Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

Erin S. | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Chinese Chicken Salad - a quick and easy rotisserie chicken salad with an Asian dressing and lots of crunchy delicious mix-ins! It's a crowd pleaser.

If a restaurant has an Asian chicken salad on the menu, chances are I will pick it. I love the one at Panera and sometimes make a trip there just because the cravings strike.

There is just something about Panera Macaroni and Cheese, so it should come as no surprise that this salad had to get made at home too.

Chinese Chicken Salad Photo

Despite the name, this salad has nothing to do with China or Asia. It is usually a salad that as served as an entree in restaurants, and now you can make it at home!

It is believe that this salad (also known as an Asian Chicken Salad or Oriental Chicken Salad) originated at a restaurant in California. These days it is all over, and Cheesecake Factory is another one that is similar to this that is very well known. 

This starts as your basic Oriental Chicken Salad with a base of cabbage and then I added some romaine as well. Then you start with your mix-ins, and this is where you can go crazy!

I like to keep it basic, but you can go all out and add whatever your favorites are! The mix-ins are what make a salad a meal, which is why I love this Southwestern Cobb Salad for both lunch and dinner.

Chinese Chicken Salad Picture

Chinese Chicken Salad Ingredients

  • Use shrimp instead of chicken
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Snow Peas 
  • Edamame
  • Chopped Bell Pepper
  • Water chestnuts
  • Wonton Strips
  • Chow Mein Noodles (or try bean thread noodles for something different)
  • Almonds
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Green Onions
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Use bagged coleslaw mix to save on chopping

You know what makes this Chinese chicken salad recipe so easy? Rotisserie chicken.

It is seasoned to perfection and so easy to just shred and add to your salad. This is what makes it hearty and a complete meal, and gets dinner on the table in under 15 minutes. 

Chinese Chicken Salad Image

The dressing is just a few ingredients that you can shake together in a jar and have ready whenever dinner is ready. You can make the dressing the day before and just have waiting for you.

If you store it in the fridge, just set it out for a few minutes before you are ready to eat so it can come to room temperature and mix in with your salad easily. 

Can You Make Chinese Chicken Salad Ahead of Time?

Yes, but I like to wait to put the dressing and the crunchy toppings (wonton strips and chow main noodles) on until you are ready to serve.

The crunchy add-ins start to get soggy if they sit with the dressing on. So I like to make a little extra dressing and then just let people add whatever amount they want when they are ready to eat.

Chinese Chicken Salad Pic

And then they can sprinkle on a few of their favorite toppings.

The leftover salad can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge. The next day you can use the leftovers for lunch and just add on your wonton strips and the leftover dressing for a quick and easy lunch.

You can really make this salad your own and cater to the ingredients you and your family enjoys!

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Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

  4 Servings


For the Salad:
  • 3 cups Romaine Lettuce
  • 3 cups Cabbage, chopped
  • 3 cups Leftover Rotisserie Chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups Matchstick Carrots
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 cup Wonton Strips
  • 1/2 cup Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Green Onions
For the Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Grated Fresh Ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


  1. In a large bowl toss together all of the ingredients for the salad. Set aside.
  2. In a small jar add all of the ingredients for the salad dressing. Shake until well combined.
  3. Pour salad dressing over the salad, tossing to combine until everything is well coated.
  4. Serve immediately.


Cooking Method:
No Cook
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Author: Erin S.
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 306
Calories 623

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g
  Saturated Fat 6g
Sodium 1254mg
Total Carbohydrate 25g
  Dietary Fiber 6g
  Sugars 10g
Protein 33g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Erin S.

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Erin is passionate about quick and easy dinners that lead to family togetherness on her blog, Dinners, Dishes & Desserts. How could we not ask her to share that passion as an Easy Dinner fanatic?

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