There are plenty of ways to prepare chicken salad but mandarin orange chicken salad has to be one of the tastiest. If you love Asian flavors, you’re going to love this exciting Chinese chicken salad recipe. You can make it with leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, and you will already have most of the other ingredients to hand.
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The great thing about this recipe is the perfect balance between softness, creaminess and crunch in every mouthful.
Chicken pairs with green onion, celery and slivered almonds to offer plenty of crunch, along with cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, and mandarin oranges to finish it off.
This salad is comparable to well-known Chinese chicken salads like the one from Cheesecake Factory for example. But since this one is going to be lovingly made from scratch it’s likely to come out even more delicious and you’ll want to make it often, especially during the warmer months.
Why You’ll Love the Recipe:
This is such an easy salad to prepare. You just have to combine the ingredients and then let the salad chill for several hours, making it a delicious and refreshing dish to serve in the warmer months.
How to Serve It:
This salad can be served as it is for lunch or as a side dish for grilled or poached chicken. It’s best served chilled, so make sure it’s left for several hours in the refrigerator before serving.
- Green onion chopped
- Cream cheese softened
- Mandarin orange
- Worcestershire sauce
- Slivered almonds
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
How to make Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad:
Stir together the chicken, celery, oranges, green onions and almonds in a mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, blend together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, worcestershires sauce, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
Blend the contents of the two bowls together until well combined.
Chill for 4 hours before serving.
This tasty Chinese chicken salad is full of flavor and ideal for any occasion when you want to enjoy a fresh salad for lunch or dinner but also experience oriental cuisine. Since this is a make-ahead dish, you can prepare it early and then just forget about it until mealtime.
Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad
- ½ C. Green onion chopped
- 4 C. Shredded or cubed chicken
- 8 oz. Cream cheese softened
- 1 C. Celery chopped
- 1 C. Mayonnaise
- 15 oz. Can of mandarin orange sliced drained well
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 C. Slivered almonds
- 1 tsp. Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Stir together the chicken, celery, oranges, green onions and almonds in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, blend together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, worcestershires sauce, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
- Blend the contents of the two bowls together until well combined.
- Chill for 4 hours before serving.
Can You Make It Ahead?
It’s best when prepared several hours ahead of serving because the flavors will subtly meld in the refrigerator and it will taste even more amazing.
Leftovers will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Variations and Substitutions:
Use turkey in place of the chicken if you like, or use Asian fish sauce in place of the Worcestershire sauce. You can also try cashew halves or peanuts instead of the almonds.