Mandarin Chicken Salad

October 1, 2013 in Recipes by Anna

Mandarin Chicken Salad from Learn Like A Mom!

This Mandarin Chicken Salad is flavorful and easy to make. It will take you no time to throw this together and have a healthy, family-friendly, nutritious meal on the table! You’ll even see with this recipe that I don’t have many images or directions, which typically accompany the recipes I share!

Ingredients for Mandarin Chicken Salad

Chicken Tenders

Romaine Lettuce and Leafy Greens


Fresno Chili Pepper

Mandarin Orange Segments

Sunflower Seeds

Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette Dressing

Directions for Mandarin Chicken Salad

Step One

Preheat oven to 350° F and line a metal baking pan with aluminum foil and spray that with cooking spray.

Step Two

While the oven is warming up, clean the chicken tenders and pat them dry. Place them in the baking pan. When the oven comes to the desired temperature, place them in the oven and set the timer for 25 minutes.

Step Three

Cut the following ingredients into desired bite sizes: cucumbers, pepper (for less heat, take out the ribs and seeds), and any other vegetable you may want to add or substitute to this recipe.

Step Four

Open the can of mandarin orange segments and drain. Set aside.

Step Five

Rinse, pat dry or spin dry, and tear the pieces of romaine or your desired leafy greens.

Step Six

Assemble your salad! Greens, cucumbers, peppers, and the key ingredients…mandarin oranges and sunflower seeds!

Now, truth be told, mandarin chicken salads get their flavor and appeal from the mandarin oranges and chicken, of course, but also the crunch and dressing. Sometimes I provide the crunch with crispy noodles, but for this recipe, I decided to use sunflower seeds. For the dressing, I decided to use a store bought dressing, but there are many recipes online. The other option might be a mandarin orange vinaigrette, but that’s just too much of the same flavor for me.

Step Seven

Once the chicken is cooked all the way through, let it rest for a few minutes…you may even want it cold for your salad…then cut it into chunks and top the salad with the chicken and dressing.

Mandarin Chicken Salad Recipe from Learn Like a Mom!


What is your favorite chicken salad recipe?