Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad

Copycat version of Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad - one of the best salad recipes! A delicious salad made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, egg, cucumber, and dry chow mein in a flavorful dressing!!

Who here loves Salad? I’m obsessed – really! I’m not lying when I say that I order salad 90% of the time when we go out to eat. It’s not just because salads tend to be a little healthier, it’s because they taste SO good to me! I’ve noticed that I have my favorite salad at each restaurant, and my favorite from Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad. Have you had it before? It’s amazing, and is one of my all-time favorite recipes ever. It’s been so sad not living close to an Applebee’s here in Houston, so I crave it all the time. Fortunately, we were able to find a Copycat Applebee’s Oriental Salad that tastes just like it that I will be sharing with you today.

My favorite part of this salad are all the extra goodies in it, including almonds, fried chow mein noodles and the dressing. It’s so hearty and has so many great flavors in it. If you’re a salad lover you’ll definitely like this!

Copycat version of Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad - one of the best salad recipes! A delicious salad made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, egg, cucumber, and dry chow mein in a flavorful dressing!!

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I’m telling you guys… if you like trying out new recipes you’ll love this one. You can always change things up and make the chicken differently by just grilling some chicken (instead of frying it) OR you can even bake some chicken instead to make it a tid healthier – totally up to you! And, as always, you can just add or omit any other ingredients you think would be great with this salad. 😉

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Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe

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Copycat version of Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad - one of the best salad recipes! A delicious salad made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, egg, cucumber, and dry chow mein in a flavorful dressing!!
Course Salad
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 1432 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp sesame oil

Salad

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 chicken breast
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage chopped
  • 1/2 cup napa cabbage chopped
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1/4 cup cucumber chopped
  • 3 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup dry chow mein

Instructions

  1. Blend together all dressing ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  2. In a large saucepan preheat oil over medium-high heat.
  3. While that is warming up, cut your chicken breast into several long thin strips. Set aside.
  4. Beat egg and milk together in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornflake crumbs, salt and pepper. Dip the strips in the egg mixture, and then into the flour, coating completely.
  5. When oil is hot, carefully add chicken strips and fry for 3-4 minutes or until cooked through or golden brown. Set on a paper towel to cool. Once cool, cut into bite size pieces.
  6. To prepare your salad, combine the romaine, red cabbage, napa cabbage, carrots and cucumber. Add chopped chicken pieces and sprinkle with almonds and chow mein. Top with delicious honey oriental dressing and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from One Sweet Appetite.

ENJOY!

Copycat version of Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad - one of the best salad recipes! A delicious salad made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, egg, and dry chow mein in a flavorful dressing!!

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  1. I also order salads nearly everywhere I go and my friends laugh at me! Thanks for this recipe though I may cheat and use prepared frozen chicken strips to save myself the frying.

  2. Thnx for Applebee’s oriental salad recipe..Can’t wait to try it. It’s what I always order when I get the chance. But like you, we have no Applebee’s near our town and would love to be able to make it at home.

    But I am confused by one thing. – In the ingredients section, you list PANKO, but in the directions section you refer to CORNFLAKES CRUMBS. Please clarify…I can’t wait to try this recipe, and want to make sure I use the correct ingredient.

    Thnx,
    Donna

  3. I suppose somebody has mentioned that Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad has 1,380 calories, not exactly a “healthy” option unfortunately. It’s my favorite, too, but with its calorie count equal to a day’s worth of calories, I’ve learned to find other options.

    1. If you ask for the dressing on the side and add just enough to taste it, it’s still delicious and better for you. I also get it with grilled chicken vs. fried.

        1. Just FYI the calorie count Elaine posted is for the salad WITHOUT dressing. The dressing adds another 500 calories. I waited tables at an Applebee’s for 4 years. The Oriental Salad is the most calorie-packed item on the menu. (Or was when I worked there)

  4. I love Oriental Salad! Sadly the dressing tastes nothing like it’s supposed to. I mostly just tasted honey. I did find another recipe with a perfect tasting salad dressing. I’m sure some may love this dressing but for me it was definitely not a copy cat of the real thing. 🙂

  5. I had to laugh as I read your comment about always ordering the same thing over and over. From the time Applebee’s opened I ordered their Asian chicken salad. I’d taste what my sons
    ordered but it just didn’t do anything for me. The last time we went when the server came for our orders they rolled their eyes and said she wants the Asian chicken salad that’s all she ever eats here!! Then they said “it makes mom happy”.
    Judy

  6. Made this tonight for my family. Loved it! Definitely reminded me of this favorite salad. My hubby says next time I should add in some mandarin oranges. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I just tried this Applebee’s copycat recipe with a few modifications (I’m not super big on cucumber and I didn’t want to spend money on almonds… and I couldn’t find rice wine vinegar so I just got rice vinegar, but anyway) and it was SUPERB!! I had been craving Applebee’s, but honestly, I’m happier with this. Goodness knows it costs a lot less! Thank you so much for sharing!

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