Applebee’s Oriental Fried Chicken Salad

Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad with fried chicken, crisp lettuce, nutty almonds, crunchy rice noodles, sweet carrots, and creamy dressing is absolutely delicious! There’s no need to go to the restaurant when you can make this incredible Asian salad at home.

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What Makes the Applebees Breaded Oriental Chicken Salad So Good? 

Can a salad be a satisfying meal on its own? Yes, when it is an Oriental Chicken Salad from Applebee’s.

This ultimate entree-sized salad features crunchy chunks of breaded chicken served on a bed of crispy lettuce, shredded red cabbage and carrots, slivered almonds, and sliced green onions tossed with Applebee’s Oriental Chicken salad dressing. 

Why You Should Try This Recipe 

Applebee’s modern updates to the classic Oriental Chicken Salad recipe may be minor, but they make all the difference when it comes to taste and texture.

Swapping crispy chicken tenders for poached chicken adds even more crunch and ensures the meat is tender. Replacing most of the cabbage in the traditional recipe with romaine lettuce reduces some of the original dish’s bitter taste.

Oriental Chicken Salad Ingredients

For the chicken tenders, you’ll need:

  • Chicken breast
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Plain panko breadcrumbs 
  • Peanut oil for frying

Peanut oil is excellent for frying, but with the increase of people who have nut allergies, you may want to swap out the peanut oil for another variety.

For the salad dressing, you’ll need:

  • Honey
  • Rice vinegar
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt

For the rest of the salad, you’ll need:

  • Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Red cabbage, chopped
  • Shredded carrots
  • Almonds, sliced
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Fried chow mein noodles

Fine fried chow mein noodles are best for this dish, but you can also use regular-sized fried chow mein noodles. Even seasoned instant ramen noodles or crispy fried onions will work in a pinch. 

Ingredients for Applebee's Oriental fried chicken salad.

To make Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Dressing

  1. Place all the dressing ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Stir or whisk until combined and smooth.
Ingredients for Applebee's Oriental fried chicken salad dressing in a bowl.
Dressing for Applebee's Oriental fried chicken salad.

To prepare the breading mixtures for the chicken tenders:

  1. Set up a breading station with three wide, shallow bowls and a wire rack over a rimmed baking tray.
  2. Whisk the egg and milk in a bowl. 
  3. Use a fork to mix the flour, salt, black pepper, and onion powder in another bowl.
  4. Place panko breadcrumbs in the last bowl. 
  5. Pat the chicken breasts and cut them into inch-and-a-half strips. 
  6. Dredge each chicken strip in the flour, dunk it in the egg mixture, and then coat it with panko. Place it on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining chicken strips. 
  7. Place the breaded chicken strips in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to allow the breading to adhere.
Collage of preparing breading mixtures for Applebee's Oriental salad.

To bread and fry the chicken tenders:

  1. Pat the chicken breasts and cut them into thin strips. 
  2. Dredge each chicken strip in the flour, dunk it in the egg mixture, and then coat it with panko. Place it on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining chicken strips. 
  3. Place the breaded chicken strips in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to allow the breading to adhere.
  4. Take the chicken tenders out of the fridge.
  5. Pour at least three inches of oil into a wide heavy-bottom pan and clip a deep-fry thermometer to the side. To make frying easier, use a deep fryer. 
  6. Heat the oil over medium-high until the temperature reaches 350 degrees F. 
  7. Cook the chicken tenders in batches for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown.
  8. Use a food spider to remove the chicken and drain it on a paper towel. Check to make sure the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees. 
  9. Cook the remaining chicken tenders.
  10. Cut the fried chicken tenders into bite-sized pieces.
Collage of breading and frying chicken for Applebee's Oriental salad.

To assemble the Oriental chicken salad:

  1. Rinse and dry the lettuce and red cabbage to remove any excess moisture.
  2. Chop the lettuce into bite-sized pieces and shred the cabbage and carrots. Try using a vegetable shredder to make it much easier. Thinly slice the green onions.
  3. Place the lettuce, chopped veggies, almonds, and noodles in a large salad bowl.
  4. Toss all the ingredients for the salad except the chicken in a large mixing bowl. 
  5. Plate the salad and top with the cubed chicken before serving. 
Collage of assembling Applebee's Oriental fried chicken salad.

What to Serve With Fried Chicken Salad

You don’t need more than a fork to enjoy this salad, but adding a side dish or two is a nice touch. Although half of a sandwich or a cup of soup is a classic pairing, you can get a little more creative than that by serving a stuffed baked potato or crispy potstickers instead.

A bowl of copycat Applebee's Oriental fried chicken salad.

How to Store the Leftovers 

Refrigerate each component separated in airtight containers until you are ready to assemble the salad and eat. It is best to only keep a dressed salad in the fridge for a few hours before serving. 

How Long Does the Salad Last?

The cooked chicken tenders will last up to three days in the fridge, but the prepped vegetable won’t say crispy for more than a few hours. Keep the chicken in an airtight storage container.

You can keep the salad dressing in its own airtight container for up to a week in the fridge. 

Closeup of copycat Applebee's Oriental fried chicken salad.

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Applebee’s Oriental Fried Chicken Salad

You can make Applebee's Breaded Chicken Oriental Salad at home.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Applebees Recipes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 654kcal

Ingredients

Oriental Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pinch salt

Fried Chicken Tenders

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 3 cups peanut oil for frying
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into long strips

Salad

  • 3 romaine hearts chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 5 ounces chow mein noodles

Instructions

  • Place all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Refrigerate in a covered container until ready to serve.
  • Set up a dredging station for the fried chicken: In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In a separate small bowl, beat the egg and milk until fully combined. Place the panko bread crumbs in a third shallow bowl.
  • In a heavy-duty pot, heat the peanut oil to 350°F over medium heat.
  • Working one at a time, dredge each chicken strip in the flour mixture, coating evenly. Dunk the chicken strip into the egg mixture, coating completely. Then coat the chicken strip with the bread crumbs. Repeat for all the chicken strips.
  • Fry the breaded chicken strips in the peanut oil, flipping halfway through the cooking process, until each side is golden brown. Remove from the oil and allow the chicken strips to drain on a few paper towels. When they have cooled, dice them into bite-sized pieces.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the salad. Top with the breaded chicken and dressing. You may toss before serving or allow each serving to be tossed individually.

Nutrition

Calories: 654kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1152mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 13049IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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