Mandarin Orange Chicken: This salad is very refreshing, crispy, crunchy, sweet, and savory. I love this salad so much but my favorite part is the iceberg lettuce. I just can’t resist the sweet crunch of iceberg lettuce!
This version of Crunchy Mandarin Orange-Chicken Salad uses a block of broken-up ramen. I used the Instant ramen packets. The broken, wavy, crunchy noodles act as croutons.
I love how I can easily put this salad together. Some of the ingredients can also be swapped. If you want to use cashews or roasted peanuts instead of almonds, you can! As for the chicken, leftover rotisserie chicken is a wonderful option.
Whenever I make this Mandarin Orange-Chicken, I always opt to use fresh mandarin oranges. The fresh ones add the perfect pop of brightness to the salad! But if not possible, you can simply use jarred mandarin oranges.
Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad
This salad only requires a few simple ingredients to put together. Simple ingredients that you easily can get your hands on.
What You Need To Make This Mandarin Orange Chicken:
- Shredded chicken
- Romaine or iceberg lettuce
- Red cabbage
- Green onions
- Jarred mandarin oranges, drained
- Instant ramen packet
- Vegetable oil
- Rice wine vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Sesame oil
- Hoisin sauce
To make this recipe gluten-free (you should use these ingredients instead):
- Use gluten-free instant ramen. Lutos foods make a lot of certified gluten-free ramen noodles.
- Gluten-free Hoisin sauce like Wok Mei.
- Use tamari soy sauce instead or gluten-free soy sauce made with rice.
Steps To Make Mandarin Orange-Chicken
Step 1: To make the salad. Toss the lettuce, red cabbage, chicken, mandarin oranges, crushed ramen noodles, carrots, green onions, and sliced almonds in a large bowl.
Mandarin oranges, crushed ramen noodles, carrots, green onions, and sliced almonds:
Step 2: For the dressing, combine the vinegar, honey, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic in a small bowl. Gradually drizzle with vegetable oil, stirring until emulsified.
Step 3: Over the salad, add the dressing just before serving and toss to mix.
This salad is amazing to bring to potlucks, picnics, or serve at any time! This has the perfect combination of flavors and textures that are to die for! And the dressing is super addictive!
Frequently Asked Questions
What to pair this Mandarin Orange-Chicken?
I love pairing this salad with chicken or meatballs.
Is this recipe adaptable?
Yes! This recipe is super versatile. Feel free to add anything to this already delicious salad.
A Refreshingly Light Crunchy Mandarin Orange-Chicken
Flavorful, healthy, and delicious! This Mandarin Orange-Chicken is refreshingly light and crunchy. This has the best combination of flavors and textures that everyone will be raving about!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: Main Dish
- Cuisine: American
FOR THE SALAD:
2 cups shredded chicken
3 cups finely chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce
1/2 cup shredded carrot
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup jarred mandarin oranges, drained
1 instant ramen packet, crushed (flavor packet discarded)
FOR THE DRESSING:
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, red cabbage, chicken, mandarin oranges, crushed ramen noodles, carrots, green onions, and sliced almonds to make the salad.
Combine the vinegar, honey, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic in a small bowl to make the dressing and whisk to combine. Drizzle in the vegetable oil while continuously whisking until emulsified.
Just before serving, pour the dressing over the salad and toss to incorporate.
How To Make it Gluten free
Use gluten-free instant ramen.
Chose gluten-free Hoisin sauce like Wok Mei.
Use gluten-free soy sauce made with rice or tamari soy sauce.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 146
- Sugar: 8.5 g
- Sodium: 156 mg
- Fat: 11 g
- Carbohydrates: 12.1 g
- Protein: 2.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0.1 mg
Keywords: Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad
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