Copycat Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe

This Copycat Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad recipe is sure to be a hit with everyone in your family. It is loaded with crunchy chicken, fresh veggies, and a delicious Asian-inspired dressing that brings it all together. The flavors of the dressing are sweet and tangy, making this salad a perfect combination of sweet and savory.

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This salad is also a great way to get more veggies in your diet, as it contains lots of fresh and crunchy vegetables like bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and cabbage. The best part is that you can customize this salad with whatever ingredients you have on hand.

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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This healthy and flavorful Oriental Chicken Salad takes just minutes to put together and will surely be a hit with everyone in the family.
  • It is packed with crunchy chicken, fresh veggies, and an Asian-inspired dressing that brings it all together.
  • It’s a refreshing meal to enjoy on a hot summer day.

🛒Ingredients

While this ingredient list may seem a little long, most of these ingredients are simple ingredients that you may already have on hand. This means that you might not even need to make a trip to the grocery store.

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Garlic Salt
  • Seasoned Pepper
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Green Cabbage
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Green Onions
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Chow Mein Noodles

DRESSING

  • Miracle Whip
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Oil
  • Honey

See the recipe card below for quantities.

🔪 How to Make This Copycat Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe

Making this Asian-inspired salad is so simple. Just follow the directions below or in the recipe card at the bottom of the post, and you will have a simple meal in no time at all.

chicken tenderloins being coated in an egg wash in a small glass bowl

Step 1: Make the dredge for the chicken tenderloins

In a medium bowl, add the Flour and Baking Soda, and stir well to blend. In another bowl, add the Egg, and Milk, and whisk together until completely blended.

Step 2: Heat the oil to fry the chicken  

Turn on a Deep Fryer (I used the Fry Daddy – Grand-Daddy Deep Fryer) and heat the Oil, according to the Deep Fryer directions. 

Step 3: Dredge the chicken

Sprinkle the Chicken with Garlic Salt and Seasoned Pepper, and dredge the Chicken in Flour, then dip in Egg mixture, and back in Flour.  

Step 4: Fry the chicken tenderloins

When Oil is heated, drop Chicken a few strips at a time, and Fry for 10 to 12 minutes, or until Golden Brown, and completely cooked.  Repeat until all Chicken is fried. Remove from Fryer to paper towels to drain.

Step 5: Chop and wash the vegetables

Chop the Green Cabbage, the Purple Cabbage, and the Romaine Lettuce, and rinse/wash at least 2 times in a large bowl, drain in a colander, or place in the Salad Spinner, and spin several times to drain water from Lettuce/Cabbage. Peel the Carrots, and Shred them on a grater. Clean the Green Onions, and slice them into thin slices. Place all chopped/sliced Vegetables in the Refrigerator. 

Step 6: Make the dressing

In a cruet, or dressing bottle, add the Miracle Whip, Rice Wine Vinegar, Oil, and Honey, and shake well to blend. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

lettuce, and carrots being added to a large salad bowl

Step 7: Assemble the salad

When ready to serve the Salads, place the Fried Chicken on a cutting board, and slice it into bite-size pieces. In a large Salad bowl, place the Lettuce, Green Cabbage, and Purple Cabbage, Carrots, Sliced Almonds, and toss them all together to mix.

dressing being poured over a white bowl filled with salad

Step 8: Dress the salad and serve

Drizzle the dressing over the Salad, and toss to blend. And top with Chow Mein Noodles, Sliced Green Onions, and several slices of Fried Chicken. Add more dressing to your bowls if desired.

📝Variations

Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Fruits: Add some mandarin oranges or pineapple to the salad for a sweet and tangy flavor.
  • Wonton Strips: Swap out the chow mein noodles for wonton strips for a crunchier texture.
  • Chicken: Use shredded chicken instead of fried chicken for a healthier version.

If you love easy chicken recipes that are perfect for summer then next time give this Rotisserie Chicken Wraps recipe a try.

🥄 Equipment

You only need a handful of kitchen tools to help you make this delicious recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this restaurant favorite at home.

  • mixing bowl
  • deep fryer
  • cruet or bowl
  • salad bowl
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🥫 Storage

Once you dress this salad you will need to enjoy it right away. Any leftover salad that is coated in dressing should not be stored as the dressing will break down the lettuce and cabbage.

The dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container.

If you have leftover fried chicken it can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat on a baking sheet in a 350°F preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until heated through.

💭 Tips

Here are a few tips to ensure that this recipe turns out perfectly for you every time that you make it.

  • If you don’t have a cruet you could use a mason jar instead.
  • Don’t have a deep fryer? You can use a large pot to fry the chicken instead.
  • You could save time, and use breaded chicken tenders that you heat in the oven or air fryer instead if you prefer.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is Oriental dressing made of?

Oriental dressing is a combination of mayonnaise, rice vinegar, oil, honey, and other seasonings.

Can I use a different type of lettuce?

Yes, you can definitely swap out the romaine for another variety such as iceberg or spinach.

Do I have to fry the chicken?

No, if you do not want to fry the chicken you can bake it in the oven or air fryer instead. Just spray the breaded chicken well with nonstick cooking spray or oil so that the flour browns nicely.

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Copycat Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe

This Copycat Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe is a delicious way to make this restaurant favorite at home. It's so much cheaper!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 1343kcal

Equipment

  • mixing bowls
  • deep fryer or large pot of oil
  • knife and cutting board
  • large salad bowl
  • cruet or dressing bottle

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Chicken Tenders
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • Garlic Salt
  • Seasoned Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 heads of Romaine Lettuce
  • 1/2 small head of Green Cabbage
  • 1/2 small head of Purple Cabbage
  • 2 Carrots – shredded
  • 2 Green Onions – cleaned and sliced
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1 cup Chow Mein Noodles

Dressing

  • 1 cup Miracle Whip – Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey plus a little more if you prefer the dressing sweeter

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, add the Flour and Baking Soda, and stir well to blend. In another bowl, add the Egg,and Milk, and whisk together until completely blended.
  • Turn on a Deep Fryer and heat the Oil, according to Deep Fryer directions.
  • Sprinkle the Chicken with Garlic Salt and Seasoned Pepper, and dredge Chicken in Flour, then dip in Egg mixture, and back in Flour.
  • When Oil is heated, drop Chicken a few strips at a time, and Fry for 10 to 12 minutes, or until Golden Brown, and completely cooked.
  • Repeat until all Chicken is fried. Remove from Fryer, to paper towels to drain.
  • Chop the Green Cabbage, the Purple Cabbage, and the Romaine Lettuce, and rinse/wash at least 2 times in a large bowl, and drain in a colander, or place in the Salad Spinner, and spin several times to drain water from Lettuce/Cabbage.
  • Peel the Carrots, and Shred on a grater.
  • Clean the Green Onions, and slice into thin slices. Place all chopped/sliced Vegetables in the Refrigerator.
  • In a cruet, or dressing bottle, add the Miracle Whip, Rice Wine Vinegar, Oil, and Honey, and shake well to blend.
  • Place in the Refrigerator, When ready to serve the Salads, place the Fried Chicken on a cutting board, and slice into bite size pieces.
  • In a large Salad bowl, place the Lettuce, Green Cabbage, and Purple Cabbage, Carrots, Sliced Almonds, and toss altogether to mix.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the Salad, and toss to blend.
  • Place Salad on dinner plates, and top with Chow Mein Noodles, Sliced Green Onions, and several slices of Fried Chicken. Serve, and Enjoy!

Notes

Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 1343kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 73g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 30g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 16456mg | Potassium: 1716mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 7923IU | Vitamin C: 108mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 8mg

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