Thai Chicken Salad

Having a grilled chicken salad for lunch is a great way to sneak a lot of nutrients and flavor into an otherwise boring noon-hour.  This chicken salad is very easy to throw together, and tastes amazing.  What better way to save a little time and money by cooking this bad boy up on a Sunday and eating it all week long.  It looks harder to make than it is, so your coworkers will think you’re a culinary master.  They will be jealous of your tasty lunch!


1 chicken breast
1 red pepper
3 green onions
11 oz of mandarin oranges (1 small can)
6 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons simple syrup
5 tablespoons peanuts
3 oz Won-Ton Strips (optional)
2 heads romaine lettuce

5 servings, 367 calories, 22.3g fat, 25.1g carbohydrates, 17.2g protein, 279mg sodium.

1.  Season the chicken breast, and grill it in a medium size pan on the stove top, and set it aside to cool.  I used garlic salt and white pepper.

2.  Finely slice the red pepper and green onion and add to a bowl.  Open the can of mandarin oranges and reserve 3 tablespoons of the light syrup and set aside for the dressing.  Drain the mandarin oranges and add to the bowl.  Mix together and add to a Tupperware container.

3.  Slice the cooled chicken breast cross-wise and add to the pepper and orange mixture.

4.  Chop two heads of romaine lettuce and add to a gallon Ziploc bag.

5.  To make the dressing, add 6 tablespoons vinegar, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil, 3 tablespoons simple syrup to a jar, and shake.

6.  Roughly chop the peanuts for a garnish.

7.  To assemble:  Place 1/5 of the lettuce on a plate.  Next add 1/5 of  the chicken and vegetable mixture to the plate.  Pour about 1/5 of the dressing onto the salad. Add 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts and 1/2 oz crispy wonton strips as a garnish (optional).  Enjoy!

What is your favorite type of chicken salad?

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  1. says

    I’m going grocery shopping today and you’ve inspired me to try this recipe! Sounds great and I love the idea of making my own homemade dressing!

  2. Crystal says

    Thanks Tim! You may want to add two chicken breasts because you are pretty active. The dressing turned out really good, and it’s so easy to make!

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