Easy Chinese Chicken Salad with Chow Mein Noodles

This easy Chinese chicken salad gets tossed with a bright, gingery dressing and topped with crunchy noodles. Makes a great make-ahead salad for a backyard party or a weekday lunch.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into short strips
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon canola or peanut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce or Napa cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 sweet bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 scallions, sliced
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • Chow mein noodles, to taste

For the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce for gluten-free option)
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut or canola oil

Method

1 Sauté the chicken: Heat both oils over high heat in a large sauté pan for 1 minute, then add the red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds.

Pat dry the chicken strips, sprinkle them with a little salt, and add them to the pan. Stir-fry the chicken over high heat until cooked through, 3-6 minutes depending on how hot your burner gets. Remove and set aside to cool.

2 Make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Adjust seasonings to taste.

3 Toss salad to serve: In a large bowl, toss the chicken and salad ingredients together. Just before serving, toss with dressing and top with the chow mein noodles.