This Oriental Chicken Salad is the perfect copycat of the popular Applebee’s recipe. It’s my favorite salad on their menu and I love making it at home.
When my children were at home we always celebrated their birthday by going out to dinner (Yeah! No cooking for mom!) The birthday child got to select the restaurant. For years, it never failed, all four children would select Applebee’s for their birthday, I think it was because they got a balloon, a free dessert and they would sing to them.
There is one thing on the Applebee’s menu that I love and every time I have eaten at Applebee’s I have ordered it, every time. My family calls me boring but I figure, why mess with a good thing. Don’t you hate it when you go to a restaurant and instead of ordering the thing you know you love, you try something new and are disappointed!? Not me!
Well, I love their Oriental Chicken Salad and I ALWAYS order it. I was so excited when I discovered a copycat recipe for the salad, especially now that the kids aren’t at home and we aren’t going to Applebees for their birthdays! I can make it at home anytime I want and it doesn’t have to be someones birthday.
How to Make Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad
- At the restaurant, the salad is served with a sliced, breaded chicken breast on top. I have used the frozen, breaded chicken tenderloins from Costco. They taste just as good and it makes the salad super easy and fast to put together.
- I actually prefer to serve it with grilled chicken. I pound my chicken breast into an even thickness, coat it with some olive oil, salt and lemon juice and let it sit for an hour or so in the fridge. Then I grill it or bake it in the oven and then slice it up.
- You can buy toasted almonds or you can toast them in the microwave or oven too.
- At Applebee’s they also serve it with crispy chow mein noodles which I love, I just forgot to add them for the picture.
- I use a combination of romaine lettuce as well as green and red cabbage for some fun color. Grated carrot also adds some great color.
Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Dressing
- The dressing calls for rice wine vinegar but I have also used regular white vinegar or just white vinegar and don’t really notice a difference in the flavor.
- Don’t skip the sesame oil, it gives the dressing a great flavor.
Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe
Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad
- 6 Tbsp. honey
- 3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp. sesame oil
- 2 breaded chicken tenderloin or grilled chicken breast
- 2 cups green cabbage chopped
- 2 cups red cabbage chopped
- 6 cups romaine lettuce chopped
- 1 carrot shredded
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds or just throw a handful in like I do.
- 2/3 cup chow mein noodles
- Mix together!
Originally posted January 17, 2008
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