Applebee’s Asian Chicken Salad (copycat recipe)

Applebees Copycat Asian Chicken Salad from Very Culinary

by Amy on June 19, 2013 · 15 comments

We haven’t had a vacation in nine years, friends. Nine years! We were plagued with one hiccup after another. But we finally got away last week. And we couldn’t have chosen a better place to take the kids for the first time – Disneyland!

Is it expensive? Yes. Are the lines long? Yes. Is it hot? Yes. Is it worth it? YES YES YES.

You’re surrounded by smiling faces. And music. And bubbles. It truly is the happiest place on earth. 

After eating our weight in corn dogs and ice cream cones for five days, though, I am ready to consume salads for the rest of my life.

I fell in love with this cheater Asian Chicken Salad from Applebee’s last year and actually made it all winter long. It’s not the same as a warm churro from Main Street, but it welcomed us home just fine.

(Applebee’s) Asian Chicken Salad
Serve 2
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

• 3 tablespoons honey
• 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
• 1/4 cup mayonnaise
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
• 2 pieces Tyson’s Crispy Chicken Strips
• 4 cups mixed greens, such as romaine
• 2 cups bagged coleslaw mix
• 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
• 1/4 cup chow mein noodles

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, vinegar, mayo, mustard, and sesame oil. Refrigerate while you prepare the salad.

Bake the chicken strips according to the package directions (about 20 minutes.) Remove and allow to cool off. Cut up into thin pieces.

Mix together some of the lettuce and coleslaw. Divide among individual plates, top with the chicken pieces, almonds, and chow mein noodles. Drizzle the dressing on top. Serve right away and enjoy!

(originally from Mandy’s Recipe Box)

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Jovenae January 6, 2015 at 10:54 pm

This sounds so good…. I don’t eat much salad during the winter but as soon as Spring comes… I’ll try this….this might become one of my favorites… thank you


Alli Miller @ Cupcake Diaries August 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with me to include in my round up!! I featured it with 15 other fabulous copycat recipes. Thanks again!


Heather @ Sugar Dish Me June 21, 2013 at 4:44 am

I have never been to Disney World!!!! But 9 years is a very very long time to go with no vacation. I’m pretty sure you totally earned it.
Love this salad!! That was one of my favorites (when I waited tables at good ‘ol Applebees years ago)


kristy @ the wicked noodle June 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

I’m so happy you’re back and that you all had a great time! You were most certainly missed. Love this yummy salad, can’t wait to try!


Joanne June 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I highly suspected that you had gone on vacation! how fun!! Such a perfect place for the kiddos. But I totally get the need for salads. I feel like I mostly eat dessert lately and that has to change!


cassie June 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

So glad you had a good vacation! I love the sound of this salad, too!


Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary June 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

We rarely eat at chain restaurants but my Dad loves Applebees so when we go out with my parents, we’re going to Applebees. I always order the Asisan Chicken Salad. I love it! Now I can make it at home! I love you! Have a magical day!! (hee hee)


Dana June 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

Oh, I agree! Disney IS the happiest place on Earth! Being a California girl, I went to Disneyland twice as a kid. Then I was able to go to Disneyworld twice (2007 and 2010) as an adult, and it was just as fun. Maybe more so, because the vodka lemon ice at Epcot is to die for. There’s adult beverages throughout Epcot…it’s fantastic! :)

We eat salads like fiends in the summer. I pulled some chicken out of the freezer and just might try this tonight!


Anne Lucy June 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

We have had this salad from Applebees but without the chicken. I wrote down all the ingredients and we make at home but I never get the dressing right. I will try your dressing. Sometimes I add sliced “Asian seasoned” broiled tofu.


Sandi Benoit June 19, 2013 at 7:26 am

Gee, I’ve never printed a recipe, before I commented!! This is one of John’s fav salad’s from Applebee’s!! I’m in “salad mode” during the summer months, so this is a perfect “new addition” to the “mix!” Thank you Amy for sharing!!!
How I finally got John to take a vacation….bought a time share! He hates to waste money! So we’re guaranteed 2 weeks a year! This year, it’s fishing in the mountains of North Carolina! Disney is on my bucket list…as soon as the knees get better :(


Aggie June 19, 2013 at 7:25 am

Yay!! So glad you guys had a great vacay!! Disney (as tiring as it is) is always a great time.

This salad looks fantastic! I actually think my whole family would eat this one!


Erin | The Law Student's Wife June 19, 2013 at 6:33 am

Growing up, when we went out to dinner as a fam, Applebees was one of the few places we could agree on, and their Asian chicken salad was always my favorite. Love having an at-home version.
And Disney IS the happiest place on earth. Yay Mickey! And bubbles!


Jen @ Savory Simple June 19, 2013 at 6:28 am

Nine years is too long! You need to get away more often, it’s good for the sanity. So is this chicken salad :)


kari June 19, 2013 at 6:17 am

It does sound good and who doesn’t love super simple anyway. Frozen chicken fingers, yes ma’am.


Tieghan June 19, 2013 at 6:12 am

YUM! This sounds so good!


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