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!

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What is your favorite type of chicken salad?

4 thoughts on “Thai Chicken Salad”

  • 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!

  • 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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