How To Make An Amazing Chinese Chicken Salad

World's Best Chinese Chicken Salad? 
Photo: LA Times
I have a a love-hate relationship with Chinese Chicken Salad. When it's done right, it's incredible: You can't beat refreshing, crisp iceberg lettuce, juicy slices of chicken breast, the subtle crunch of delicately fried rice noodles, crushed bit of peanuts, and a hint of umami from an equally-balanced soy and ginger dressing. It's savory and satisfying, especially on a hot day with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. However, Chinese Chicken Salad gone wrong is unbearable. Suffice to say sickly-sweet dressing and limp lettuce leaves do not a fabulous salad make.

Chi Dynasty in Studio City might make the world's best Chinese Chicken Salad, meeting all of the aforementioned requirements and better yet, ready from start-to-finish in under an hour. They recently shared their recipe with the LA Times and I've included it below for your salad-eating pleasure. Enjoy!

  • 8 cups chopped iceberg lettuce

  • 3 cups crispy rice noodles

  • 1 pound boiled chicken breast, cut into strips

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped peanuts, more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons minced preserved ginger, more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon roasted black sesame seeds, more to taste

  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions, more to taste

  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, more to taste


  • 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons sesame oil

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

Make the Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil and ginger. Taste and adjust seasoning and flavoring as desired. This makes a generous one-half cup of dressing.

 Set aside.

Assemble the Salad: In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, noodles, chicken, peanuts, ginger, sesame seeds, green onions and cilantro leaves. Add half the dressing, tossing to lightly coat. Taste, and toss in additional dressing as desired. Serve immediately.

1 comment:

  1. I love a good Chinese Chicken Salad! Pei Wei does one I like and this looks a lot like that one!

    Need this in my life!



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