You’ll love this Easy Asian Chicken Salad recipe, if you like ordering Chinese chicken salads at your favorite restaurant.
Before I was on a gluten free diet, I ordered them all the time. There was nothing better than the combination of tender chicken, tangy orange and ginger dressing, and the crunchy salad, vegetables and fried wontons!
However, Asian chicken salad recipes are a big no-no if you’re gluten free.
First, no fried wontons since they’re made of wheat. Sometimes the chicken is breaded.
The orange and ginger dressing usually contains soy sauce, which also has wheat in it.
The solution was to make a healthy Asian chicken salad at home. But how could I do that without grilling chicken breasts, especially on those nights when I was too busy – or it was too hot – to cook?
How to make a gluten free Asian Chicken Salad
My desire not to cook up chicken breasts for a healthy Asian chicken salad led me to the freezer section where I found Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders.
They’re fully cooked, so all you have to do to defrost them is to heat them for a little over a minute in your microwave.
Even my daughter, who’s not gluten free, thinks they’re yummy. (You can find where they’re sold here.)
The combination makes a delicious and easy weeknight dinner.
You can also use the Asian Chicken Salad Dressing as a dipping sauce if you think your kids won’t like this easy recipe for Easy Asian Chicken Salad.
They can have the chicken tenders with some mandarin oranges on the side instead!
This Mama’s tips for making Asian chicken salad dressing
You can find white miso online, at Asian markets, and at your favorite health food store. I’ve even seen it sold in the Asian section of my grocery store, so it’s not as unusual an ingredient as you think.
I prefer using tamari sauce since many of the gluten free soy sauces I see sold in stores are made with sketchy fillers and dyes.
For Easy Asian Chicken Salad Dressing
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup white miso
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
- 2 tablespoons tamari sauce or gluten free soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
Easy Asian Chicken Salad
- 1 bag Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders
- 3 stalks romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup snow peas
- 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
- 1 15-ounce can mandarin oranges (no sugar added), drained
- 1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
For Asian Chicken Salad Dressing
- Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally.
- Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Use the back of the spoon to break up miso and ginger.
- Strain sauce through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any solids. Let cool in the refrigerator.
Easy Asian Chicken Salad
- Heat Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders according to directions on the bag.
- Combine lettuce, snow peas, red pepper, mandarin oranges, water chestnuts, and pine nuts in a large bowl and toss.
- Serve salad in bowls with 3-4 chicken breast tenders. Serve Asian Chicken Salad Dressing on the side.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 1485mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 6gSugar: 30gProtein: 11g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.
Originally published on Sep 14, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.