We took all the the great flavor of a traditional crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad and loaded it with garden-fresh ingredients. Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes.
1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
2 navel oranges (see notes)
About 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 fresh wonton wrappers, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips (see notes)
6 cups finely shredded cabbage
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
Spicy soy-ginger dressing (recipe follows)
1 large avocado, cubed
4 green onions (including green tops), sliced diagonally
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
How to Make It
In a 2- to 3-quart pan over high heat, bring about 1 quart water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, then plunge asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
Cut off and discard ends from oranges. Following the curve of the fruit, cut off peel and outer membrane. Slice oranges crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, then cut these rounds into quarters. Set aside.
Pour the vegetable oil into a 3- to 4-quart pan (the oil should be about 1/2 inch deep) and set over medium-high heat. When oil reaches 350°, add wonton strips and fry, stirring, until golden brown on both sides, about 30 seconds total. Lift out with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels to drain.
In a large serving bowl, toss the cabbage, chicken, and asparagus with the dressing. Top with avocado, orange slices, and wonton strips, then garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Spicy soy-ginger dressing. In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon Asian red chile sauce (such as Sriracha), and 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger. Slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup vegetable oil or grapeseed oil, whisking constantly. Season with salt to taste.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
Notes: To save time, you can use store-bought crispy wontons or chow mein noodles instead of frying your own. You can also substitute one 11-ounce can of mandarin oranges for the fresh orange slices.
Though the recipe is yummy, I gave it 3 stars. If you follow this recipe word for word, too much time has been spent IMO. I followed the Notes suggestions to save time, plus substituted bell peppers/cucumbers for the asparagus. Used pre-shredded cabbage and rotisserie chicken breasts as well. If/when I get asparagus, I think it will taste better roasted than raw. I didn't find the dressing hot spicy; it gave it a nice zing. Loving the wonton noodle topping.
My whole family (3 kids aged 15, 11 and 3 plus husband) loved this. My son, who doesn't usually enthuse too much about food, keeps bugging me to make it again. So refreshing in the hot weather, and the little bit of sweetness is appealing to the kids. We left the chilli out of the dish for the littlies, and my husband and I sprinkled chilli flakes on ours.
Variations: I have since done this using tiny florets of raw broccoli instead of asparagus and using toasted almonds instead of won tons or noodles. Quicker and healthier and still tastes fantastic!