Wonton Chicken Salad


One of my favorite flavors of salad to eat is those with an Asian flair.  I have a yummy recipe that I love in my cookbook, if you have a copy.  I decided to create this one based on another recipe that inspired me.  I wanted to create one with crunchy wonton strips, tender chicken, sweet and juicy mandarin oranges, and a delicious sesame ginger dressing.  It also has an added bonus ingredient of rotini pasta.

I have yet to find a good recipe for a sesame ginger dressing so I kept it simple by using a bottled dressing.  The one I used comes from Walmart and is found in the produce section in the refrigerated area.  I love the flavor of this dressing and it is “all natural” according to the bottle.  It is worth getting it if you can, if not, just find another bottled brand.  I know that even Kraft has an Asian version.

I also made my own wonton strips, but I have seen then available to purchase if you don’t want to make them.  However, I strongly encourage you to make them if you can.  They are DELICOUS!  I must say that this is my new favorite salad!

Chicken Wonton Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 15 small square wonton wrappers
  • canola oil
  • 2 cups uncooked rotini pasta
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 6 green onion, diced
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • sesame ginger dressing (I used Marketside Sesame Ginger Dressing from Walmart)
  • seasame seeds, optional for garnish
Instructions
  1. Cut wontons into ¼ inch strips. I do this with a pizza cutter.
  2. In a skillet, place enough oil to completely cove the bottom and heat over medium.
  3. Once oil is hot, add wonton strips in batches of about 8 strips at a time. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
  4. Cook rotini according to package and rinse with cold water.
  5. Toss lettuce with pasta and divide mixture between 6 plates.
  6. Top each plate evenly with the chicken, green onion, almond slices, and oranges.
  7. Drizzle each plated salad with dressing and top with wonton strips and sesame sees if desired. Makes 6 main dish salads.

Recipe inspired by Baking with Blondie.

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