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Asian Chicken Salad

Flavored with fresh grated ginger and lightly sweetened with honey, this Asian spin on Sonoma Chicken Salad features juicy mandarin oranges and salty, crunchy peanuts.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 548kcal
Author Samantha Skaggs

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt regular or Greek
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons finely grated/minced fresh ginger
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup salted roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 pounds diced chicken about 4 cups
  • 2 cups fresh mandarin orange segments

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, yogurt, rice wine vinegar, honey, fresh minced ginger, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use, for up to two days.
  • To the bowl of dressing, add diced chicken, peanuts, and orange segments. Adjust seasonings, to taste. Refrigerate for at least an hour to chill and allow the flavors to blend.

Notes

  • You may use all yogurt or mayonnaise if you prefer, but realize that doing so will affect the flavor of the dressing.
  • Depending on how "ginger-y" you want your chicken salad, use slightly less or slightly more fresh ginger. I grate my ginger on a microplane, and freezing a small (peeled) segment of ginger for 30 minutes or so beforehand makes it easier to grate.
  • Same thing goes for the honey...tweak it up or down depending on how sweet you like this type of chicken salad.
  • Any small oranges will work. Clementines and tangerines are varietals of mandarins, so just use whatever you can find. About 4 to 5 small oranges should yield 2 cups of segments.
  • You may cook chicken using your favorite method (or use rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken). Seasoned chicken (using at least salt & pepper) will give your chicken salad more flavor. You may dice it or shred it depending on your preferred chicken salad texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 17.3mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1.9mg