Asian Chopped Chicken Salad

By Rena |

This Asian Chopped Chicken Salad recipe is so easy to make and so filling it is the perfect lunch or dinner the whole family can enjoy. If you are in a hurry and think lunch has to be fast food, this salad is just that! Asian inspired flavors that will be a winner.

chicken salad in a bowl on flat white surface

Do your kids love helping out in the kitchen when you are cooking? Mine do! Especially if we are chopping up some salad. When I made this Asian Chicken Salad, my girls helped out with the chopping. They get me all nervous when it comes to chopping so we only use a butter knife for this. Safe to say, this salad was fun to make and a hit!

If you’re looking for other salad recipes why not also try my Healthy Grilled Chicken Mango Salad and my Healthy Steak Salad Recipe!

why you’ll love this asian chopped chicken salad

  • A hearty salad. This is great for lunch but also filling enough for dinner. The almonds add a bit of crunch to this leafy meal while the chicken gives more texture and a kick of flavor. 
  • A delicious dressing. A mix of sweet and savory, with rich notes from the soy sauce, this is perfect drizzled over salad.
  • A real crowd-pleaser. My kids even like this salad so as a Mom that is a BIG deal.

ingredients you’ll need

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Veggies – purple cabbage, savoy cabbage, carrots.
  • Almonds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cilantro
  • Dressing – soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, honey, and sesame oil.

how to make this asian chopped chicken salad

  • First, Cook the chicken – On a grill/grill pan, drizzle the chicken breasts with olive oil, season, and grill for 4-5 mins. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Then, mix your veggies – In a bowl, combine the cabbage and carrots.
  • Next, make your dressing – In a small bowl, mix your dressing ingredients and season if needed.
  • Combine – Pour the dressing over the chicken and veggies, toss and coat.
  • Finally, garnish, serve, and enjoy!
top view salad in bowl

recipe notes and tips

  • Asian Chopped Chicken Salad can also be made as a dinner option. Adjust the servings below and prepare a big bowl for the whole family.
  • To save time you could use rotisseries chicken.
  • Use a preheated grill/grill pan.
  • For an extra kick, add a spritz of lime juice.
  • Ideally, go for low sodium soy sauce.
  • Top with cilantro and sliced almonds and sesame seeds.
  • Feel free to toss in any other crunchy fresh veg. Great for using up any veggies in the fridge.

faq’s

making this asian chopped chicken salad ahead of time

If you want to plan ahead and make this salad a day or two before you need it, you can, just be sure to leave the dressing off until right before you serve the salad.

variations and add ins

There’s tonnes of ingredients you can use in this salad! How it is right now is delicious, but if you’d like to add some ingredients to mix things up, then here’s some ideas:

  • Bok choy
  • Green papaya
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Pepitas
  • Cashew nuts
  • Crushed peanuts
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Chili peppers

What is the healthiest salad?

What you hear the word salad you automatically think oh healthy! But that’s not always the case. Depending on what you put on your salad will determine how healthy it is. The healthiest salad would be one that’s loaded with green leafy vegetables, has a good amount of lean protein, have some more fresh veggies or fruits like berries added to it. Most importantly get in the habit of skinny on croutons and store-bought salad dressings. Make your own healthy dressing that should be a simple combination of salt, pepper, lemons, vinegar, and olive oil.

This Asian Chopped Chicken Salad ticks most of these boxes!

side view chicken salad in bowl.
top view of salad bowl.

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side view of the salad in a bowl

Asian Chopped Chicken Salad

Grilled chicken, colorful veggies, and almonds, all tossed in a sesame ginger dressing.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 293kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 4 thin boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups purple cabbage chopped
  • 3 cups napa or savoy cabbage chopped
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup almonds sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil

Instructions

  • Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  • While the chicken is cooking, combine the cabbage and carrots in a large bowl.
  • Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and add them to the vegetables.
  • In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, honey, and sesame oil; whisk until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste if desired.
  • Pour the dressing over the chicken and vegetables. Add the cilantro and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle the sesame seeds and almonds over the top of the salad and serve.

Notes

  • Asian Chopped Chicken Salad can also be made as a dinner option. Adjust the servings below and prepare a big bowl for the whole family.
  • To save time you could use rotisseries chicken.
  • Use a preheated grill/grill pan.
  • For an extra kick, add a spritz of lime juice.
  • Ideally, go for low sodium soy sauce.
  • Top with cilantro and sliced almonds and sesame seeds.
  • Feel free to toss in any other crunchy fresh veg. Great for using up any veggies in the fridge.
Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 617mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 26.7mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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