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.
¼ cup canola oil
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
½ red chili pepper (such as jalapeño or serrano), sliced
kosher salt and black pepper
1 small head romaine lettuce, leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 6 cups)
2 carrots, grated
4 cups shredded chicken (from 1 2 to 2 ½ pound bird)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 cup crispy Chinese noodles
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
Sat fat 4g
How to Make It
Whisk together the canola oil, lime juice, sugar, sesame oil, chili, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl.
Add the lettuce, carrots, and chicken and toss to combine.
Serve the salad sprinkled with the sesame seeds, noodles, and cilantro.