Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

Here’s a much healthier version than Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad!

*Who’s ready for a new year to start? I am … 2018 has just been way too much fun on so many levels, NOT!*

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Now that we are officially moved in to the #smallcondo it’s time to get back on a routine, don’t you think? All that eating out and food waste have really taken a toll on us and we need to get back on track … so here we go, ONE of my favorite salads!

I used to love to get the Mandarin Chicken Salad from Wendy’s back in the day … I thought I was being super healthy, you know?

Of course, that was before I learned about reading labels and such … amazing how something so “healthy” could be so very bad for you. Not to mention, they also discontinued this particular salad a while ago … so sad!

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When I came across this recipe back in 2015 I was so excited to give it a try … I was so glad I did! Talk about an awesome, flavorful salad … and even better, when I opted to make it at the last minute, I had EVERYTHING on hand so it fit the bill!

Here’s what you need:

2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts

head of lettuce (romaine) chopped in bite size pieces

1 red pepper, sliced and chopped in bite size pieces

1 large carrot, coarsely shredded

1/4 of a small red cabbage head, sliced thin

15 oz can of mandarin oranges, drained

4 green onions, sliced thin

1/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

and then … the dressing:

1/3 c honey

3 tbs vinegar

2 tbs  mayo (bonus points if you make your own! Go ahead and try, it’s easy!)

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp salt

Ready? Season your chicken with salt and pepper (and oh, what the heck, garlic POWDER if you have). Bake in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes or so, til cooked through. Remove and allow to cool. Once cool, go ahead and cut into bite size pieces. Alternatively, if you want to be “pretty” you can slice thinly but then you will still need to cut when you are eating, so I say, just cut into bite size pieces 😉

Add all the veggies, oranges and almonds to a large bowl. Top with the chicken.

Whisk the honey, vinegar, mayo, oil and salt in small bowl and drizzle over the salad.

Better yet, toss all in a canning jar, cap it tightly, and shake it like you mean it. THEN drizzle over the salad, toss to coat and serve up.


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Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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Hi! We are Mark and Jan. Highschool Sweethearts living in Paradise and fast forwarding to our retirement days! We have 2 kids, both young adults now, a grandbaby that was born on 12/29/18 (3 weeks sooner than anticipated!) and we have 2 cats ... more than enough!

5 thoughts on “Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad”

  1. I love this combination for your delicious salad! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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