You’ll love this easy recipe for Asian Chicken Salad

Easy Asian Chicken Salad

Before I was on a gluten free diet, I loved ordering chopped Chinese chicken salad at my favorite restaurants. 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. The orange and ginger dressing usually contains soy sauce, which also has wheat in it. And sometimes the chicken is breaded – forget about 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?

You'll love this easy recipe for Asian Chicken Salad on those nights it's too hot to cook. Click to get this healthy Chinese chicken salad with Asian chicken salad dressing recipe. It's gluten free!

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.)

I’ve combined the gluten free chicken breast tenders with a quick and easy chopped Chinese chicken salad and a gluten free Asian chicken salad dressing in the recipe below. 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!

Easy Asian Chicken Salad

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.

To keep this easy Asian chicken salad recipe gluten free, you must use a gluten free soy sauce or a tamari sauce. 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.

Easy Asian Chicken Salad

Easy Asian Chicken Salad

Ingredients

For 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

Directions

For Asian Chicken Salad Dressing

  1. Combine ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally.
  2. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Use back of spoon to break up miso and ginger.
  3. Strain sauce through a fine mesh sieve to remove any solids. Let cool in refrigerator.

Easy Asian Chicken Salad

  1. Heat Perdue Simply Smart Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders according to directions on bag.
  2. Combine lettuce, snow peas, red pepper, mandarin oranges, water chestnuts and pine nuts in a large bowl and toss.
  3. Serve salad in bowls with 3-4 chicken breast tenders. Serve Asian Chicken Salad Dressing on the side.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4. Makes 1 1/2 cups of dressing.
  • Serving size: 1/4 of recipe

Originally published on Sep 14, 2015. Updated with new pictures and information.

7 thoughts on “You’ll love this easy recipe for Asian Chicken Salad

  1. Rachel Encore

    This was a real winner! Garnished with lots of cilantro before serving – my entire family wiped it out in minutes. I’ll be making this again soon. Thank you!

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