No matter how many times I have a really good salad, I always find myself mulling over how much better it was than I expected. There's something about a salad that is packed with all different flavors that makes it so fun to eat. Each bite is a little different and for the notorious fast-eaters out there (*raises hand*), a good salad can really be enjoyed. This crunchy, fresh, colorful, and filling recipe checks all the boxes. I promise it will leave you feeling energized and satisfied, the best of both worlds.
In my opinion, a really good salad always has a couple things in common. It's always got a variety of ingredients, some protein, something crunchy, and lots of color! This salad checks all those boxes, and is truly one of our favorites.
The only cooking involved in this salad is the chicken. This salad is topped with a sesame crispy chicken, which is so delicious and crunchy, and is topped with the most umami-flavored sauce. It adds so much to this salad and will also be sure to fill you up. The most important thing to keep in mind here is you want your chicken to be pounded super thin. In my opinion, thinly sliced chicken on a salad is the best way to have it! It ensures a little bit in every bite, and is also much easier to eat with a fork. So put those chicken breasts between some plastic wrap on a cutting board and pound them nice and thin!
You'll start by grabbing the ingredients for the crispy coating:
The panko and sesame seeds get extra crispy in the oven, and the eggs really help the panko mix stick to the chicken. A light drizzle of olive oil helps everything become nice and golden, and gives an extra crunch!
This chicken is super easy to make, and really quick too. All you'll need to do is:
I love this chicken because it's not super heavy since it's baked, but it also gets super crispy and delicious like a coated pan-fried chicken breast would. I promise it's worth it to make this delicious and crunchy topping for this salad! Now for the sauce...
Okay this sauce is SO good. It's sticky, soy-flavored, umami goodness that makes this chicken! You'll just need to grab:
While the chicken is cooking, 1) heat the sesame oil in a small saucepan over medium heat 2) add the garlic, crushed red pepper, and ginger, stirring until fragrant, for 2-3 minutes 3) reduce the heat to low and add the soy sauce and honey, simmering until thickened, about 3-4 minutes. And finally, drizzle this sauce over each chicken breast and admire the sticky goodness!
This salad is truly one of my all time flavor combinations. It also comes out so colorful which in my opinion, always makes salads more fun to eat. This salad is one of those where I can also eat it for dinner, and be EXTREMELY happy with how tasty it is, not even just for a salad, but in general! The other ingredients in this chicken salad are:
Add all these ingredients to a large bowl, and top with the chicken, which I like to slice into thin strips!
This vinaigrette is my favorite, and the lime juice it has in it is what makes it for me! Super zesty and also umami-flavored, this vinaigrette really brings all the other ingredients together. All you'll need for this is:
Whisk these ingredients together and if you like extra dressing, feel free to double this vinaigrette recipe up!
This salad is fresh, satisfying, colorful, and fun - everything we always want in a salad that's good enough for dinner, and light enough for lunch. Squeeze on some extra lime juice and enjoy this packed sesame crispy chicken salad!
Refreshing and healthy, a lunch or dinner-worthy sesame crispy chicken salad packed with crunchy, flavorful, and colorful fruits and veggies.
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