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Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad

I love their crunchy, citrusy salad so much that once I made my husband drive an hour to the nearest Applebee's restaurant just so I could eat it! It was time to come up with my own version. I'm completely happy with the results—and my husband is, too! Find more of my recipes at my blog, —Mandy Bird, Holbrook, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 frozen breaded chicken tenders (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 package (10 ounces) hearts of romaine salad mix
  • 1 package (14 ounces) coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup crispy chow mein noodles
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  • Cook chicken tenders according to package directions. Meanwhile, whisk together mayonnaise, honey, vinegar, mustard and sesame oil.
  • To serve, place romaine and coleslaw mixes in a large bowl; toss with dressing. Divide among four plates. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces; place over salads. Sprinkle with noodles and almonds.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 419 calories, 25g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 602mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 7g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Jody
    Oct 18, 2020

    My whole family loves this salad. I can never find the noodles in the store, but other than that I make the rest exactly as recipe says. Love it!!!!

  • sjrh51
    Aug 17, 2020

    Reminded us very much of SaladWorks Asian salad.... added mandarin oranges to finish the taste profile a bit. Very easy on a hot night!

  • tattoogirl315
    Jul 13, 2020

    I swear the Applebee's Dallas had Mandarin oranges in it, so I added those, and since water chestnuts because I love them. This is one of my very favorite salads, the whole family loves it. Not to mention, you can't get any easier on a weeknight. Winner all around.

  • Corwin44
    Jun 27, 2020

    This salad is fabulous. I doubled the dressing and added chopped green onion to the salad. Also, I didn’t have rice vinegar but the cider vinegar I used worked well. It did taste just like the Applebee’s salad which is the only entree I order when I go to Applebee’s. Thanks for sharing!

  • conservativegranny
    Oct 25, 2019

    Was anxious to try this because this salad is one of my faves at Applebees. I picked up chicken strips already cooked from a local fast food place. I only made two salads and could have used a bit more dressing. This was really good and tasted just like the Applebees salad. Will be making this often.

  • ms11145
    Sep 29, 2018

    Both husband and daughter loved this. I did add some chopped onion for taste. Will definitely be making this again and again.

  • hendia1
    Jul 27, 2017

    This salad was absolutely delicious. I am a big fan of the one at Applebee's so I decided to make this one and it is just like the one at Applebee's. I served it to my husband who is not the biggest fan of salads and he loved it and said I should serve it to company. Now that's a testimony!