Easy Chinese Chopped Chicken Salad & Want it Wednesday #2
Crisp Savoy cabbage, broccoli crowns, shredded carrots, bean sprouts, red cabbage, green onion, lo mein noodles and coconut grilled chicken paired with a sweet and savory dressing make this Easy Chinese Chopped Chicken Salad a win at any party or lunch!
This Chinese Chopped Chicken Salad is inspired by my sister. The lover of Chinese chicken salad. I’m probably a bit off in this statement but I feel that it is in part mostly true…my sister orders this salad EVERYtime we go out for lunch. It’s a given. I too am a lover of Chinese chicken salad however given an obscure allergy, I tend to be weary in ordering one because, well, I don’t want to die. I say that lightheartedly but the salad is really all about the dressing, for me. Dressing and really well-cooked chicken.
So, what do you do when you love a dish but the preparation and ingredients vary from place to place? You make your own! Preparing my own food and knowing what ingredients are in my dishes have to be up there for the reasons I like to cook. Aside from the passion of just flat out adoring food, the history, sourcing, etc… knowledge of ingredients is key for me.
Now, just because I love cooking and I appreciate and really enjoy cooking an elaborate dish, pure simplicity does not escape me. Let me tell you, this dish is probably the easiest meal that you could make. Not only is it easy, it delivers in the “fill me up” factor. The only caveat to that is the dressing is so darn good, you may want to keep eating it.
Traditionally, I usually see this salad made with Napa cabbage. I love Napa cabbage. It has a very mild flavor and a bit of a kick, somewhat the same as pepper, however, the Napa cabbage at my local market was looking less than lovely. I decided to use Savoy cabbage instead. I just think it’s absolutely beautiful. Wrinkly, crinkly yet very soft and the leaves are pliable. Savoy cabbage is not packed as tightly as your green or red cabbage but there is still quite a bit of deliciousness in there.
This little head of Savoy cabbage delivered almost 7 cups once it was shredded and chopped. That’s a whole-lotta-cabbage man.
I started by removing the top two leaves of this baby in order to set the base for my easy Chinese chopped chicken salad, shredding it with my knife, roughly chopping and running it through the wash. Once the cabbage was washed and drained I set it in the bottom of a large glass bowl.
Here comes the “easy” part of my easy Chinese chopped chicken salad, are you ready?
Buy what you can already shredded. You guys, I appreciate freshly shredded carrots but oh my stars do I find this task not only boring but very time-consuming. Not to mention the risk of catching a finger on the grater as you’re trying to shred that last little nub of carrot…you know what I’m talking about, right? Right. Ugh, the agony lol
The red cabbage, or purple cabbage, however, your market labels it. Am I the only one who has bought a head of this baby and came home to find out that I have more cabbage than I know what to do with? No? Guess what….you can buy this cabbage already shredded in a bag as well. Food brands are genius, aren’t they? Well, most the time anyway. 🙂
Bean sprouts? That’s really a no-brainer. They are usually located by the tofu and egg roll wrappers in the produce refrigerated section. I mention this because my son has spent countless minutes looking for these on occasion.
Broccoli....yep, you guessed it! You can purchase this powerhouse cruciferous vegetable already chopped as well. I, however, forgot and bought a crown of broccoli and chop-chopped myself, but the work was quick.
Green onions? Your knife will make quick work of these. I have seen them being sold already chopped but quite frankly, I don’t think it is worth the money for the 30 seconds it will take you to slice.
Chicken. I had two leftover chicken breasts that I had cooked the night before and diced them into about 1/2″ pieces. Can’t get any easier than that. So, the next time you are cooking or grilling chicken, think about making a few extra so you can whip up this baby on a Thursday. The day no one wants to cook lol
Making the dressing…
5 ingredients, y’all. That’s it. Rice wine vinegar, sesame oil (or canola), Mirin, Hoisin, and Tamarind. Try not to eat it all as you “taste test” before it gets on the salad.
A quick note about the oil. Typically, as I used to think, you would go for olive oil in a salad dressing, right? The standard olive oil and balsamic vinegar….but please don’t use olive oil in Asian cooking. It just does not play a role and tends to be a bit heavy on the palate. I love sesame oil and if you do not have any use standard canola oil. You may also use vegetable oil as well however I am not a fan and wouldn’t recommend it for a dressing.
If you are serving this salad individually and want to preserve the crispness of the veggies, sauce as you plate. If you make this easy Chinese chicken chopped salad for a party, go ahead and sauce and toss the entire salad. It won’t sit around long, trust me.
Top with crispy lo mein noodles and devour.
Really only takes about 15 minutes to put together if you are using leftover chicken and that is simply EASY!
Easy Chinese Chopped Chicken Salad!
So, what do you think you guys? Ready to dive in?
Want more veggie/salad type dishes? Try our American Cobb Salad or our Sweet and Spicy Jicama Slaw!
Easy Chinese Chopped Chicken Salad & Want it Wednesday #2
For the Salad
- 1 head Savoy Cabbage
- 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
- 1 1/2 cups shredded purple cabbage
- 1 crown broccoli- chopped about 3 cups
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- 1 bunch green onions - sliced
- 2 leftover chicken breast - diced into 1/2" cubes
For the dressing
- 2/3 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil or canola oil
- 2 Teaspoons Mirin sweet cooking rice seasoning
- 4 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Tamarind Sauce
- Shred the Savoy cabbage and roughly chop. Wash, drain, and place in a large bowl.
- Add the carrots, purple cabbage, chopped broccoli, bean sprouts and chopped chicken to the top of your Savoy cabbage base. Add green onion to the center for presentation.
- Make the sauce. Combine rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, mirin, hoisin sauce and tamarind sauce to a glass or high-sided bowl. Whisk vigorously to make an emulsion.
- If serving for a party: Add the dressing and toss the entire salad. Top with crispy lo mein noodles after the salad has been tossed so they don't become soggy. You could also set them aside in a dish for individual topping.
- If serving individually: Portion out all ingredients onto a plate and top with lo mein noodles, sauce and toss.
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I need this salad in my belly right now. I love salads like this and can not wait to buy the ingredients for this.
Chanel van Reenen
Well doesn’t this look simply amazing! I love asian cuisine and could eat it everyday. Definitely trying this recipe out soon!
I am in complete agreement with the oil for Chinese style cooking. Olive oil just won’t cut it here. Go for the good stuff.
This looks really good! I love salads and Asian cuisine so I definitely would enjoy making this.
This looks delish. I love chicken recipes in the summer and will be adding this to my menu plan.
Jessica (Swanky Recipes)
I’m such a salad lover this time of year as I don’t care to turn on the oven much during the summer. I’ll be adding this salad to our grocery list later this week. I just love all the fresh veggies in it!
This looks delicious! I am actually making my meal plan and grocery list today so I think this may have just found its way onto my list.
This looks like such a great spin on a traditional dish. I love making variations when I make things I love myself as you’re less likely to compare it to how your favourite restaurant do it x
I love chinese chopped salad. I love how packed they are with all types of textures. Great recipe!
Seattle Travel Blogger
This looks very yummy indeed.
I like the pictures and the preparation instructions you include.
Wow this looks delicious and is full of colors and i bet amazing flavours. we will for sure having to give this one a try!
Chopped Asian or Chinese chicken salad is always my go to order at restaurants. I love the crunch and layers of flavor. I’ve often wanted to try out making my own at home but haven’t had a good recipe till now.
That is such a beautiful salad! I love salads that are full of color like that. Very smart tip to buy what you can already shredded!
The Sweet Tomatoes by my house had this salad and I loved it. I never even thought about making it at home. I’m going to try it.
This looks so good! I love this type of salad but never really made it myself. Yum!
This looks like such a delicious salad! Perfect for the summer months!! Adding to my menu!
That looks amazing! I love that you made it your way instead of stressing about where to the ingredients. I always look forward to salad recipes during the summer.
I love salads! They’re always so fresh and they go so well with chicken as seafood! This is definitely something that I’d love to try!
I have never tried a chinese food before. But this one looks so yummy and easy to make.
What a beautiful salad! My oldest daughter really likes raw cabbage and she’s just getting into eating more salads. I bet she would love this!
Omg this looks delicious! And I’m so glad to hear it’s quick and easy to make.
oh my do i want that salad! that looks like my ideal meal right there. will have to give it a go!
I’ve always loved Asian inspired dishes. It’s great to be able to replicate such delicious food right at home.
I love Chinese flavors too. Their dressings and sauces are loaded with flavors. Would give it a try.
This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it on a rainy day. Comfort
I’ve never been into Chinese food but this look amazing!! I think I need to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.