Chinese Chicken Salad
Chinese Chicken Salad – healthy salad with chicken breast and Chinese dressings. Homemade tastes better than restaurants & cheaper.
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast fillet
3 cups mixed salad greens
1/4 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and julienned
3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced, optional
1 piece fried tofu, sliced, optional
5 wonton wrappers
2 cups oil, to make crispy wontons
Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup low-sodium or light soy sauce
1/4 cup pure sesame oil
2-inch ginger, peeled and minced
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 stalk scallion, cut into thin rounds
1 small shallot, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted
Marinate the chicken with salt, black pepper, and 2 1/2 tablespoons of Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing for 30 minutes. Discard marinade before cooking.
Pan-sear the chicken on both sides, until the meat is completely cooked. Remove chicken and cool down. Cut into thin slices.
Cut each wonton wrapper into 8 strips. Heat up the oil in a wok on medium-high heat. When the oil is heated, deep-fry the wonton strips until golden brown. Remove from wok with a strainer and drained on paper towels. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the salad greens, carrot, cucumber, chicken and the Sesame Ginger dressing. Toss well.
Chill for 5 minutes, garnish with crispy wonton strips and serve immediately.
Chinese Chicken Salad
Chinese Chicken Salad – healthy salad with chicken breast and Chinese dressings. Homemade tastes better than restaurants & cheaper!
I love making light, clean and good salads as part of my healthy living lifestyle. There is no better time to make salads as farmers market are sprouting up everywhere this time of year and you can get all kinds of fresh produce from your local farmers. One of my favorite salads to make is Chinese Chicken Salad—simple green toss with grilled chicken in a savory and tangy Chinese dressing.
On days when I am too lazy to prepare something on my own, I go to Panera Bread for my favorite salads. One of my favorite salads at Panera is the Asian Sesame Chicken Salad, which is as good as, if not better than my homemade version. Panera is my go-to place because I love the casual and healthy vibe of the restaurant and the food is great. First of all, Panera is all about “Clean” food; they are on a journey to serve clean food and dedicated to remove artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors and preservatives in all of their U.S. Bakery Cafes by the end of 2016. Panera wants to be an ally for wellness for the millions of guests they serve each week as they firmly believe in its motto: “Panera Bread. Food as it should be.”
Panera strives to make good food. Not only food you crave, but food that’s good for you. Food that will make the rest of you feel as good as your taste buds. It comes from a good place, and is made with seasonal, clean ingredients. Panera wants their guests to revel in the joy of good eating and to share the experience of good food.
Other salads that I enjoy at Panera are:
– The Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad
– The Power Kale Caesar Salad
– The Mediterranean Chicken & Quinoa Salad
This post was brought to you by Panera Bread. I received compensation to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own.