Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad

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This delicious Copycat Oriental Chicken Salad from Applebees is made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, cucumber, and crunchy chow mein, tossed in a flavorful asian dressing!

If you need a fun way to switch up your typical salad, try giving it some oriental flavor! You can try this Applebee’s copycat, Asian Ramen Salad, or Chinese Pasta Salad.

Applebees oriental chicken salad

copycat recipe

Who here loves Salad? I’m not lying when I say that I order salad 90% of the time when we go out to eat. So yummy!

I’ve noticed that I have my favorite salad at each restaurant, and my favorite from Applebee’s is their Oriental Chicken Salad. Fortunately, we were able to find a copycat recipe that tastes just like the real thing!!

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 asian flavors in it. If you’re a salad lover you’ll definitely like this!

Crispy chicken ingredients

Applebees Oriental salad chicken

homemade oriental Dressing

This tasty oriental dressing is made of just five ingredients!

  • honey
  • rice vinegar
  • mayo
  • dijon mustard
  • sesame oil

Simply mix the ingredients together, and refrigerate until you’re ready to pour it over the salad. It might be a good idea to serve the dressing on the side so that people can add as little or as much as they’d like. It’s also good so any leftover salad lasts longer in the fridge.

Homemade oriental salad dressing


Oriental Salad Variations: Salads are so easy to adjust to fit your favorite flavors and this one is no different. However, with too many alterations, it may not be considered a copycat, but that’s ok. As long as you love it! Here are a few of our ideas:

  • Chicken: instead of Panko crumbs you can use crushed corn flakes or Ritz crackers
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Chopped roasted cashews
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Diced bell pepper

Can I make this ahead of time? Yes, you can make this up to a day ahead of time. Just leave out the chow mein noodles and the dressing until right before serving. Also, store the chicken in its own airtight container.

Place all other ingredients in the salad bowl, cover with a paper towel to help soak up excess moisture and cover with plastic wrap or a lid. Right before serving remove the lid and paper towel, then add the chow mein noodles, chicken, and dressing.

Can I air fry the chicken? Of course! Using an air fryer is easy and a little healthier. Simply preheat the air fryer to 350° F. Arrange strips in the basket, making sure they are not touching. Cook the chicken for about 12 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165° F. You may need to cook the chicken in batches.

You can also bake them in the oven. Preheat oven to 425° F and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Applebees oriental chicken salad recipe

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Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe

4.65 from 17 votes

This delicious Copycat Oriental Chicken Salad from Applebees is made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, cucumber, and crunchy chow mein, tossed in a flavorful asian 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



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

Fried Chicken

  • 2 chicken breast
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 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
  • 3 tbsp sliced almonds


  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, panko, 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!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    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.


  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. 1 star
    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. 🙂

    1. Staceyn – Will you please share the other oriental dressing recipe? That’s my fave! Thanks so much!

  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”.

  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. 5 stars
    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!

  8. Absolutely my very favorite meal at Applebees! I could drink the dressing! YuM!
    Question – did you add cucumber to your recipe, bc none of the restaurants that I’ve gotten the Oriental Chicken Salad, never has had cucumbers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I love cucs… I’m going to try your dressing recipe, bc it is much easier than others that I’ve found online. The others have a hundred ingredients. I’ll update my rating once I make this dressing. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. 5 stars
    This is my favorite thing to eat at Applebee’s!! This one tastes just like the restaurants! I love that I can make it at home!

  10. 5 stars
    You will love this copycat version of oriental salad from Applebees. It taste so good and authentic. I like anything I can duplicate at home!

  11. Hi I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I want to cut the meat in bite size pieces and then fry them. how long do you think i have to fry them for?

    1. It should take anywhere from 5-8 minutes to fry the chicken. I always cook mine longer, because I am so scared of uncooked chicken, but if you cut into it & it’s white, not pink, it’s done.

  12. 4 stars
    I made this. EVERYTHING WAS GOOD. THE DRESSING WAS A BIT OFF COMPARED TO THE ACTUAL APPLEEBEES SALAD DRESSING. I added toasted sesame oil so i dont know if that was the problem.

  13. Your ingredient list does not mention the cucumber or the chow mein noodles listed in directions. Glad I read directions before headed to store! Making for girls lunch tomorrow.

  14. 5 stars
    Tried this without chicKen and it was still sooo yummy! Its probably a long-shot but does anyone have ideas for what I could sUb Instead of mayo? Thanks 🙂