Ming’s Chicken Salad

Ming’s is located in Palo Alto California.  A thai inspired chicken salad complete with rice, cilantro, green onions and so much more make for a delicious salad.

copycat Ming's Chinese Chicken Salad on a plate.


copycat Ming's Chinese Chicken Salad on a plate.

Ming’s Chicken Salad

Make Ming’s Chicken Salad at home. 
5 from 3 votes
Print Pin Rate Add to Collection
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ming's Chicken Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 981kcal


  • 1 pound chicken boneless skinless chicken breast

Chicken Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • salt to taste

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds toasted
  • 4 cups rice sticks deep fried
  • 8 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro


  • Prepare marinade for chicken by combining dry sherry, vegetable oil, chopped cilantro, hoisin sauce, grated ginger, sesame oil, dry mustard, and salt in a medium-sized bowl. 
  • Reserve 1/4 cup of marinade for use later in the recipe. Marinate the boneless skinless chicken breasts in the marinade ingredients for 2 hours or overnight.
  •  Bake chicken breasts for approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Pour the reserved marinade over the chicken during the last five minutes. Cool and shred chicken as finely as possible. Skim fat from pan and mix remaining drippings with 1 tablespoon dry mustard. Add to chicken and mix well. Mix together with remaining ingredients and serve.


Calories: 981kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 1343mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1290IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 7mg

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.

REVEALED: Copycat Secrets for 2023

free email bonus

Yes, you CAN make it at home! I'll show you how.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Reader Interactions


  1. Shar from Northern California

    Hi all, as of this writing. Tao Tao is definitely still there. One used to enter from back parking lot, but went thru renovations from dark, drab, traditional red decor to a brighter, more modern restaurant in which main entrance is on Murphy Ave. Mings building is still there but currently being used for the overflow of new cars from the nearby dealership.I’m still looking 🙂

  2. Shar

    Rumor has it that Tao Taos, mings and chef chus were once opened as a group but then parted. Mings is now closed forever for business. Chef Chus and Tao Tao are definetly open. Went to mings last weekend and Tao Tao a few months ago. Salads are more different than similar. I’ve made Tao Taos version and it comes very very close. It’s a hit with friends and family. They actually thought it was Tao Taos. Tao Tao is the best. Ps house of chu in south San Jose, ca has the same salad and there version of Tao Tao beef 🙂
    Anybody have Tao Tao beefs recipe? The one I found comes no where near it. Stephanie can you help a girl out ? 🙂 anybody ? 🙂

    • Holly

      Hi Shar
      I grew up in Los Altos and went to Tao Tao back 40+ years ago every weekend with my sisters and mom & dad. Good times. Do you share your Tao Tao shredded chicken salad recipe?

      • Shar

        Hi holly,
        Go to dandelion mamas blog.. She created it and did all the hard work. Many folks says it’s spot on. But I’m so looking for a Tao Tao beef recipe to add to my book 🙂 let me know if you get recipe from DM 🙂

      • Shar

        Hi Holly and others,
        I tried chef Chus chicken salad and it was not good to me. It, to me, is not even close to Tao Taos chicken salad. Dressing and salad add ins were different. Just my two cent opinion.

      • Shar

        Very welcome Stephanie. I’m still in search of “Tao Tao beef” or House of Chu “special beef”. Both places menu description is very generic 🙁

      • Beverly

        Shar and Holly – we used to go to Tau Tau often and loved their Chinese chicken salad. I would love that recipe. Please share! Thank you.

    • Margaret Gray

      5 stars
      Is Tao Tao in San Jose. The one in Sunnyvale is gone….I moved out of Bay Area and went there a few years back……they were gone! Nobody makes Chinese chicken salad like Mings or Tao Tao.

      • Suzanne

        Just went to Tao Tao in Sunnyvale while visiting the Bay Area. It is definitely open! Their chinese chicken salad is to die fore.

  3. Nikki Ourand Lambert

    “1 pound chicken pieces” leaves too much open to interpretation. Does this mean chicken parts (bone-in legs, thighs, and breasts)? If so, a pound of parts won’t yield much meat, once the bones and skin are removed. Does it mean boneless chicken breasts?

  4. Bobnalice Winslow

    Really old posts but I had to reply. 🙂 I too moved out of the Bay Area in 1989 and have been back on occasion but Tao Tao in Sunnyvale was another place that served the same salad in fact in my opinion was better than Mings but Tao Tao is no longer there. But Ming’s is but after checking on Yelp I didn’t see the salad on the menu. I’m hoping they still have it because I’ll be going to the Bay Area next week and Ming’s was going to be a stop. I have made this salad before from a Wok Cookbook I lost in a fire. The receipt from the cookbook was dead on! If someone knows this cookbook could you please email the name to me? bob.winslow@sbcglobal.net
    I would appreciate it very much.

  5. karen

    I’m so glad I found your website. I moved from the bat area years ago and Mings chichen salad is the best ever..

    • Elaine Hayes

      I moved from the bay area 30 years ago, and have missed this salad so much! I can’t believe I found it!

5 from 3 votes (2 ratings without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

homemade Olive Garden Asiago Torgelloni Alfredo with chicken on a plate

Copycat Recipe Secrets for 2024


Yes, you CAN make it at home! 
I'll show you how.