Asian Sesame Chicken Salad (Copycat Panera)

Copycat Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad is a healthier version of my favorite salad from Panera!

Photo by Joanne P.
Adapted from iowagirleats.com
A Healthier Version of Panera's Asian Sesame Chicken Salad

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

25

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

25

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Adapted from iowagirleats.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    bag pre-washed romaine lettuce

  • 1

    bag pre-washed baby spinach

  • 4

    medium chicken breasts

  • CHICKEN MARINADE:

  • 3

    tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2

    teaspoons brown sugar (or agave nectar, or honey)

  • 1

    teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1/2

    teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2

    teaspoon garlic powder

  • DRESSING:

  • 1/2

    cup rice vinegar

  • 1/4

    cup sugar

  • 2

    tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoon sesame oil, toasted in a dry skillet over medium heat until

  • golden brown

  • 1/2

    teaspoon salt and pepper

  • 1/2

    teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

  • SALAD TOPPINGS:

  • Chopped cilantro

  • 11 ounce can mandarin oranges packed in water or 100% juice (rinse in water if packed in syrup)

  • 1/4

    cup sliced almonds

  • Baked or fried wonton strips

  • Sesame seeds

Directions

CHICKEN: Whisk together chicken marinade ingredients, and marinate chicken for 15 minutes. Grill, or cook in a non-stick sprayed skillet until done, then let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Cut into slices. DRESSING: Bring vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat, then add in the sugar and stir until dissolved. Let cool. Combine with the rest of the dressing ingredients in a jar, and shake to combine. Divide lettuce and spinach between four plates. Top with sliced chicken, salad dressing, and toppings.

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