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A bowl of the Chinese chicken salad, sitting on a countertop, with chopsticks sitting inside of it
Dairy Free/gluten-free/Nut Free/Paleo/Refined Sugar Free

Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad

5 from 1 vote
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
SERVES 4 Servings
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  • 1 Pound organic skinless chicken thighs (or breast!)
  • 1/3 Cup coconut aminos (@traderjoes has it for cheap!)
  • 2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar, acv, or champagne vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder


  • 1/2 head purple cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 head green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup sliced carrots
  • 1 bunch green onion, thinly chopped 
  • 1/2 Cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 3 Tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 3 Tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 Cup pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, no sugar added


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.
  • Place chicken in a bowl, along with 1/4 cup of the dressing, cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinate.In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients for the salad, along with remaining dressing.
  • Remove chicken from the refrigerator.
  • Place a cast-iron skillet on the stove over medium heat, greasing well with oil so the chicken doesn't stick.
  • Cook chicken for approximately six minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from heat, let cool, and slice into thin strips.
  • Add chicken to the salad, and use your hands to mix together the ingredients well.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and more cilantro/sesame seeds if desired! 

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