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Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken SaladYUM!
This salad is officially a new favorite in my book. I had no idea it would be this good! I made this the other night for dinner for a friend of mine and I. We served it over fresh spinach leaves for a light weeknight dinner and it was perfect. Leftovers for lunch the next day were even better.Chinese Chicken Salad

The salad was really easy to put together. I had roasted the chicken earlier in the day so that it was ready to be shredded. I also blanched the asparagus at the same time and kept them in the fridge to chill. The dressing was a breeze to throw together – I just love making my own fresh salad dressings. I originally thought about serving this salad over some cold sesame noodles or even in a pita, but the fresh spinach leaves worked out wonderfully to make this a great dinner salad.

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Chinese Chicken Salad

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Chinese Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 split chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on) (I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts)
  • Good olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, ends removed, and cut in thirds diagonally
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded
  • 2 scallions (white and green parts), sliced diagonally
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds, toasted

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup good apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub with 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.
  3. 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 in strips about the size of the asparagus pieces. Combine the cut chicken, asparagus, and peppers in a large bowl.
  4. 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.

Recipe from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Parties! and Food Network

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Chinese Chicken Salad
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Love this Chinese Chicken Salad from Ina Garten (aka Barefoot Contessa), one of my all time favorites! Great recipe for spring!

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31 Responses to “Chinese Chicken Salad”

  1. Wok Through the Fire posted April 9, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Looks beautiful! I really enjoyed making this dish, too 🙂

  2. Kelly B posted April 9, 2009 at 11:33 am

    That will be perfect for warm days, when it is just too hot to cook. And I can trick the kids with the green spinach by calling it something relating to a super hero. Ha! Definitely a recipe we will be trying!! 🙂

  3. Meghan posted April 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    This chicken salad looks delicious! I love all those veggies. Dinner salads are always great, and I also like your idea of putting it in a pita. That would make a yummy lunch the next day. 🙂

  4. Pamela posted April 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Boy…this salad looks incredibly good, Aggie! So pretty, too.

  5. Erica posted April 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    mmm this looks like a really great light dinner. Confession- I use to say I hated peppers and now I love them! I can’t get enough 🙂

  6. Lucy posted April 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Aggie this looks perfect, I’m loving the flavors!!

  7. Dawn posted April 9, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    oh Aggie, yum yum yum!
    I love these types of salads.

  8. Cathy posted April 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    It looks beautiful, Aggie – love it over spinach leaves, and I also LOVE your ideas about serving it over cold noodles or in a pita. It is a versatile salad that way! We really enjoyed this one too.

  9. Mary posted April 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    How beautiful! I love dinner salads and you’ve done a really good job with this one.

  10. chocolatechic posted April 9, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I wish I had been able to find sesame seeds. Mine would have looked so much better.

  11. Sara posted April 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    This salad looks great! I bet the flavor combination is delish.

  12. deltawhiskey.us posted April 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Yum! I sort of did the same thing, used the salad to make lettuce wraps. I’m sure using a fork and eating it with spinach was much less messy!

    ~Cat

  13. Pam posted April 9, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I have been craving Chinese food lately – this salad sounds perfect. YUM! Can’t wait to try this one out.

  14. AppleC posted April 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    The meal looks fantastic. Anything coupled with spinach works for me.

  15. Helene posted April 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Love the picture. Looks so tasty.

  16. Patsyk posted April 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    That’s my kind of salad! Yum!

  17. unconfidential cook posted April 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve seen Ina make this, and have always drooled over it. Thanks for posting the recipe….In LA dinner salads are just a force of nature.

  18. Diana posted April 9, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Great looking salad. I had fun making this dish. My husband loved it.

  19. Debinhawaii posted April 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Beautiful! This was a good one,great colors and flavors and so great the next day too.

  20. Lisa posted April 9, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I like the spinach idea. Looks great! I needed a nice light salad.

  21. melissa posted April 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Not to be a jerk but… well, I’ve seen this around the blogs today and…

    *whispering* I like yours the best.

    😉

  22. Kevin posted April 10, 2009 at 12:56 am

    This salad sounds really tasty! I really like using peanut butter in dishes like this!

  23. Leslie posted April 10, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Looks like a yummy lunch Aggie!!

  24. McKenzie posted April 10, 2009 at 2:11 am

    I’m so glad you liked it! Your pictures look great, too!

  25. shortbreadsouth.com posted April 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Your salad looks delicious. This was so good and different, and I am going to try some of your suggestions (spinach, noodles, pita) the next time I make it!

  26. Girl Japan posted April 11, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Hi Aggie! I hope you are well! This is such a delight to see, a nice dish for the spring season, crisp, cool, and LUSCIOUS.

    The photos are fantastic.

  27. Tonya @ What's On My Plate posted April 17, 2009 at 2:21 am

    your photos look so refreshing! i loved this recipe.

  28. raych posted May 13, 2009 at 3:14 am

    I made this tonight and it was AMAZING!!! We also had some snow peas grumbling in the drawer, so I threw those in too. Snow peas go in Chinese food, right? Anyway, I made a double-batch of the dressing so that I can dump it on something else later this week.

  29. fittingbackin posted July 26, 2009 at 12:14 am

    ooh I so want to make this!! Quick question: do you think it would work with low-calorie peanut butter like Better 'N Peanut butter? Or do you think that would make it weird? Thanks!!

  30. Aggie posted July 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

    fittinbackin: I'm not really familiar with that peanut butter, is the texture and flavor similar to regular peanut butter? I used natural peanut butter so it probably wasn't as sweet as regular PB but I liked it that way. If you like how it tastes then it should probably be good! Let me know if you try it!

  31. A posted August 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I'd love to invite myself to this sumptuous meal and have a taste of your oriental chicken salad. yum-my!

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