Chinese Chicken Salad
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Chinese Chicken Salad with Homemade Dressing

A salad with incredible flavors and textures.  Includes a quick and easy homemade peanut sauce dressing.
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword Chicken Salad, Chinese Chicken Salad, Chinese Salad
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2
Author [email protected]

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 heaping tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sesame seed oil
  • ¼ 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.

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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.