You really can’t go wrong with a good copycat Panera recipe. And this Asian Chicken Salad one is amazing! It is included in the Best Salad Recipes ever. And right up there with another favorite – Santa Fe Chicken Salad.
When I recently asked on Facebook what type of recipes my readers would like to see I got several requests for summer salads so today’s recipe is for just that. My dear friend Deb introduced me to Panera several years ago when she sent me their cookbook. I am a big fan of their salads and today’s recipe is a favorite.
I love the flavor of sesame oil in the Asian dressing that goes with this recipe.
For me the true mark of a good salad is the perfect combination of flavor and texture and this one has it – you’ve got great flavor with the sesame oil, ginger, cilantro, mandarin oranges and then it is topped with the texture of wonton strips, almonds and sesame seeds.
Copycat Panera Asian Chicken Salad
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 6 oz baby spinach
- 4 chicken breasts
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 ½ tsp sesame oil
- 3 tsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ c rice vinegar
- ¼ c sugar
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp salt
- pepper to taste
- 1 tsp sesame seeds toasted
- chopped cilantro
- 11 oz mandarin oranges drained
- ⅓ c sliced almonds
- wonton strips
- sesame seeds
- Combine chicken marinade ingredients together and marinade chicken for 30 minutes.
- Grill chicken and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Cut into slices.
- Combine ingredients together and shake until combined.
- Add together lettuce and spinach. Top with chicken, salad dressing and garnishes.
recipe adapted from Recipage.com