Chopped Asian-Inspired Chicken Salad with ‘Peanut Dressing’

Chopped Asian-Inspired Chicken Salad

A chopped Asian-inspired chicken salad is one of those salads that everyone has had before and loved. I remember growing up, one of my best friend’s mom’s made this recipe for an Asian Chicken Salad that had dried ramen noodles (from the package) in it. As young kids who didn’t much care for salads, we loved this recipe. I found out later in life why when I asked her for the recipe… the dressing had a sh$#t ton of sugar in it. 

This recipe is nothing like the chopped chicken salad from my memory, to be honest. But it’s still *really yummy.* I love that the cabbage, carrots, and almonds give it a fabulous crunch while the mandarin oranges give it a touch of sweetness and zing. And the best part? The creamy ‘peanut dressing’ that will blow you away!

Chopped Asian-Inspired Chicken Salad

This dish is Whole30 compliant, but if you’re buying the canned mandarin oranges beware of added ingredients! A lot of brands sneak in sugar. I bought mine at Whole Foods and it was perfectly clean. You can also use a regular mandarin orange and squeeze the juice out of another if necessary.

This Chopped Asian-Inspired Chicken Salad is perfect for meal prep but I do recommend dressing the salad as you go to keep it alive and well throughout the week and prevent it from getting soggy! 

For more delicious salad recipes, check out my Satisfying Salads Round Up!

Want to save even more time on this recipe? Skip this dressing and use my SideDish Creamy Sesame Dressing!

Chopped Asian Chicken Salad with 'Peanut Dressing'

Serves: 2
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time15 minutes


For the Chopped Asian Chicken Salad:

  • 4 cups romaine, chopped about 1 large head of romaine
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup red cabbage, diced small
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
  • 10.7 oz mandarin oranges, canned and drained *Reserve 2 tbsp of the juice for the dressing
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 cup green onions, sliced thin on the diagonal about 4 green onions
  • 1/2 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp toasted white sesame seeds

For the 'Peanut Dressing':

  • 2 tbsp mandarin juice from the can *see notes if using fresh
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp creamy cashew butter or creamy nut butter of your choice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


For the Chopped Asian Chicken Salad:

  • In a large bowl, combine the romaine, carrots, red cabbage, slivered almonds, chicken, mandarins, cilantro,  green onions, black sesame seeds and white sesame seeds. Set aside.

For the 'Peanut Dressing':

  • In a food processor or blender, combine the mandarin juice, coconut aminos, fish sauce, cashew butter, garlic, rice vinegar, ginger powder, crushed red pepper flakes (if using) and toasted sesame oil. Blend until well-combined. 
  • Drizzle dressing over the salad and very gently toss to combine so that the mandarin oranges do not get smashed. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed to taste.


If you can't find canned mandarin oranges without junk added to it, you can use fresh. I would dissect 2 mandarin oranges and place the slices in the salad. Use a 3rd and juice 2 tbsp. of juice for the dressing.


  • Reply
    February 5, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Loved it! I had some avocados on hand and added them to my salad. Will repeat this recipe for my work lunches.

  • Reply
    April 6, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    5 stars
    This salad is so good! Such a flavorful dressing! Definitely joining the normal lunch prep rotation.

  • Reply
    March 22, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    5 stars
    To say that I am obsessed with this would be an putting it lightly. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

  • Reply
    Ashley Silver
    January 2, 2021 at 12:10 am

    How long will this dressing last in the fridge?

    • Reply
      January 2, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      I think it would last up to a month! there isn’t really anything in here that would expire quickly– it will thicken in the fridge so you might have to loosen up the dressing when you go to use it with a 1-2 tsp of warm water.

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