Orient Express Chicken Salad Recipe
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Orient Express Chicken Salad Recipe

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This always-popular salad makes use of lots of convenience items, but it’s still healthy and nutritious. I created it one Mother’s Day and received rave reviews. It’s perfect for a fancy lunch and comes together in no time flat! –Sara Dziadosz, Olathe, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1 cup sesame ginger marinade
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted


  1. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag; add marinade. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk the vinaigrette, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger and red pepper flakes if desired. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, covered, over indirect medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the salad greens, noodles, onions, cheese, cranberries and sesame seeds. Divide among four plates. Top with oranges and almonds. Cut chicken into diagonal slices; arrange over each salad. Serve with dressing. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Orient Express Chicken Salad in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p37

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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tigpohlet User ID: 1005616 155802
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"good recipe but better after I made modifications, didn't have ginger sesame marinade so made my own marinade:

1/4 c low sodium soy sauce
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp sriracha sauce"

BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 68095
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"Had a very nice flavor, but I would not put in the parmesan cheese next time. I don't think the cheese went well with the flavors."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 133788
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"Excellent salad, a good crusty bread is all you need for a complete meal."

badgergirl User ID: 2400926 133784
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

"I didn't have balsamic vinaigrette, so I used half balsamic vinegar and half olive oil."

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