This Chinese chicken salad has incredible flavors and crunch, and also comes with a quick and easy homemade peanut sauce dressing.

Chinese Chicken Salad with Won Tons

When ordering a salad in a restaurant I like to try out the Chinese chicken salad.

So often I wish there was more of a particular ingredient in the salad.

For example, I had one recently that didn’t have enough cilantro in it, for my liking at least.

And more times than not, I wish there was more crispy wontons.

One of the great things I like about making recipes at home is that I can customize them to include the quantity or types of ingredients that I like.

About the Ingredients

So, in this salad I added more of my favorite ingredients from the different Chinese chicken salads that I’ve had.

Like using thinly sliced green cabbage rather than lettuce.

And increased the quantity of ingredients that I especially enjoy in a Chinese chicken salad like adding larger and more pieces of cilantro, extra mandarin orange segments, and lots of crispy wontons.

For even more crunch, a light layer of honey roasted peanuts are included.

This salad is a great way to use up leftover chicken too.

 

But if you don’t have leftover chicken, the meat from a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store would taste wonderful in this salad.

And also included in this recipe is a delicious quick and easy peanut sauce dressing.

Here are more recipes that taste really good with peanut sauceFresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp“, “Fresh Vegetable and Chicken Spring Rolls” and “Nut-Crusted Coconut Chicken with Peanut Sauce“.

Chinese Chicken Salad in bowl

Rather than mixing all of the ingredients for this salad together in a big bowl, they’re added to the serving plates in layers so that each colorful ingredient can be seen.

This salad is highly customizable so feel free to adjust the ingredients and quantity to your liking.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Peanut Sauce Dressing Ingredients

Peanut Sauce Dressing – peanut butter (creamy or chunky), fresh ginger root, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar, and water

Chinese Chicken Salad ingredients

Crispy Wonton Chips – round won ton wrappers, and canola oil

Salad – cooked chicken, green cabbage, red cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, green onion, mandarin orange segments, honey roasted peanuts, black sesame seeds, crispy wonton chips and peanut sauce dressing

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

For the Wonton Chips:

Cut the wonton wrappers into quarters or strips.

Heat a medium size skillet on low heat and add the canola oil.

Fry wontons in skillet

When the oil is warm, add a batch of the wontons.

Fry wontons in skillet

Turn them over when the bottom side turn a light golden color.

TIP – Watch the wontons closely because they cook very quickly and it’s best to cook them in small batches so they don’t cook faster than you can turn them or remove them from the skillet.

As soon as both sides are a light golden color quickly remove them from the skillet and lay them on a paper towel-lined plate.  Set aside.

For the Peanut Sauce Dressing:

Crunchy peanut butter in bowl

In a small bowl, add peanut butter…

Chopped ginger root on cutting board

Chopped ginger root with peanut butter

….ginger root (peeled and chopped),

Add sugar to peanut butter in bowl

sugar,

Add sesame oil in bowl

sesame oil,

Add rice vinegar in bowl

rice vinegar,

Add soy sauce in bowl

soy sauce,

Add water in bowl

water,

Add hoisin sauce in bowl

and hoisin sauce.

Whisk together.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in the refrigerator while making the salad.

For the Salad:

Add sliced cabbage in bowl

To the serving plates, in layers, add sliced green cabbage,

Sliced purple cabbage on cutting board

Add sliced purple cabbage in bowl

sliced purple (red) cabbage,

Add shredded carrots in bowl

shredded carrots,

Chopped cilantro with knife on board

Cilantro on Chinese Chicken Salad in bowl

coarsely chopped cilantro,

Chopped Green Onions on Cutting Board

Chinese Chicken Salad in bowl

green onions,

Chinese Chicken Salad in bowl

mandarin oranges,

Chinese Chicken Salad in bowl

cooked chicken (cut in bite-size pieces),

Honey Roasted Peanuts on Salad in bowl

Chinese Chicken Salad in bowl

honey roasted peanuts and sesame seeds.

Chinese Chicken Salad with Won Tons

Next,

Chinese Chicken Salad with Won Tons

garnish with wonton chips…

Chinese Chicken Salad with Won Tons

…and serve with peanut sauce dressing.

Chinese Chicken Salad with Won Tons

…and enjoy.

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More Chinese Chicken Salad Recipes You May Like:

Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing from Foodie Crush

Chinese Chicken Salad from Steamy Kitchen

Lighter Chinese Chicken Salad from Gimme Some Oven

Easy Chinese Chicken Salad from Simply Recipes

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Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad with Homemade Dressing

A salad with incredible flavors and textures.  Includes a quick and easy homemade peanut sauce dressing.
4.7 from 3 votes

Ingredients

For the Crispy Wonton Chips:

  • 6 round wonton skins cut in pie-shaped quarters, or strips
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

For the Peanut Sauce Dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons creamy or chunky peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon diced fresh ginger root (peeled)
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (heaping) hoisin sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup water

For the Salad:

  • 4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 2 cups thinly sliced purple (red) cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup sprigs of cilantro cut in thirds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 20 mandarin orange segments
  • 2 cups bite size pieces of cooked chicken breast
  • 3 tablespoons honey roasted peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
  • Wonton chips
  • Peanut Sauce Dressing

Instructions

For the Crispy Wonton Chips:

  • Heat a medium size skillet on low heat and had the canola oil. When the oil is warm, add a small batch of the cut wontons. 
  • Turn them over when the bottom side turns a light golden color. As soon as both sides are a light golden color quickly remove them from the skillet and lay them on a paper towel lined plate to absorb any residual oil. 
  • Watch the wontons closely because they cook very quickly and it’s best to cook them a few at a time so they don’t cook faster than you can turn them or remove them from the skillet.   
  • Continue to cook in batches. Set aside.

For the Peanut Sauce Dressing:

  • In a small to medium size bowl, add all ingredients and whisk together. Cover teh bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in the refrigerator while making the salad.

For the Salad:

  • To the serving plates, in layers, add sliced green cabbage, sliced purple cabbage, shredded carrots, cilantro, green onions, mandarin oranges, chicken, honey roasted peanuts and sesame seeds. 
  • Garnish with crispy wonton chips. Serve with peanut sauce dressing.

Video

Notes

TIP:

  1. When cooking the wontons - watch them closely because they cook very quickly and it’s best to cook them a few at a time so they don’t cook faster than you can turn them or remove them from the skillet.   

This recipe was originally posted on June 16, 2014.