The Country Cook: Oriental Chicken Salad

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Oriental Chicken Salad

Y'all are gonna laugh at me, but one of my favorite things to do is to aimlessly walk around Walmart. Everyone has their thing - and that's my thing. I love to browse new products and get ideas for recipes. I don't always have the time to do this casually. Most of the time I'm running through there like my hair is on fire just trying to get what I need. But when I do have time to myself to casually stroll the aisles, I love it! So there's my confession. It is my relaxation and de-stresser. 
So when I was walking around Walmart this weekend, I saw these new Tyson® 100% Whole Grain breaded chicken breast chunks. I had to back up my buggy and look again. There were two different kinds in the freezer section at my local Walmart. They had the whole grain breaded chicken chunks and the Tyson® Gluten Free breaded chicken nuggets. I immediately texted a photo to one of my good friends whose daughter can only eat gluten free and asked if she had seen these. Nearly every kid loves chicken nuggets and how convenient is this for her Momma?! She was so excited and thrilled to see these. They are wholesome and her daughter can eat them - score!
So I threw one of each of these into my buggy. Here's the lowdown on this new chicken from Tyson®!
  • Real, Simple 100% All Natural Ingredients
  • excellent source of protein
  • Made with white meat chicken
  • No preservatives
  • 65% less breading compared to original Crispy Chicken Strips
  • More meat with the same breaded taste
The wheels started turning in my head with what I could make with them. Of course they are good all by themselves but my mind is always thinking about more. And as I walked down the international aisle of Walmart - an idea hit me.
I saw some sesame oil and crunchy rice noodles and I immediately thought this chicken would work perfect in my favorite oriental chicken salad. If you love to order this when you go out to eat, then you will absolutely love this recipe. The Tyson® Whole Grain breaded chicken breast chunks worked perfect in this. They cooked and browned up beautifully and taste so good! And the bonus? This dressing! It will become your new favorite!
for the salad:
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
3 green onions, chopped
1 (2 oz.) packet slivered almonds 
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained well
1/3 cup crunchy rice or chow mien noodles

for the dressing:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
6 tbsp. honey
3 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. sesame oil

To make this just a bit easier, I am using pre-shredded cabbage and carrots. For the cabbage, I just buy a bag of cole slaw and will use about half of it for this recipe.
 Preheat oven to 425f degrees. 
Place Tyson Chicken Breast Chunks onto a foil-lined baking sheet (or spray with nonstick cooking spray.) Cook for about 15-20 minutes.
While the chicken chunks are cooking, start preparing your salad. In a large bowl, combine chopped romaine lettuce and shredded cabbage.
 Then toss in shredded carrots, green onions and slivered almonds.
 Top with mandarin oranges and crunchy rice noodles.
To prepare the dressing, whisk together the mayonnaise, rice wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard and sesame oil. Note: Sesame oil has a very strong flavor so don't overdo it.
 Once your chicken is cooked, take it out of the oven.
Then add cooked chicken to your prepared salad and pour dressing on top.
Or you can keep the dressing on the side and everyone can help themselves.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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