This paleo Chinese Chicken Salad recipe is a quick fix for lunch or dinner, and is filled with an abundance of exciting flavors. With plenty of vitamin A and calcium, this nutrient-rich salad is sure to power you through the remainder of the day.
almond butter sesame dressing:
- 3 Medjool dates pitted and softened if necessary by soaking in very hot water for 5 minutes
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 3 Tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
- 2 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups slaw mix
- 1 cup Purple cabbage shredded
- 1 bunch Scallions green and white parts, thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup raw cashews or almonds, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 1/2 cup Mandarin oranges check labels for Whole30
- 2 Tbsp avocado oil ghee, or coconut oil
- 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs boneless and skinless
- 3/4 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- Sea salt and black pepper
prepare the dressing:
Place all ingredients in a small, powerful blender (I used a NutriBullet) and blend until smooth and creamy. If the mixture is extremely thick, you can add a tiny bit of water until it reaches the desired thickness. Cover the dressing and place it in the refrigerator while you prepare the salad.
prepare the salad:
- In a large serving bowl, combine the slaw mix, cabbage, sliced scallions, nuts, cilantro, and mandarin oranges. Set aside while you cook the chicken.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil or ghee. Pat the chicken dry and season all over with the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Add chicken to the sizzling skillet and cook 5-7 minutes on the first side, adjusting the heat if necessary to get a nice golden-brown crust. Flip and cook another 5 minutes on the second side, until deep golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165° F.
- Remove the chicken to a cutting board. Once it cools for 1-2 minutes, slice it or cut into bite-size pieces. Arrange over the salad, then toss with as much dressing as you like, or, serve the dressing on the side if you prefer. Makes about 6 servings. Enjoy!
Dr. Jay Goodbinder ND DC DABCI is a doctor in Overland Park, KS who serves patients in surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.