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Warm Asian Chicken Salad
and almonds / avocado / bell peppers / carrots

Active: 25 min Total: 45 min
This colorful Asian-inspired salad is packed with vegetables and topped with a tangy-sweet vinaigrette. To give this salad enough substance to stand on its own at dinner, we've added protein-packed ingredients like marinated chicken and avocado.

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Sweet and Sour Vinaigrette:
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 Tbsp
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1/2 tsp
Warm Asian Chicken Salad:
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, cubed
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, diced
  • Carrots - 8 oz, diced
  • Cabbage, Napa - 8 oz, shredded
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, sliced, white and green parts combined
  • Avocados - 1, cubed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup

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Prep

  1. Marinate chicken - Cube chicken and combine with aminos and vinegar (portions for salad). Tenderize with a fork. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  2. Bell peppers / Carrots - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar (portion for vinaigrette), honey, and aminos (portion for vinaigrette). Add cooking oil (portion for vinaigrette) and toasted sesame oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Napa cabbage / Green onions - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  5. Avocados - Cube avocados.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 350F / 177C degrees. (Note: After feedback from community members, this temperature has been reduced from the original version.)
  2. While oven heats, place a wok over medium-high heat. Add first part of cooking oil (portion for salad). Use a slotted spoon to remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and add to wok. Season chicken with some salt and pepper. Saute until chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. When chicken is cooked through, set it aside and let it cool. Return wok to heat.
  4. Add second part of cooking oil and then bell peppers and carrots. Saute until vegetables are tender but still have some crunch, 3 to 4 minutes. Add vegetables to chicken.
  5. While chicken and vegetables cool, spread almonds out on a sheet pan. Toast in heated oven until golden, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, 5 to 6 minutes.
  6. Combine cabbage, green onions, avocados, chicken, bell peppers, carrots, and almonds in a large mixing bowl.
  7. Give vinaigrette a stir and pour over salad ingredients. Toss until all ingredients are well combined. Taste and season with some salt.
  8. Serve salad immediately and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (121)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (10)
Vegetarian (24)

69 reviews

This was really good! I also added mandarin oranges and some cilantro, and made more dressing.

By: Maegan
Posted: Jun 22, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was my first CookSmarts meal. It was a hit with my picky 13 year old. I think i may add mandarin oranges next time but otherwise great as written!

By: Alicia
Posted: Jun 13, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I actually took this to a potluck and it was a huge hit!

By: Kirsten
Posted: May 25, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

For a lighter meal, this was great. Made the 4 person version and fed 3 of us - wouldn't have been able to comfortably stretch it to 4 for a full meal. Doubled the avocado. Chicken was good, but I might grill it next time. Agree that dressing could be increased.

By: Christine
Posted: May 24, 2018
Diet: Original
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Doubled the dressing. Used green cabbage instead of Napa because it was what was available. Didn't love the ramen, could skip that next time - I toasted them on the stovetop, perhaps they would have been better in the over? Loved the avocado (but I love everything w/ avo), could have skipped the edamame since I had to shell those which took the most prep time. Adding red peppers or mandarins is a nice idea for next time.

By: Christine
Posted: May 24, 2018
Diet: Original
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I accidentally bought toasted sesame dressing, not toasted sesame oil and.... easiest decision! Also added bell peppers, cilantro & mandarin oranges. Really tasty overall.

By: Julie
Posted: May 22, 2018
Diet: Original
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