A square photo of a single portion of Chinese Chicken Salad in a white bowl. There is a fork on the side. A larger bowl with more salad is blurred in the background. There is also a small bowl of Chow Mein noodles in the back.

Chinese Chicken Salad

Your new favorite Chinese Chicken Salad! The best mix of salad ingredients paired with a homemade Asian salad dressing so good, you'll lick the bowl.

Course Salad
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 301 kcal


For the Salad Dressing:

For the Salad:

  • 4 cups cooked chicken shredded or diced
  • 1 pound Napa cabbage cored and finely shredded
  • 2 cups red cabbage cored and finely shredded
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 bunch scallions thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro minced
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds for garnish, optional
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To make the dressing:

  1. In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine oil, vinegar, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and sesame oil. Shake vigorously until combined.

  2. Allow flavors to blend at room temperature while preparing the rest of the salad. Or, refrigerate for up to 4 days.

To make the salad:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cabbage, carrots, scallions, and cilantro. Shake the dressing to recombine and pour over the salad.

  2. Toss until evenly coated. Sprinkle with chow mein noodles and sesame seeds, if using, and serve.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.