Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad is the mother of all salads! Chock full of lettuce, carrots, edamame, poached chicken, and crisp wonton strips in a sweet and tangy Asian-inspired dressing, it’s like a party in your mouth! It’s a great side dish or light meal the whole family will love.

Chinese Chicken Salad in a large glass bowl with a plate of salad and a jar of dressing on the side
Chinese Chicken Salad

Table Of Contents

  • Ingredient notes
  • Asian sesame salad dressing
  • How to make crispy fried wontons
  • Poached chicken
  • Serving suggestions
  • More salad recipes
  • Chinese Chicken Salad

I love to cook and enjoy putting delicious meals together but come Summertime, the kitchen is my least favorite place. Who wants to be tied to a burning stove in 100 F weather?

So when temperatures start to crank up, I swap our more elaborate dinners for simple salads and sandwiches at home, which are a welcomed change of fare. They’re quick, easy to prep, and loaded with fresh flavors and good-for-you nutrients.

This Chinese Chicken Salad, for example, takes less than 30 minutes to make yet tastes like you slaved in the kitchen for hours. Chock full of lettuce, carrots, edamame, poached chicken, and crisp wonton strips in a sweet and tangy Asian-inspired dressing, every bite is like a party in your mouth!

edamame, cut wonton kins, julienned carrots, shredded red cabbage, iceberg lettuce head on a cutting board and raw chicken breast on a plate on the side

Ingredient notes

  • Veggies – I use a mix of iceberg lettuce, shredded red cabbage, julienned carrots, and edamame. You can easily swap Romaine, napa cabbage, green onions, or your favorite green salad mix.
  • Chicken – I like poached chicken breast, but grilled or rotisserie chicken works, too. Just debone and then shred or cut into chunks.
  • Crispy wonton strips – you can find packaged crispy wontons in the salad section of your local supermarket, or you can make them at home! You can also use crunchy chow mein noodles, which are also available at most grocery stores,
  • Optional add-ins – feel free to add almond slivers for extra crunch or mandarin oranges for a fruity hint of flavor.
ingredients for Asian Sesame Dressing in small bowls

Asian sesame salad dressing

  • You can use your favorite Asian salad dressing to save time or make it from scratch with simple pantry ingredients for the best taste.
  • Whisk together rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, brown sugar, and grated fresh ginger until well-blended. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • You can make it in advance and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
frying wonton strips in a hot oil in a pot

How to make crispy fried wontons

  • Use oil with a neutral flavor and high smoke points, such as peanut, safflower, or canola oil. For best results, heat to an optimal oil temperature of 350 F to 375 F.  Do not overcrowd the pan, and cook in batches as needed.
  • Cut the wonton wrappers into strips about 1/4-inch thick. Cover with a cloth or paper towel to keep it from drying out.
  • Drop the strips in the hot oil. Move around in the pot using a slotted spoon or spider to cook evenly and keep from sticking together.
  • Remove the fried wontons from the pan a shade lighter than you’d like as they will continue to brown in the residual heat and will crisp up as they cool.
  • Drain on a wire rack and allow to cool.
  • They can be made a day or two in advance. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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