Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad
About 10 years ago, my boss at the time ran out to pick up something for lunch. When she returned with a meal to enjoy in her office, as she walked passed me, I caught a glimpse of a see-through take-out container that looked delicious. I asked her what it was, and she promptly handed me a plastic fork to take a taste. And from that day on, I was hooked on Applebee’s oriental chicken salad.
For many years, I would call the Applebee’s near my work about 15 minutes ahead of time to order my salad and bring it back to the office. On occasion, I would actually eat at Applebee’s. And without question, I always order the oriental chicken salad. I never even look at the menu.
Save Money by Making Your Own Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad
This salad is offered at Applebee's in a “full” or “half” version. I must confess that I have never ordered the half version. To me, that is just silly. Of course, because I am addicted to this salad, I want the larger version. The half version isn’t cost-effective in my eyes.
Applebee’s currently charges $9.49 for their oriental chicken salad. The half size is $7.99. To me, that is really expensive for a salad. I will say, though, that this salad is on their “2 for $20” menu, which means you can get two entrees and an appetizer for 20 bucks.
But times have changed for me over the years, and I do not work at that same job that was near an Applebee’s. In addition, I don’t make the income that I used to.
Recently, I thought about this salad and how sad I am that, for me, it is not something that is easily within reach or affordable. I did a little bit of searching on the internet and there are many “copycat” recipes for Applebee’s oriental chicken salad. I took a look at many of the recipes to help me decide what I thought would make this salad exactly like what I got at the restaurant. And I’m excited to tell you that I believe I have put together a very simple, much less expensive recipe that is a true replica of my favorite Applebee’s salad.
Ingredients (6-8 Servings)
- 2 bags (9 ounce) Dole Classic Romaine bagged salad mix (with carrots and red cabbage)
- 1 bag (25 ounce) Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips
- 1 bag (3.5 ounce) sliced Almond Accents (original oven roasted)
- 1 can (5 ounce) LaChoy Chow Mein Noodles
- 4 chopped green onions (optional for garnish)
- Bake the entire bag of Tyson crispy chicken strips according to package instructions. Although you can use the microwave or fry in oil, for best results, I suggest heating in the oven to retain crispiness.
- Cut chicken strips into sizes that you desire. I cut mine to bite size approximately one inch.
- Layer the salad: You can prepare individual dishes/plates or layer the salad in a large roaster pan, approximately 17" X 12" X 3" deep, for easy serving.
As you will see by my photos, I decided to layer the salad in a pretty glass trifle bowl but I only used half of the ingredients for display. This recipe will actually fit better in an extra-large roaster pan.
- Bottom layer: Romaine salad mix
- 2nd layer: Almonds
- 3rd layer: Chicken
- 4th layer: Chow mein noodles
- 5th layer: Salad dressing (recipe below)
- Top layer: Optional green onion garnish
This recipe, using two bags of salad mix, will comfortably serve 6-8 large salads. Feel free to split all ingredients in half to serve approximately 4 large salads.
I’ve never ordered this salad at Applebee’s without asking for extra dressing. It’s different and, I believe, difficult to duplicate. I have tweaked a version that I believe makes you think you ordered it from the restaurant. It is so simple and so good!
- 1 & 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar (plain, not seasoned)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup sesame seed oil
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salad Dressing Instructions
Mix all ingredients preferably with a blender. If necessary, a whisk will work too. Keep refrigerated.
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That's it! It's so easy and tastes delicious. Now you can have your own Applebee's oriental chicken salad anytime you wish. I truly hope you enjoy!
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