Chinese Grilled Chicken Salad

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Who cares? It's so low-calorie, I never feel bad about eating the whole thing. Easy
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Ingredients (5)

  • 1 bag shredded iceburg lettuce
  • Cilantro, to taste
  • Crispy fried noodles
  • Shredded or cubed roast chicken
  • Sesame seeds, to taste

Summary

This is my at-home take on CPK’s Chinese Chicken Salad. I prefer it without dressing (which sounds nuts, but it has SO much flavor and isn’t dry at all), but if you absolutely MUST put something on it, you can find a jar of plum sauce at any grocery store, and it’s quite similar to the dressing CPK uses. The ingredients listed are, in my experience, the ones that yield the best results, but I’ll include a couple notes on them since some of them are difficult to consistently come by:

1. If you can’t find a bag of shredded iceburg lettuce in your salad section, you can probably find a bagged asian salad mix. Feel free to try different types of greens, but I find I get the best results with simple iceburg since it’s more watery and less dry than other leaves (particularly since I skip the dressing).

2. If you don’t have an asian market available where you can find crispy fried noodles, a bagged asian salad mix typically comes with a little package of fried wontons, which is a great substitution. At the very least, you can always try the crispy noodles that La Choy sells in a little can, but I would recommend them only as a last resort since they don’t have as much flavor and tend to taste a bit stale.

3. You will have to buy a bundle of cilantro. It looks like a lot, but I just keep it in the bag I bring it home in, and it stays good for a couple weeks.

4. If you want to make your own chicken at home, more power to you. I try to keep this quick and easy since I don’t have much free time, so I like to buy a rotisserie chicken, cut all the meat off when I get it home, use some for the salad, and put the rest aside for sandwiches or other easy dishes. If you don’t want to commit to a whole rotisserie chicken, several companies make cubed, already-cooked chicken that you can find in the packaged meats section of the grocery store.

Instructions

  1. 1Empty bag of iceburg into a large bowl.
  2. 2Break off as many pieces of cilantro as you want and place in bowl with iceburg.
  3. 3Take a medium-sized handful of fried noodles and add to bowl (if you want the flavor minus a lot of the calories, I recommend using less but breaking them all up into smaller pieces so they mix in easier with the rest of the ingredients)
  4. 4Add chicken, sprinkle sesame seeds over the salad, and toss well.
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