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Honey-Sesame Chicken Salad
edamame / cashews

Active: 25 min Total: 25 min

This Asian-inspired salad is loaded with protein from sweet and savory sesame chicken, edamame and crunchy cashews.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Honey-Sesame Chicken Salad:
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, chopped
  • Oranges, large - 2, segments
  • Green onions / scallions - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Sesame seeds, white - 1 Tbsp
  • Salad greens of choice - 5 oz
  • Edamame, shelled - 1 cup
  • Cashews, roasted / unsalted - 1/2 cup
Basic Asian Vinaigrette:
  • Garlic - 1 clove
  • Sugar, light brown (sub honey) - 1 tsp
  • Tamari - 1 Tbsp
  • Rice vinegar - 2 tsp
  • Toasted sesame oil - 1 tsp
  • Cooking oil - 1/4 cup
Honey-Sesame Marinade:
  • Tamari - 3 Tbsp
  • Honey - 3 Tbsp
  • Rice vinegar - 1 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Prep and marinate chicken - Slice chicken against the grain into 1/2" / 1.2 cm slices. Whisk together all ingredients listed under marinade. Pour over chicken and allow to marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Mince garlic. Whisk together garlic, sugar, tamari, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Slowly add oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead and refrigerated)
  3. Red peppers / Oranges / Green onions - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a saute pan or wok over medium heat. Add oil. When oil begins to shimmer, use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer chicken to the pan (be careful - the hot oil may sizzle a bit). Reserve marinade. Cook chicken without stirring until the bottom begins to brown, ~5 minutes. Use a spatula to flip chicken over and cook the other side. When chicken is nearly cooked through, add remaining marinade and sesame seeds and continue cooking until marinade thickens and coats chicken.
  2. If using frozen edamame, microwave according to instructions to defrost / warm up.
  3. Assemble salads by tossing salad greens with edamame, cashews, red peppers and oranges. Top with sesame chicken and green onions. Drizzle dressing over the top just before serving and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (114)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (17)
Vegetarian (17)

39 reviews

Didn't add edamame or cashews and it was still amazing. Felt like eating an expensive restaurant salad.

By: Jacob
Posted: Sep 02, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

absolutely delish!!! awesome flavor profile. have already made it again i loved it so much. Also, be patient and give the sauce a chance to thicken up, its so worth it

By: Kassandra
Posted: Aug 29, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Chicken tasted just like take out sesame chicken. Salads don't usually do it for me but I loved this one. Esp the edamame.

By: Joanna
Posted: Aug 23, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I didn't use oranges and used black sesame seeds but otherwise made as directed. Everyone in my family loved it.

By: jamie
Posted: Aug 14, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Chicken was really good! The dressing, not so much. Found it too oily and not much flavor.

By: Catherine
Posted: Aug 13, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

WOW, I couldn't get enough of this salad! Best one I've had in a very long time, and so filling, too!

By: Irena
Posted: Aug 12, 2015
Diet: Original
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