Frugal Foodie Friday: Light & Cheap Chinese Chicken Salad
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or wheat-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed or minced
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar (unseasoned)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or wheat-free tamari
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or sweetener of choice (agave, honey, or maple syrup will also work nicely)
  • 1½ teaspoons sriracha or chili-garlic Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons peanut, olive, or grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 8 to 10 cups greens (In the salad pictured, I used 2 small romaine hearts and 3 cups of bagged coleslaw mix. Napa cabbage, purple cabbage, etc. would also work well)
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • Optional: thinly sliced cucumber, water chestnuts, mandarin orange, crispy chow mein noodles
  1. If the chicken breasts are thick, butterfly them. Place the chicken in a single layer in a glass baking dish. Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic, and drizzle over the chicken. If you have time, allow the chicken to marinade for at least 30 minutes or overnight. If not, pop them in the oven as soon as it preheats.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350ยบ. Bake the chicken for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it is cooked through. The juices should run clear, but be careful not to overcook the breasts, as they can easily dry out. Once done, slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients. (I usually combine everything but the oil, and then drizzle the oil in while whisking out of habit. It seems to work well).
  4. Combine all of the salad ingredients, except for the almonds, in a large bowl. Add the chicken, drizzle with the salad dressing, and toss to coat. Divvy up the salad amongst four plates, and sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon of the almonds.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at