As colorful as it is tasty, this Asian chicken salad with cabbage proved to be an inspired invention. I was sick and didn’t feel like cooking much, plus I could hardly taste anything.
The crispy, vibrant salad even helped improve my appetite. It looked pretty (with the cabbage, peppers, and carrots), and I could taste it! It was also a good way to keep using up the giant cabbage I got from FreshDirect.
Asian chicken salad with cabbage is pretty easy to make, and you can make the dressing in advance if you like.
Before I got sick I had defrosted a chicken thigh that I had to use up, so I just seasoned that with ginger, garlic, a bit of soy sauce, and some sriracha. Then all I had to do was pop it in the oven for an hour. Easy! The recipe would also work just fine with leftover rotisserie chicken, or even some leftover Chinese pork.
If you don’t want meat, you could add cold noodles, ramen noodles, slivered almonds, or extra veggies.
The dressing is straight from a recipe I found online in The New York Times recipe section. I don’t like a lot of dressing, so this made about 4 servings of dressing for me. Your mileage may vary.
Asian Chicken and Cabbage Salad Recipe for One
A slightly spicy, bright, and colorful asian chicken salad that's hard to resist (even when you're sick).
I included the cooking time for the chicken in the recipe preparation notes. If you use pre-cooked chicken the whole thing will be finished in 15 minutes.
- 1/4 C red cabbage, shredded
- 1 carrot, cut in chunks, or shredded
- 4-5 mini bell peppers, top removed, and sliced
- 1/8 (about an inch or two) seedless cucumber
- 1 chicken leg or thigh
- Generous pinch powdered ginger
- Generous pinch powdered garlic
- 2 squirts soy sauce
- 1-2 squirts Sriracha
- 1 garlic clove, chopped fine
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
- 3 T rice vinegar
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 5 T canola oil
- 2 T sesame oil
- Season the chicken and bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour. Remove and let sit until it is cool enough to handle.
- Prepare the veggies and mix them together in a large bowl.
- Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a mini-chopper and pulsing until all the ingredients are chopped up and mixed together.
- Once the chicken has cooled, remove the meat from the bone.
- Put the veggies and chicken in a large bowl and pour the dressing over it.
I had a big bag of mini mixed bell peppers, so I used those (they also helped make the food look more appealing) and a seedless cucumber, so that’s what I used.
You could use regular bell peppers, add snow peas, mushrooms, or regular cucumbers too. Food should be flexible, and unless it’s baking, you should adjust recipes to fit what you have or what you prefer to eat.
Ingredients and Tools for This Recipe
Black & Decker Food Chopper
I use this all the time. It’s so much easier than dragging out a big food processor. And, with space at a premium, it’s a lot easier to store it too. Use it for the dressing, to chop garlic or onions, cut up potatoes, and make pesto without making a big mess.
Huy Fong, Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, 17 Ounce Bottle
This stuff has become so popular it’s almost a cliché, but it’s also versatile enough to use in eggs, salads, meatballs, or on chicken. Just a little bit adds a big punch of flavor, without being too spicy or too sweet.
More Asian Recipes with Chicken or Cabbage
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Honey Sticky Garlic Chicken
Pantry-friendly and hunger-friendly too. This is ready quickly and uses ingredients you already have around. But, it tastes like it came from a restaurant.
Sichuan Chinese Chicken and Eggplant with Garlic Sauce
Speaking of takeout, this is a takeout standard that you can easily make at home. It’s spicy, tender, and absolutely delicious. No need to get takeout.