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Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing is a quick and easy lunch or light dinner to make when are short on time and ideas. 

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I am a huge fan of making a meal out of salad but it has to have meat to be considered the main dish around here. I love making this Simple Grilled Chicken Salad with citrus dressing and when I’m craving Tex-Mex, Chicken Fajita Salad hits the spot. 

Oval patter of mandarin orange chicken salad

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad ~ Quick and Easy Dinner

I used to love getting mandarin chicken salad in restaurants and I finally got around to making it at home. A nice bed of lettuce topped with mandarin oranges, grilled chicken, green onions, and crunchy almonds with a quick sesame dressing.

Ingredients Needed:

ingredients for mandarin orange chicken salad

  • Leaf Lettuce ~ We used green leaf lettuce, spring mix or spinach work great too.
  • Mandarin Oranges ~ Use canned (you know you have a can that needs to be used in the pantry) or fresh cuties when they are in season.
  • Smoked Chicken ~ We love to brine and smoke a whole chicken or two over the weekend and the leftovers are perfect for this salad. Of course any cooked chicken or a rotisserie chicken will work here.
  • Carrot ~ Julienne cut adds the perfect crunch to the salad.
  • Chow Mein Noodles ~ Optional garnish, we love the extra crunch.
  • Toasted Sliced Almonds ~ My favorite addition to any salad. 

For Sesame Dressing:

  • Lite Soy Sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Brown Sugar
  • Ground Ginger
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Mandarin orange chicken salad on a plate

How to Make Mandarin Chicken Salad:

bowl with a whisk with Sesame Dressing

  • Whisk the sesame dressing together in a bowl. 

oval platter of lettuce

  • In a serving bowl or on a platter, tear the lettuce into bite size pieces.

platter of orange salad with carrots

  • Top with carrots and oranges. 

platter with Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

  • Add chicken and green onions. Top with almonds and chow mein noodles.

pouring dressing over platter of salad

  • Serve with dressing. 

plate of salad with oranges and chicken

How to Store:

If you are planning to have leftover salad, don’t add the chow mein noodles or dressing. Store salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator 1- 2 days. Keep dressing in a separate covered container, stir before using. 

More Easy Salads to Try:

BBQ Chicken Salad is always a great meal idea. Made with bbq chicken tenders, it’s one of my favorite meal prep recipes.

Taco Salad is a weeknight favorite. Crispy taco bowls filled with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and seasoned ground beef topped off with a salsa ranch dressing.

Greek Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing has all of the classic flavors plus including feta cheese and a delicious homemade dressing. 

Balsamic Bacon and Pecan Pecan Salad is hearty and delicious with fresh nectarines and grapes for a simple and delicious meal.

Salmon Avocado Salad is perfect for leftover grilled salmon and has tons of delicious flavors.

plate of salad with oranges and chicken

This Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad is great for a quick lunch or light dinner, especially as the temperatures warm up and it’s too hot to cook. We loved it so much that we’ve made it twice this week!

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Yield: 4 servings

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing is a quick and easy lunch or light dinner to make when are short on time and ideas. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Sesame Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

For the Salad:

Instructions

  1. Mix the dressing ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk. Set aside.
  2. Layer lettuce, oranges, chicken, carrots, onions and almonds in a serving bowl on on a platter.
  3. Serve with dressing and garnish with chow mein noodles.

Notes

Store undressed salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator 1-2 days. Store dressing in another airtight container and refrigerate, stir before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 481Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 660mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 33g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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