Dinner Shortcuts: Asian chicken salad

Brandy O'Neill

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This salad is perfect for dinner or lunch. Just use grilled chicken from the deli and you can be done in under 10 minutes.

asian chicken salad

Did you know you can buy grilled chicken from the grocery store deli? It wasn't until last week that I even knew this was possible. As I stood staring at the deli case I saw they offered up whole freshly grilled chicken breasts. Sign me up. They are the perfect shortcut to my workday lunches and quick dinnertime rush. This salad uses store-bought grilled chicken breasts, lots of fresh baby spinach, mandarin oranges and a quick sesame seed dressing. You're going to love it.

Asian chicken salad

Yields 2 servings


  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 2/3 cup mandarin oranges
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chow mein noodles
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In 2 large bowls, add equal amounts baby spinach, oranges, chicken and chow mein noodles.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together sesame oil, honey, rice vinegar, sesame seeds orange juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle over salad and toss to combine.

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Brandy O'Neill
Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New York. Her food is influenced by her small town roots as well as her many travels around the world.