This Chinese chicken salad takes some work but boy is it worth it. It is loaded in fresh crisp veggiesthat are tossed in an Asian dressing and then topped with marinated chicken and wonton strips. Delightful!
I used my soy ginger vinaigrette to dress this Chinese chicken salad but you can use any Asian style store bought salad dressing if you prefer. I highly recommend the homemade salad dressing. It is very good and will last you for weeks inside a closed bottle in the fridge. Simply shake it before serving.
Please keep in mind that you will need to marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes for this recipe so start with that step first. That way when you are done slicing all your veggies your chicken will be ready to be cooked.
Make sure you use very fresh vegetables for this recipe to be at its best. This is what you are going to need to make this delicious and satisfying Chinese chicken salad:
FOR THE CHICKEN:
1 whole skinless/boneless chicken breast – cut into strips
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
pinch of Chinese Five Spice Powder
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 scallions – chopped (white, light green and dark green)
4 garlic cloves – peeled and smashed
½ TBS finely minced fresh ginger
1 TBS cornstarch
4 TBS peanut or vegetable oil
Place the chicken strips in a bowl.
Whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, Chinese five spice powder, honey and sesame oil. Add the scallions, garlic cloves and ginger. Mix well. Pour over the chicken and make sure to coat completely. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
After the chicken is marinated – remove the strips from the marinade and place them in a shallow dish. Sprinkle with the cornstarch and make sure it is coated well. Heat a skillet with the oil until it is very hot – almost smoking. Add the chicken to the hot oil and cook in batches until it is cooked through. Remove from the skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
FOR THE SALAD:
6 Wonton wrappers
4 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
2 cups thinly sliced Romaine lettuce
1 large carrot – peeled and julienne
1 cup julienne snow peas
2 TBS sliced almonds
1 TBS toasted sesame seeds
Dressing of choice
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the wontons into thin strips. Spray a baking sheet with some cooking spray. Place the strips on the sheet in a single layer. Spray the tops lightly and place in the oven. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes until browned and crisp.
Place the cabbage, lettuce, carrots, snow peas, almonds and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Toss to mix well. Add dressing of choice and toss to coat well – I used soy ginger vinaigrette. Place some of the salad on a plate and top with the chicken and wonton strips. Serve and enjoy!
1/8 cup dressing – CALORIES 144.69; FAT 13.64 grs (sat 1.31; mono 7.53; poly 4.44); PROTEIN 0.55 grs ; FIBER 0.12 grs; CARBS 5.44 grs; CHOLESTEROL 0.00 mg; IRON 0.22 mg; SODIUM 339.60 mg; CALCIUM 5.05 mg