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Mandarin Chicken Salad

The crispy and fruity chicken salad is refreshing served for lunch, dinner or a potluck supper—either warm or cold. For an easy change of pace, I suggest using a bottled salad dressing.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced parsley
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 package (10 ounces) ready-to-serve salad or 4 cups torn lettuce
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds


  • In a skillet, combine chicken, water, vinegar, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon oil, soy sauce and bouillon. Cook and stir over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is tender and liquid has evaporated.
  • Meanwhile, for dressing, whisk mayonnaise, honey, lemon juice, parsley, mustard, onion and remaining oil until blended. Arrange salad greens on a platter. Top with oranges, chicken mixture and chow mein noodles. Sprinkle with green onion and almonds. Serve with dressing.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 573 calories, 34g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1020mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • airyberry
    Mar 21, 2018

    Delicious!!! I was craving a chicken salad with mandarin oranges and came across this recipe. We followed the easy directions added asparagus to our salad. The chicken was amazing as is the salad dressing, the best honey mustard dressing I've every had. I don't usually like honey mustard dressing but this one we will make again. This recipe is a keeper! I'm so happy we found it!!

  • kristyinwi
    Jan 10, 2014

    This is an excellent salad! My husband asks me to make this over and over which is unusual for a salad. I made it exactly as written except didn't add the parsley. Try it you will be surprised at how good it is!

  • angelasandoval
    Aug 20, 2012

    Finally found the perfect Mandarin Chicken Salad recipe! The whole family loved this! Cooking the chicken this way makes it amazing! And the dressing is fantastic!

  • RachelCK
    Jul 18, 2010

    My husband and I loved this! It's wonderful for the hot summer days that you don't want to heat up the house. It's fast to put together and so yummy!

  • pissed
    May 20, 2009

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  • mbdumee
    Oct 30, 2006

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