Monday, April 23, 2012

Chinese Chicken Salad

Years ago when we were up at my parents cabin, my Aunt Debbie made the most wonderful Chinese Chicken Salad.  I was skeptical at first because I'm not a cabbage eater, but this recipe is made with Napa cabbage and it doesn't have a yucky (yes, I'm 5) taste.  I have been making this recipe ever since and it is a wonderful dish to bring to pot lucks or for backyard barbecues.  I hope you'll give it a try and let me know what you think.

Here's what you need:

2 Napa Cabbage medium size (about the size of a heart of romaine), chopped, with the white core removed.
3 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
3 green onions, sliced thinly
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1- 2 package top ramen, noodles only, crushed (sometimes I use one package and sometimes I use two)
2 Tbs. sesame seeds
2 Tbs. canola oil

Dressing
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup canola oil
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, I use Nakano seasoned rice wine vinegar
2 Tbs. low sodium soy sauce

Precook chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic seasoning.  Cool, cube and set aside.

In a blender or magic bullet blender pour the dressing ingredients and mix until creamy.  If it separates before serving just re-blend for a second or two.
 
Rinse, dry and cut up the Napa cabbage, making a V cut to take out the hard white part of each leaf (it doesn't take very long)
This is what Napa Cabbage looks like.

Slice the onions and put in a small bowl and set aside.  In a large bowl place the cabbage and set in fridge with the onions until ready to use. (I guess I didn't take a picture of this step, sorry) This can be prepared earlier in the day and left in the fridge until ready to eat.

In a skillet heat the 2 Tbs. canola oil and saute the almonds, crushed top ramen noodles, and sesame seeds until golden brown.
 
Remove bowl of cabbage and onions from fridge and add chicken to the top of the salad and pour the hot almond/top ramen mixture over the top and listen to it sizzle. Add green onions on top.
 
Pour half the dressing on top of the salad and serve the other half on the side.

This is a perfect Entree salad or side dish.

Serves 6

Enjoy!
~Hugs~
Michelle

Here's the handy printable - Chinese Chicken Salad
Recipe adapted from:  Auntie Debbie

13 comments:

  1. This looks so good! I missed the link-up this week. I will do it this coming week. :)

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  2. This looks really fresh and deliscious! Thanks for linking up to Southern Sundays! Come back again next week and post some more! I love your recipes!

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  3. OH MY this looks deliscious!

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  4. This looks delicious! What a wonderful summer salad. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  5. This sounds like it would make the perfect week-night meal. Pinned!

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  6. This looks delicious! I cannot wait to try it! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thanks. It is super easy and great for summer :

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  7. Can I just bring you to my house to make this one? It looks delicious, but maybe out of my league. I'm afraid I will need to pinterest every one of your posts, they are amazing.

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    1. C.J. It is surprising east to make. You will do fine :)

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  8. This sounds like a great summer time recipe for when I don't want to actually cook dinner!!! Thank you so much for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

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  9. This looks and sounds wonderful!!

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