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Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad

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If you love a great salad, this Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad is a must try. First, we start with a tender bed of healthy greens. Then, we top it with savory, marinated chicken and loads of colorful-crisp veggies. For crunch and texture, we got a little crazy with the almonds and crispy wonton strips. What pulls it all together is the crave-worthy homemade ginger dressing.

Full of wow-flavor and crunch, this Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad is loaded with healthy veggies, marinated chicken and topped with homemage ginger dressing.


Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad

For this recipe, we used Mazola® Corn Oil in two ways. First, we used it in the savory marinade for the chicken. Then, we used it again to create our light and tangy Oriental-style ginger dressing. Why did we pick Mazola Corn Oil? It is a lighter swap in our kitchen to use instead of other oils. Did you know that a recent clinical study found that Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol TWO TIMES more than extra virgin olive oil?

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Plus you get to control how much oil, sugars, and sodium you use by creating your own marinade and dressing.

One of my favorite meals is sitting down in front of a big and delicious salad. Especially one that is full of my favorite things like this Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad.

I love Asian-inspired flavors. I adore sugar snap peas. I’m in a long-term relationship with fresh ginger. And I’m best friends with citrus. When you toss it together you get an amazing (and nutritioius) meal with so much flavor and texture.


We used Mazola Corn Oil in both the chicken marinade and the homemade ginger dressing in this recipe.


Another lighter swap? Instead of using breaded or fried chicken, we baked our chicken to cut back on calories. In this salad, there is so much flavor going on, and we didn’t want to weigh it down. Mazola Corn Oil has a neutral taste that lets the natural flavor of your food stand out.


tender, baked strips of Mandarin chicken


It only takes a few minutes to bake the chicken. Once it is done, set it to the side while you prepare the dressing and the salad. And what a salad.

Here’s a list of what’s in this Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad:

  • Marinated chicken
  • Mixed greens including romaine and butter lettuce varieties
  • Sweet Mandarin oranges
  • Red cabbage
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Chopped green onions
  • Crispy wonton strips
  • Slivered, roasted almonds

I love all of the crunchy ingredients in this salad. Plus you get the mixture of the slightly sweet oranges with the savory marinated chicken. The snap of the peas and the fresh green onions…I’m telling ya’, this is going to be your new favorite salad.


If you love this recipe, check these out:

Asian Sticky Chicken

Honey Citrus BBQ Chicken

Baked Lemon Rice

Thai Sticky Chicken Wings


Full of wow-flavor and crunch, this Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad is loaded with healthy veggies, marinated chicken and topped with homemage ginger dressing.


But what really makes this Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad special is the EASY homemade ginger dressing made with Corn Oil. This dressing is light but loaded with flavor and is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy and savory.

Along with using corn oil instead of olive oil, I also made this dressing better for you by using honey instead of granulated sugar.

My mouth is watering again just thinking about it. Yum!


Ingredients used in the Ginger Dressing for our Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad:

Get the complete amounts and instructions in the recipe at the bottom of this post.

  • Mazola Corn Oil
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Mandarin orange juice (reserved from the mandarin oranges)
  • Honey (just a little)
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Red pepper flakes


oil being poured into a jar of homemade dressing


The ginger dressing for this salad repeats several of the ingredients used in the marinade. The amounts listed in the recipe below will make 8 ounces of dressing. (I like to double it and keep it in my fridge for other salads and Asian-cravings. It will keep tightly sealed for about 3 weeks.)

To add to that yummy citrus flavor, we reserved some of the liquid from the mandarin oranges and added it to our dressing. This also allowed us to not use as much sweetener.


Homemade ginger dressing being poured over a chicken salad and fresh vegetables


This salad looks so indulgent, but with here’s what we did to lighten it up and you can, too:

  • Use corn oil in both the marinade and the dressing.
  • Opt for low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Make your own EASY marinade and dressing to control how much sugar, sodium and “stuff” is going in.
  • Bake your chicken instead of frying, and skip the breading.
  • Select Mandarin oranges that are in their own juice, NOT syrup.
  • Reduce the amount of honey needed by using the orange juice.

Pour the dressing over the top of your Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad and dig in!


Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad with fresh sugar snap peas, carrots, purple cabbage and marinated chicken.


This recipe will make either 4 LARGE dinner portions or 6 smaller salads. If you are serving family style, let everyone pour their own dressing right before serving so the salad does not wilt.

Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad is also great for lunch meal prep. Just store the wonton strips in a separate container so they don’t get soggy. (And again, add the dressing right before serving for best results.)


Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad with homemade ginger dressing made with Mazola Corn Oil


This salad is delish just like it is, but here are more ingredient ideas that would be perfect in this recipe: fresh bell pepper strips, mushrooms, chopped cilantro, and even sliced jalapeno for more heat.

Mazola Corn Oil is an all-purpose oil perfect for baking, marinades and dressings that is a smart heart-healthy choice for your family.


Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad


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5 from 3 votes

Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad

Full of healthy crunch and Oriental flavor, this Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad is loaded with tender, savory chicken, colorful vegetables and a delicious homemade ginger dressing.

Course Salad
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Chinese chicken salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating 1 hour
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 569 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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For the Mandarin Chicken

  • 3 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1/4 cup Mazola Corn Oil
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger finely grated
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon mandarin orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the Ginger Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Mazola Corn Oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mandarin orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ginger finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the Salad

  • 12 cups mixed greens romaine, butter lettuce
  • 2 cups mandarin oranges drained
  • 2 cups red cabbage shredded
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 2 cups wonton strips
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced

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For the Mandarin Chicken

  1. Cut chicken into strips. Place into shallow dish.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the corn oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garic, orange zest and pepper. Pour over the chicken. 

  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange a wire rack on top of a rimmed baking pan. 

  5. Place the marinated chicken pieces on the wire rack. Bake in center of oven for 15 - 20 minutes, until juices run clear and the inside is no longer pink. Set aside.

For the Ginger Dressing

  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar.

  2. Seal with a lid and shake for 1 - 2 minutes until the ingredients are incorporated and the honey is dissolved. Let rest at room temperature until ready to serve.

For the Salad

  1. Prepare all ingredients as noted above. 

  2. Assemble the salad in 4 large serving bowls by arranging a layer of greens in the bottom of each bowl.

  3. Top with the cabbage, green onions, snow peas, carrots and mandarin oranges.

  4. Slice the prepared chicken and evenly divide among each bowl. 

  5. Add the crispy wonton strips and almonds.

  6. Serve with the prepared dressing.

Nutrition Facts
Mandarin Chinese Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 569 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 1296mg56%
Potassium 1034mg30%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 3920IU78%
Vitamin C 79.4mg96%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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