Sesame-Lime Chicken Salad

An Asian-inspired entrée salad that comes together in 15 minutes—and comes in under 500 calories? Yes, please! This recipe relies on cooked, shredded chicken (pick up a rotisserie bird, or cook a bit extra earlier in the week) and packaged crispy Chinese noodles, such as La Choy chow mein noodles, for a crunchy, protein-rich salad. Chili pepper, fresh cilantro, and toasted sesame seeds round out the flavor. Our Sesame-Lime Chicken Salad is substantial enough for dinner but also makes a great packed lunch; store the dressing in a small bottle and dress the salad just before tucking in to maintain all that crunchy freshness.

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 493 calories
    • Fat 28 g
    • Sat Fat 4 g
    • Cholesterol 122 mg
    • Sodium 552 mg
    • Protein 45 g
    • Carbohydrate 15 g
    • Sugar 4 g
    • Fiber 3 g
    • Iron 6 mg
    • Calcium 65 mg
An Asian-inspired entrée salad that comes together in 15 minutes—and comes in under 500 calories? Yes, please! This recipe relies on cooked, shredded chicken (pick up a rotisserie bird, or cook a bit extra earlier in the week) and packaged crispy Chinese noodles, such as La Choy chow mein noodles, for a crunchy, protein-rich salad. Chili pepper, fresh cilantro, and toasted sesame seeds round out the flavor. Our Sesame-Lime Chicken Salad is substantial enough for dinner but also makes a great packed lunch; store the dressing in a small bottle and dress the salad just before tucking in to maintain all that crunchy freshness.

Ingredients

  1. Check ¼ cup canola oil
  2. Check 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  3. Check 1 teaspoon sugar
  4. Check ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  5. Check ½ red chili pepper (such as jalapeño or serrano), sliced
  6. Check kosher salt and black pepper
  7. Check 1 small head romaine lettuce, leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 6 cups)
  8. Check 2 carrots, grated
  9. Check 4 cups shredded chicken (from 1 2 to 2 ½ pound bird)
  10. Check 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  11. Check 1 cup crispy Chinese noodles
  12. Check ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

  1. Whisk together the canola oil, lime juice, sugar, sesame oil, chili, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Add the lettuce, carrots, and chicken and toss to combine.
  3. Serve the salad sprinkled with the sesame seeds, noodles, and cilantro.