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Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

If you're in search of a salad that's not only nutritious but also bursting with flavor, look no further than our Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing. This recipe takes the classic chicken salad to a whole new level by infusing it with the exotic tastes of Asia. Imagine the crunch of fresh vegetables, the succulence of marinated chicken, and the creamy allure of a peanut dressing, all harmonizing perfectly on your plate. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, this recipe is designed to impress, and it's surprisingly easy to make. So, let's dive into the world of Asian cuisine and create a salad that will delight your senses.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings


For the Salad:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens (e.g., iceberg lettuce, romaine, and spinach)
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds, toasted

For the Peanut Dressing::

  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp water (adjust for desired consistency)


  • Begin by marinating the chicken breasts. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, grated ginger, minced garlic, and honey. Place the chicken breasts in a zip-top bag and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag, ensuring the chicken is coated, and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
  • While the chicken is marinating, prepare the peanut dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, garlic, and ginger. Add water gradually until you achieve your preferred dressing consistency. Set aside.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the marinated chicken breasts for about 6-7 minutes per side or until they are cooked through and have beautiful grill marks. Remove from heat and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing them into thin strips.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots, red bell pepper, cucumber, and cilantro. Toss gently to mix the ingredients.
  • To assemble the salad, arrange the sliced chicken on top of the salad mixture. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, green onions, and toasted sesame seeds.
  • Drizzle the peanut dressing generously over the salad or serve it on the side.


Cooking Tips for the Best Results:

  1. Perfectly Grilled Chicken: Ensure your grill is preheated to avoid sticking, and grill the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  2. Toasting Sesame Seeds: To intensify their flavor, toast sesame seeds in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until they turn golden brown.
  3. Customize the Veggies: Feel free to add or substitute vegetables according to your preferences. Bell peppers, snap peas, or bean sprouts make great additions.
  4. Adjust Dressing Consistency: Add more or less water to the peanut dressing to achieve your desired thickness. It should be smooth and pourable.
  5. Make It Ahead: Prepare the dressing and marinate the chicken ahead of time for a quick assembly when it’s time to serve.

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FAQs about Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Can I use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts?

Yes, boneless chicken thighs work wonderfully in this recipe, offering a slightly richer flavor.

Is there a substitute for peanut butter in the dressing?

If you have peanut allergies, you can use almond butter or sunflower seed butter as alternatives.

Can I prepare the salad in advance?

While the salad is best served fresh, you can prepare all the components separately and assemble it just before serving to maintain freshness and crunch.

How can I make this salad spicier?

Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or sriracha sauce to the peanut dressing for a spicy kick.

What’s the best way to store leftover dressing?

Store any extra dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You may need to whisk in a little water before using it again to reach the desired consistency.

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