Easy Sesame Chicken Salad


This sesame chicken salad is delicious, light, and perfect for lunch or dinner.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
12 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste

  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • 1 cup olive oil

  • 7 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, or to taste

  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 1 (16 ounce) package mixed salad greens

  • 1 ¼ cups halved cherry tomatoes

  • ¾ medium red onion, thinly sliced

  • 3 mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

  2. While chicken is cooling, combine olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar, garlic, and red pepper in a Mason jar; close lid and shake vigorously until combined.

  3. Chop cooled chicken and place in a bowl with dressing and sesame seeds; toss to combine.

  4. Combine mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and onion in a large bowl. Mix in dressed chicken and top with mandarin oranges.

Cook's Note:

You can use stevia in place of brown sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

346 Calories
24g Fat
8g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 346
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 521mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 413mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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