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Chinese Chicken Salad

Are you looking for a quick meal to make?
Or how about a fun dish to bring to your New Year’s party tonight?
(Hurry……you still have time to run to the store.)


This is seriously scrumptious.
Oh, and fast, easy, and a definite crowd pleaser.



My sister gave me this recipe years ago. And I could eat it every week. It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures and is so light and fresh. Love all of that together.




Chinese Chicken Salad

Serves 3-4


1 chicken breast (grilled and chopped)
1/2 head of lettuce
2 stalks of celery
1 stalk of green onion
2 8 oz. cans of mandarin oranges
1 8 oz. can of water chestnuts
4 oz. of slivered or sliced almonds
1/2 cup of sugar


1 cup of canola oil
2/3 cup rice vinegar
2 T soy sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar


Heat almonds and sugar at medium heat in a small pan. Stir continuously until the sugar has heated through and coated the almonds with a nice caramelized coating. (Don’t worry if the sugar gets all clumpy and seems to not be working. Just keep stirring… will melt.) Then spread over foil and let cool completely. Chop up all of the remaining salad ingredients and mix together in bowl. In a cruet, mix in all the ingredients for the dressing. Shake until completely blended. The dressing isn’t soluble so you’ll have to shake again right before pouring over your salad.


One last note: The dressing made is a bit too much for the amount of salad. So I always pour the dressing over individual portions of salad. But if you’d like to pre-mix your salad if you’re headed to a pot luck, make sure to watch how much you’re using in the salad. Sample it before serving.






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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Nishant says:

    Thanks for all of your posts.

    Work from home India

  2. nap time journal says:

    So Ashley, I tried this last night for dinner and my husband and I LOVED IT!!!!!!! THanks so much for sharing it. We love having something new and fresh to eat and even my 2 yr old liked it :) Smiles!

  3. Jenni S says:

    We tried this recipe the other night and LOVED it! My husband said you could serve this salad to the President. Hahaha, that's a good thing huh?! Thanks for sharing. We'll be using this one again for sure!

  4. Shelle says:

    Looks delish! Great for summer. I make one and curry the chicken, mandarines, bean sprouts. Juice of the mandarines go in the dressing.

  5. says:

    That looks delicious.

    A friend sent me a link to your site today and I must say I love it. You have so many wonderful projects and ideas. Keep it up.

  6. mayasmom23 says:

    We are having a gift exchange Jan. 8 and I will trying this recipe out. It looks awesome. Thanks.

  7. Shaq says:

    Hi Ashley, you don't know me but I found your blog and love it! I love all your projects that you have posted and can't wait to try some! I just started a crafty blog and was wondering if you wouldn't mind me putting a link to your blog on mine. Also, I'll probably post some of the projects I make from your tutorials, but I will give you all the credit–is that ok? Let me know–

  8. HomeMadeOriginals says:

    I am definitely going to try this recipe…thanks!

  9. Domestica says:

    Ohh sounds so delicious!

    Thanks for all of your posts. It has been so fun to get my creative side moving again after trying out some of your projects.

  10. Angela says:

    omg looks so delicious!

  11. Molly says:

    I made this for dinner last night and it was a winner! yay! Thanks for posting it! I will be making it again!

  12. wilderness says:

    i have been reading your blog for over a month now and i love your craft. Hope you dont mind i added a link on my blog to yours.

  13. Debbie says:

    This salad looks really good! I am going to have to try it.

  14. Jeff and Elle says:

    Ash!!! :) So glad you made it to GA safely! That chinese chicken salad sounds yummy and I was actually wanting to make chicken salad last night but didn't have a good recipe!! Love you lots and I officially consider you a celebrity now because of your amazing creative make it and love it blog!! Love you! :)

  15. Ashley says:

    Yes, I used Romaine with it…my favorite. And I agree, very good and very addicting.

    Oh Martha, I have actually heard that story every time we have driven to Jackson. Crossing the border into WY always triggered that memory for him. How funny that that's YOU!! Steve died laughing when I told him your name and who you were. Yes, a very small world. I'm glad you guys finally made it home after crazy Steve drove you to who knows where. Don't worry, he still takes crazy turns on the road…..heading for nowhere. Grrrr…. :)

    Take care!!

  16. Tristie hearts Dax says:

    i have been looking for a good recipe for this salad. thank you. and my stomach is also growling now.

  17. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    That looks sooo YUMMY!! I'm so trying this!

  18. The Blakes says:

    A small world moment. Please tell Steve Hi for me. We had a great adventure to Farsum WY. Love your blog by the way! thanks- Martha

  19. MamaD says:

    Do you use Romaine lettuce?

  20. Metallo Bianco Jewelry says:

    YUM! {stomach growls}…looks great!

  21. Emilee says:

    That is so funny that you posted about the salad because we had one last night. I fry won tons in oil and crunch those on top. The dressing has a few different ingredients but I agree, it is delicious. Looking forward to the leftovers tonight.

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  23. Misty says:

    Ashley, I see you just moved to GA. I live here in ATL. Just wondering if you were close?

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