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Chinese Chicken Salad, Made Lite


This version of Chinese Chicken Salad is more "fresh", with a dressing that isn't loaded with sugar. It's quite easy to put together,and you can be creative in cutting the vegetables that you want. To make things even easier, buy a rotisserie chicken at your local deli/grocery store. It's a whole lot cheaper than going out to a restaurant and ordering one-- plus you know what's in the salad dressing!
This recipe is slightly adapted from "Just A Taste"

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  • For the dressing:
  • For the salad
  • 1 small rotisserie chicken (about 4 cups), shredded
  • 1-2 heads romaine lettuce, shredded (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 small head purple cabbage, shredded
  • 2-3 scallions, sliced (white and green parts)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup fresh cucumber (I used 1/3 of an English cucumber), sliced into batons*
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup crispy chow mein noodles
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar**
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper


Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 30mins
Adapted from


Step 1

*for the cucumbers, cut into approx. 1/4" slices. Stack a few, and then cut straight down into thin strips or "batons"
**You can use seasoned rice vinegar, but all that means is that sugar and salt has been added. I used unseasoned.
For the chicken: You can use leftover roasted chicken, from home, or cook chicken breasts. The rotisserie chicken is just as easy, and is cost effective.
In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients, tossing until well mixed.

In a small bowl (I use a small Mason jar with a lid), whisk together the dressing ingredients and then pour over the salad, tossing to coat.

Serve immediately.


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