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Chinese Chicken Salad (gluten-free). Fresh, crunchy salad, bursting with vibrant flavors and tasty chicken. - BoulderLocavore.com

Chinese Chicken Salad

This colorful, crunchy main dish salad is fresh with healthy whole ingredients bursting with flavor. The tangy, slightly spicy dressing is the perfect finishing touch.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword chinese chicken salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 main dish salads (approximately 2 cup servings)
Calories 195 kcal
Author Toni Dash


Ingredients for the Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Tamari (if gluten-free) or regular Soy Sauce (if not gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh diced Ginger Root
  • 1 large Garlic Clove , diced

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • 1 recipe Homemade Moist Shredded Chicken Breast (equivalent of 3 cups shredded chicken)
  • 5 cups Shredded Napa Cabbage (I cut across the cabbage and separate the slice into individual strands of cabbage)
  • 3 cups Finely Shredded Red Cabbage
  • 2 cups Grated Carrots
  • ½ cup chopped fresh Cilantro leaves
  • 4 large Scallions (green onions), trimmed and sliced (both white and green portions)
  • ¼ cup Sesame Seeds (white, black or a mix)
  • ¼ cup Sliced Almonds


  1. Prepared the dressing by combining all the dressing ingredients into a small jar with a lid. Seal, shake vigorously and set aside for the flavors to infuse.
  2. Prepare the homemade moist shredded chicken breast. While the chicken breasts are cooking, in a large bowl combine the Napa cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, cilantro and green onions; toss to combine, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  3. Allow the freshly shredded chicken to cool slightly and combine with the salad and the sesame seeds; toss.
  4. Dressing the salad: if you plan to serve the entire salad, add all of the dressing and toss. If you plan to use the salad over multiple meals, dress individual servings of the salad and store the salad and dressing separately to keep the salad crisp. Sprinkle the top of the salad with sliced almonds just before serving to keep them crunchy.
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 407mg17%
Potassium 571mg16%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 7995IU160%
Vitamin C 47mg57%
Calcium 166mg17%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.