Toasted sesame seeds and almonds give this Oriental Chicken Salad a nutty crunch. An easy, light dinner salad that makes a complete meal!
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Oriental Chicken Salad

Toasted sesame seeds and almonds give this Oriental Chicken Salad a nutty crunch. An easy, light dinner salad that makes a complete meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 552kcal

Ingredients

For the Toasted Seeds and Almonds:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame seed toasted
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds toasted

For the Salad

  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked chicken breasts either grilled or baked, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 3 green onions with tops chopped
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 3 ounces chow mein noodles
  • 1 head lettuce cut into small pieces

Dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup light-tasting olive oil

Instructions

  • In a small skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium low heat. Add the almonds and sesame seeds. Allow them to lightly cook and brown, stirring them often and watching them closely so that they don't burn. Once they are golden brown, scoop them into a small bowl to cool.
  • Cut the cooked chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. We like using leftover grilled chicken for this recipe. You can also use a rotisserie chicken. The chicken should not be hot. 
  • In a large bowl, add the chicken, almonds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and green onions. Set aside.
  • For the dressing, add the sugar, vinegar, salt, pepper and oil to a jar and shake to mix well. Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and refrigerate until serving.
  • Right before serving, mix the chicken in with the chopped lettuce and top with chow mein noodles. Serves 6.

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Nutrition

Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 571mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3.5mg