Chinese Chicken Salad

I've tested every conceivable way to cook chicken for chicken salad, and this method wins hands-down. I oven-roast bone-in chicken breasts for 35 to 40 minutes, then shred the meat to make the salad. It's moist and flavorful and really absorbs the sauce. This Chinese chicken salad has peanut butter in the dressing to give the flavor depth.

Photo by Heather S.

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

65

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

65

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Ingredients

  • 8

    split chicken breasts (bone in, skin on)

  • Good olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1

    pound asparagus, ends removed, cut into thirds diagonally

  • 2

    red bell peppers, cored and seeded

  • 4

    scallions (white and green parts), sliced diagonally

  • 2

    tablespoons white sesame seeds, toasted

  • FOR THE DRESSING

  • 1

    cup vegetable oil

  • 1/4

    cup good apple cider vinegar

  • 1/3

    cup soy sauce

  • 3

    tablespoons dark sesame oil

  • 1

    tablespoon honey

  • 2

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 1

    teaspoon peeled, grated fresh ginger

  • 1

    tablespoon white sesame seeds, toasted

  • 1/2

    cup smooth peanut butter

  • 4

    teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

To toast sesame seeds, place them in a dry saute pan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until browned. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub the skin with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and shred the chicken in large, bite-sized pieces. Blanch the asparagus in a pot of boiling salted water for 3 to 5 minutes, until crisp-tender. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking. Drain. Cut the peppers into strips about the size of the asparagus pieces. Combine the shredded chicken, asparagus, and peppers in a large bowl. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing and pour over the chicken and vegetables. Add the scallions and sesame seeds and season to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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