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Sesame Ginger Orange Chicken Salad. With lots and lots of crispy, salty, fried wontons. This yummy Asian-inspired salad is a mix of fresh greens, chicken, juicy sweet oranges, creamy avocado, and delicious crunchy nuts, all topped with those crispy wontons. Everything is tossed together with my favorite toasted sesame and ginger salad dressing. I know you’ll find it delicious. This salad is a wonderful mix of savory, sweet, and salty. It’s no-cook, fast, easy to toss together, bright and colorful, plus, of course, totally delicious!

Sesame Ginger Orange Chicken Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

It’s been a minute since I shared a bright and fresh colorful salad. I thought this salad would be perfect to break up all the cozy soups and pasta. It’s all about having a nice balance!

As I work away on this post, I’m in New York, but once this post goes live, I’ll be home and back in the kitchen. After a week of eating out, I could not be more excited to cook for myself again. It’s cold here, so I’m still craving warming foods, but adding a bright salad to the mix is a must.

Especially one loaded with so much vitamin C!

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I’ve wanted to make an orange chicken salad for a while now. Whenever I head to a Chinese restaurant, it’s always the first thing I order. I’ve always enjoyed the savory, sweet, tangy, and salty flavors.

I hesitated because I wasn’t sure how to make the salad feel like my own. But then, I started making fried wontons for my brother Red over the holidays. Ever since I’ve been regularly adding them to so many recipes. I’m loving them!

Obviously, an orange chicken salad is the perfect fit for homemade crispy wontons!

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Here are details

I like to start with the dressing. It’s a mix of sesame oil, toasted sesame oil, honey, tamari, fresh ginger, garlic, orange zest, and toasted sesame seeds.

Honestly, this has become one of my favorite dressings. The toasted oil, honey, and tamari make it lick-the-spoon-good. And the ginger gives it a nice spicy yet fresh kick. If you love any of my Asian sauces, you’ll enjoy this!

Sesame Ginger Orange Chicken Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

The wontons are incredibly easy to make. All you need are oil and wonton wrappers. I love to use avocado oil when frying.

Cut the wonton wrappers into strips, then do a shallow fry in the oil until crisp. It only takes a minute and is super easy. Then I’ll usually sprinkle them with flaky salt.

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And on to the actual salad…cabbage, greens, chicken, fresh oranges, avocado, and lots of dressing. The dressing really is key, it’s what brings in all the flavor. Then finish the salad with so many of those fried wontons, they are delicious!

If you’re looking to switch up your chicken salad, this is a great option for lunch or dinner! Enjoy this salad on its own or try serving it with your favorite dumpling soup or some Sesame Ginger Dumplings. Yum!

Sesame Ginger Orange Chicken Salad | halfbakedharvest.com

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Lastly, if you make Sesame Ginger Orange Chicken Salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Sesame Ginger Orange Chicken Salad…with crispy fried wontons

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 514 kcal

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Ingredients

Sesame Ginger Dressing

Salad

Instructions

  • 1. To make the dressing. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar or bowl.
    2. To make the wontons. Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the strips of wontons and let cook, 1-2 minutes, until deeply golden and crisp. Drain on paper towels, then sprinkle with flaky salt.
    3. To make the salad. In a salad bowl, combine the cabbage, lettuce, chicken, almonds, and orange slices. Pour over half the dressing, then toss to coat the greens. Add the avocados, fried wontons, green onions, and chili oil. ENJOY the yumminess.
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  1. I’m trying this tonight, but the in the video, you talk about candied jalapeños, but they aren’t listed in the recipe. Also, how are you preparing your chicken?

  2. Your TikTok clip showed you preparing/cooking chicken for this salad. Where is the particulars on the chicken recipe? It appeared to be thighs and complimentary sauce/seasonings. I try and avoid rotisserie chicken (not the best quality) and your chicken looked like it made the recipe. Thank you.

  3. I’d like to make this and am curious about the amount (weight or number) of wonton wrappers in your package? I buy them at the Asian grocery store in a big freezer package and don’t know if there is another type of package you’re working off of. Thank you!

    1. Hi Michaela,
      I used a 12 ounce package:) Let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this salad! xT

    1. Hi there,
      The recipe is correct, it calls for 2 different types and amounts of sesame oil:) Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xx

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing and so simple. Substituted chow mein noodles for the fried wontons to make it easier

    1. Hi Nancy,
      Happy Monday!!😎 I appreciate you making this recipe and your feedback, so glad to hear that it turned out well for you! xT

  5. 5 stars
    Excellent salad! I love an Asian salad and this hits all the things for me! I did make a few adjustments to use up ingredients I had on hand. I grilled up some chicken instead of shredding chicken–a rotisserie chicken would be great for this. I used canned mandarin orange slices and bought wonton strips instead of making my own. I skipped the avocado and added bell pepper strips instead for some veggies; also added cilantro because I love cilantro. : ) The dressing is AMAZING! I ran out of sesame oil, so for the 1/4 c. toasted sesame oil, I used 1/4 c. olive oil instead.
    I will be making this recipe again this summer!

    1. Hey Ruth,
      Happy Monday!! Love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! Thanks for sharing what worked well for you! xT

      1. So so yummy! I had to look up how to fry the wontons, but figured it out and it was so worth it!!
        Makes more dressing than needed, but it’s soooo good I know we’ll use it up!

        1. Hi Liz,
          Awesome!!😎 Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT

    1. Hi Laura,
      Happy Monday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and I appreciate you making it! xT

  6. 5 stars
    I brought this salad to a women’s conference at church last weekend, I brought home an empty bowl! Delicious salad! Thank you Tieghan!

    1. Hey Cindy,
      Happy Wednesday!! 🍉🍓 Thanks a bunch for testing out this recipe, I’m so glad to hear that it turned out well for you! xT

  7. 5 stars
    This salad was soooooo perfect! The balance of sweet, salty, acid, crunchy… oh my! I marinated a couple of chicken breasts in the dressing before cutting them into bite sized pieces and frying them in a little avo oil with the marinade until they were browned (those sesame/ginger little crunchy bits in the pan – mmm!!) I also put a dash of hot pepper toasted sesame oil to the dressing as another person suggested and that little bit of kick was nice! Adding this salad to the dinner rotation along with Tieghan’s equally delicious Greek chopped chicken salad!

    1. Hey Heather,
      Happy Wednesday!!🌈 🐇 I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you! Thanks for sharing your feedback and trying it out! xT

    1. Hi Wendy,
      Fantastic!! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! xx

  8. 5 stars
    This salad was *everything* that I want out of lunch: fun, delicious, a delightful way to break up the monotony of my work day! Also healthy and lots of fun textures! I so looked forward to eating it each day 🙂 Will definitely be making this time and time again! Thanks for another fabulous recipe, Tieghan!!

    1. Hi Laura,
      Happy Wednesday! ⛅️🌈 I’m so glad to hear that this recipe worked well for you and I appreciate you giving it a try! xx

  9. 5 stars
    I have made this twice now in a month and keep coming back to it for my husband and I’s quick weeknight meal! This is going to be a spring and summer staple in our home as the bright flavors with crisp lettuce crunchiness is a great bite as the weather warms up. I add in just a bit of hot sesame oil to the dressing for a bit of a kick to compliment the sweetness of the orange and it’s great!

    1. Hey Rachael,
      Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback, love to hear that it was a winner!🌞 xx

  10. 5 stars
    As all of your recipes, it was simply Delicious and definitely restaurant worthy! I did the pulled chicken in the crockpot and added some veggies I had on hand (cucumbers, peppers and some raddichio). Didn’t have wonton so fried some tortillas. It was amazing and will keep in my favorite!

    1. Hey Vanessa,
      Happy Monday!!⛅️ Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it turned out well for you:) Thanks so much for your kind message! xT