Monday, March 8, 2010

What's for dinner? Applebee's oriental chicken salad

Photo from Applebee's website

UPDATE: It was FANTASTIC! Everyone loved it (as usual) and my husband declared make this more than once per week. The chicken crispers made this dish for me, but broiled salmon or roasted chicken would also work well.

Yummy!  The secret to this dish is the dressing. Make sure you don't skimp on the ingredients.  I'll be adding some Tyson crispy chicken strips I got a great deal on at Jewel, plus some hard boiled eggs (the kids love those--I'll just eat the whites because my cholesterol is like 252--hereditary!)

Serves 4-6

15 wonton skins, cut into strips (or if you don’t want to fry: 1 cup fried crispy chow mein noodles)
oil for frying
1 head lettuce, leaves shredded or torn
2 cooked chicken breasts, meat shredded with your fingers
1 cucumber, sliced
handful snow peas, sliced on diagonal
11 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained

For the dressing a la Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Dressing
Makes 1 cup (use half for the salad and store the rest in refrigerator)
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

To make the salad dressing, whisk together the honey, mayonnaise, mustard until very smooth. Then whisk in the oil and vinegar.

To fry the wonton skin strips, heat 1 inch of oil until 375F. If you don’t have a thermometer, just slide one wonton strip into the oil - it should sizzle immediately and turn light golden brown in about 30 seconds. Fry the wonton strips in several batches and drain on a rack or layers of paper towels. Each batch should take about 30 seconds to 1 minute to fry.

Assemble Chinese Chicken Salad with lettuce, chicken, cucumber, snow peas, mandarin oranges. Drizzle on salad dressing and sprinkle with wonton strips.


Anonymous said...

It really is good. Thanks honey! --the husband.

Anne said...

I am sending this to Teresa. It looks like something she'd make (and we'd like)


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