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Healthy Asian Chicken Chopped Salad

    A healthy version of the restaurant classic, this crunchy, flavor-packed Chinese chicken chopped salad is filled with veggies and tender chicken tossed in a creamy, peanut dressing.

    Healthy Asian Chicken Chopped Salad

    Whenever I see a Chinese chicken salad on a restaurant menu, I always order it! How can I resist the salty, sweet, crunchy, savory goodness?!

    Liz Making Chinese Chicken Salad

    Like any restaurant dish, making it at home is always the best way to slash calories and control the quality of ingredients. By making a few simple swaps, I’m able to turn this into a healthy, guilt-free dish I can enjoy on the regular.

    Liz Tossing Chicken Salad


    To start, I add TONS of crunchy veggies that fill me up with few calories including red and green cabbage, red bell peppers, scallions and shredded carrots.

    Healthy Chinese Chopped Chicken Salad Recipe

    For added protein and healthy fats, I add in shredded chicken breasts and chopped peanuts. This is a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken but you can use any leftover meat you have on hand such as pork tenderloin or steak.

    Healthy Chinese Chopped Salad with Chicken and Peanut Dressing

    For the creamy peanut dressing I use natural peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce and fresh garlic. Chili paste such as Sambal Oelek gives the dish a nice kick of heat which you can dial up or down to taste.

    Healthy Chinese Chop Chicken Salad Recipe

    While most restaurants add sugar to the dish, I skip it to save empty calories. Want to make it a bit sweeter? Whisk in a little brown sugar to the peanut dressing.

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    Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

    Healthy Asian Chicken Chopped Salad

    4.60 stars average
    This crunchy, flavor-packed Chinese chicken chopped salad is filled with veggies and tender chicken then tossed in a creamy, peanut dressing.
    PREP: 15 mins
    TOTAL: 15 mins
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    Servings: 4

    Ingredients
     

    • 4 cups shredded cabbage (red or green)
    • 1 red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
    • 1 cup shredded carrots
    • 12 ounces shredded cooked chicken breast (such as rotisserie)
    • ½ cup scallions (minced)
    • ½ cup cilantro (minced)
    • ½ cup roasted peanuts (minced)

    Creamy Peanut Dressing

    • 3 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1 tablespoons Nakano Natural Rice Vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon chili paste (optional)
    • 1 clove garlic (minced)
    • warm water to thin (optional)

    Instructions
     

    • Add all of the salad ingredients to a large bowl (cabbage through roasted peanuts); set aside.
    • In a small bowl, whisk together dressing (peanut butter through garlic) until smooth. Add a bit of warm water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin if you prefer a thinner consistency. Note: you may need to add additional salt to taste. 
    • Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss well. Check for seasoning before serving and adjust accordingly.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 2cupsCalories: 396kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 34gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1552mgPotassium: 813mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 6640IUVitamin C: 70.9mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 2.1mg

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    16 Comments

    1. Hubby LOVED the dressing (definitely used the chili paste … we love spice)! We had it over lettuce since I’m not crazy about raw cabbage and used your Asian Citrus Chicken. Gotta try more of your entree salads, I think!

    2. Looks so good! I’ve been looking for some new healthy recipes to make since being diagnosed with arthritis and this looks perfect!

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