Asian Chicken Salad with Anita Dukeman


Guest chef, Anita Dukeman, is back in the CI Kitchen with a recipe that’s been on restaurant menus for decades.

(Check out the ciLiving facebook page for the facebook live video of Anita’s Asian Chicken Salad reveal.)

Asian Chicken Salad is believed to have been created or at least popularized during the 1970’s in California by famous female restaurant entrepreneurs–either Madam (Sylvia) Wu or Cecelia Chiang (her son, Philip, PF Chang co-founder).

There are many variations, some healthier than others, but all contain a lettuce/cabbage salad and a vinaigrette dressing with Asian flavors.

Asian Chicken Salad



1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger

1-2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 Tablespoon sriracha or sambal oelek

1-2 teaspoons Chinese hot mustard (see notes)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil of choice

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil


6 cups romaine lettuce, torn into small pieces

1-2 cups shredded red cabbage

1 large carrot, shredded

2 green onions, both green and white parts, finely chopped

1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds

1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges in water, drained

2 cups shredded cooked chicken

1/2 cup fried wanton strips

2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Directions For the Dressing: In a small bowl, WHISK the vinegar, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, chili garlic sauce and Chinese hot mustard. Gradually, WHISK in the olive oil and sesame oil.

For the Salad: In a large bowl, COMBINE the lettuce, red cabbage, carrot, green onion, almonds, mandarin oranges, shredded chicken, fried wanton strips and sesame seeds. ADD dressing and TOSS to coat salad evenly.

*Notes: To make Chinese hot mustard, COMBINE 3 teaspoons dry mustard powder with 3 teaspoons cold water . Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. To make larger amounts, keep the mustard powder to water ratio the same.

Hey Teens–Join Anita and friends as we make a hands down teen favorite–Pot Stickers. These have been voted the BEST Chinese dumplings EVER by our local teen chefs year after year. 

This class is designed specifically for teens, grades 5th through 8th. The class is limited to 10 teens, and there is no cost to attend.

Saturday, April 21 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Please call the Arthur Public Library District at 543-2037 to register.

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