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Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad

Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad has to be one of my most requested recipes. Honestly, I can’t think of a recipe that has been requested more. Applebee’s has been serving the Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad for years now, and this is a restaurant that is known for swapping out their menu on a fairly regular basis. What makes this salad so special? Crisp rice noodles, toasted almonds, and fresh lettuce are served with an Asian-style dressing.
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Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad

Applebee's Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Salad Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:10 minutes
  • Serves: 1
Applebee's Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad

You can make your own Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Oriental salad at home. It is so tasty, and so easy to do. Best of all, you can customize this salad and put in the ingredients that you enjoy the most.

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 6 to 8 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice noodles
  • Applebee's Oriental Salad Dressing

Instructions

Heat the grill to medium, or heat a cast-iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and gently pound them to 3/8-inch thick. Brush with the olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Transfer to a plate to rest for 4 to 5 minute before slicing.

Toast the almonds in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Watch them carefully—there is a fine line between toasted almonds and burnt almonds! Shake the pan gently. When you begin to smell the almonds, toast for a few seconds more, then immediately place the almonds on a paper towel. Allow them to cool for a moment or two.

Assemble salads by first putting down the lettuce, 3 to 4 cups per serving. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of the carrots, 1/4 cup crispy rice noodles, and 1/4 cup toasted almonds. Arrange the chicken on top. Serve with plenty of the Applebee’s Oriental Salad Dressing.

Variations

Now, Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad is a delicious salad, but there are a few variations that I like to make. I like to change out the lettuce and use a mesclun mix. I also like to add a few mandarin orange sections and sprinkle some thinly sliced green onion or scallion on top, for my personal version of the Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Oriental Salad. What changes do you like to make when you make a salad? Do you like any unusual ingredients on your salads?

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  • Anon

    Their dressing is made from pureed chicken fat. That’s why it’s difficult to reproduce the flavor with traditional salad dressing ingredients.

  • Michelle

    You are missing the shredded regular and purple cabbage, and shredded carrots. I was sitting here, eating my leftovers from Applebees, and took note of this. Looking forward to making my own at home!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Thank you for your insight!

  • Michelle

    You are missing the shredded regular and purple cabbage, and shredded carrots. I was sitting here, eating my leftovers from Applebees, and took note of this. Looking forward to making my own at home!

  • kentuckylady717

    This sounds great….will have to try this :)

  • kentuckylady717

    This sounds great….will have to try this :)

  • Robin Crittenden

    doesn’t Applebee’s use mostly shredded cabbage in this salad. that’s why I like it so much
    I can say that the Applebee’s I went to for investigation of this recipe, this wasn’t the case, but you know, you can add anything you like to your salad to make it your own! ~Stephanie

    • Lindsay K.

      Yes, Robin. The salad mix of the Oriental salad is half romaine and half dry slaw, you can also but this bagged in the salad section of the super market. I used to work for a franchise of Applebee’s.

    • Kathy L

      The Applebee’s by me don’t use Romaine at all….It seems more like Napa Cabbage and possibly another type of cabbage(maybe bok choy) that has been shredded/juliennned with some purple cabbage, shredded carrots and almonds and crispy noodles for garnish…it is by far my favorite salad at Applebee….LOVE the dressing….

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