start a magazine, however, I have started to write a book about David and me. There may be a recipe or two…

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