This easy Chinese chicken salad gets tossed with a bright, gingery dressing and topped with crunchy noodles. Makes a great make-ahead salad for a backyard party or a weekday lunch.
Photography Credit: Elise Bauer
This Chinese chicken salad is a colorful and tasty way to use up some leftover chicken and makes for a quick and easy light lunch.
HOW TO MAKE THE SALAD DRESSING
I experimented with few different dressings and ultimately settled on this one, which I think is just the right balance of soy sauce, rice vinegar (or rice wine vinegar; they’re the same), ginger, garlic, and sesame oil.
Whisk everything together, taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking, then toss with the salad. The dressing stored on its own will also keep for at least a week or longer.
If you’d like to make this salad ahead for a party or to take for lunch, cook the chicken and assemble all the salad ingredients in a storage container, except for the chow mein noodles. Combine the ingredients for the salad dressing in a separate jam jar. Store everything in the fridge until ready to serve.
Just before serving, shake the jam jar to combine the dressing, then toss with the salad. Top with chow mein noodles and serve.
MORE EASY SALAD RECIPES FOR PARTIES AND LUNCHES!
Easy Chinese Chicken Salad with Chow Mein Noodles Recipe
1 Sauté the chicken: Heat both oils over high heat in a large sauté pan for 1 minute, then add the red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds.
Pat dry the chicken strips, sprinkle them with a little salt, and add them to the pan. Stir-fry the chicken over high heat until cooked through, 3-6 minutes depending on how hot your burner gets. Remove and set aside to cool.
2 Make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Adjust seasonings to taste.
3 Toss salad to serve: In a large bowl, toss the chicken and salad ingredients together. Just before serving, toss with dressing and top with the chow mein noodles.