asian chicken salad

     Did you ever have one of those days when you couldn't bear the thought of turning on a stove? The weather here is so very warm... But what to serve the FAM? Hey, how about a lovely Asian salad? 
     Everything can be grabbed on a quick run through your local food store. Our neighborhood Publix sells chicken fingers tossed in a oriental sesame glaze. If your place doesn't carry them, just get plain ones.
     To omit using fried fingers, substitute meat pulled from a rotisserie bird. Use the rest of the meat for another meal and remember to save the bones for homemade stock.
     Here's what you do to avoid firing up your own stove:
1 bag Asian slaw mix or broccoli slaw
1 bag sweet butter lettuce or spring mix
1 bag julienne carrots
8 oriental glazed, deli-cooked chicken fingers
1 can chow mein noodles
1/2 c. slivered almonds, toasted
1 small can mandarin noodles or 1 Fuji apple, cored and diced
1 bottle sesame ginger salad dressing
freshly ground pepper
Combine needed amount of slaw mix with carrots and lettuce in large salad bowl. Divide onto individual serving plates. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Allow everyone to build their own work of salad art using chicken, crunchy chow mein noodles, almonds and fruit. Apply dressing sparingly, then pepper liberally and enjoy!
     I like to serve this with homemade Ramen noodle soup, adding fresh veggies, like carrots, pea pods, bean sprouts and sliced ginger. Homemade vegetable or chicken stock really makes the flavors sing and it's much lower in sodium than the instant version. Oriental noodles can be found in the international section of your grocery store. What a great weeknight meal!


  1. How do you make homeade rame soup? My kids can't have msg, so I don't buy them the cheap ramen packs.

  2. look for the pkg of plain ramen noodles in the oriental aisle or use spaghetti if you have to. you will cook them in veggie or chicken stock.
    i start by sauteeing a little onion and garlic in 2 tsp. of canola oil w/ a dribble of sesame oil in it. Then add julienned carrots and snow peas, beans sprouts and fresh ginger... whatever you like or have on hand. cook til veggies are softened.
    add broth to boil. throw in noodles and cook til done... simple!

  3. Thanks Susan. I think i can manage this. My kids will be so happy.