Hilary’s Chinese Chicken Salad

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Mar 262013
Hilary's Chinese Chicken Salad

Hilary’s Chinese Chicken Salad

For Jared and Izabella’s wedding shower, Natalie’s sister, Valarie, made a wonderful chicken salad that came from her daughter Hilary’s recipe. There were many requests at the shower for the recipe, so here it is. This is an easy-to-make healthy recipe that can easily be scaled up for a crowd.

Valarie says that the salad is also delicious when served in taco shells.

Hilary’s Chinese Chicken Salad
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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Category: Asian, Main Entrees, Salad

Author: Mark Karney


  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 pkg. Ramen noodles
  • 4 oz. sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper


  • Simmer the chicken breasts in water until done, about 45 minutes.
  • Break Ramen noodles into small pieces, and mix with almonds and sesame seeds.
  • Toast the noodles, almonds and sesame seeds on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven until golden brown. (About 10 minutes)
  • Dice the chicken and mix with the shredded cabbage.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients together and shake well in a sealed container.
  • Add the dressing and the noodle, almond and sesame mixture to the cabbage and chicken, just before serving.


Adjust the amount of cabbage as you desire for the amount of chicken used. Some people like less cabbage and more chicken.

Cook the chicken in chicken broth for more flavor, then use the cooking liquid to make soup.

You can make the dressing, toasted noodle mixture, chicken and cabbage in advance and toss them together at the last minute for a nice crisp salad.

You could optionally add cashew nuts to the salad.

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Thai Chicken In Napa Cabbage

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Feb 212012

This is a quick and almost foolproof recipe with a bit of spice. It’s light and healthy and one of our favorite summer recipes, although it’s good any time of year.

Thai Chicken In Napa Cabbage
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Category: Asian, Main Entrees, Poultry

Author: Mark Karney


  • 1 lb. Ground Chicken
  • 1 large Red Onion
  • 4 cloves of Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 3 Tbsp. Red Curry Paste
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh Lime Juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Napa Cabbage


  • Chop the red onion and the garlic and fry in a little olive oil until translucent.
  • Add 1 pound ground chicken and continue cooking.
  • Add enough low-sodium chicken broth to keep the chicken from burning.
  • Cook till done and until most of the liquid is evaporated.
  • Mix about 2 or 3 Tbsp. of Red Thai Curry Paste with a little broth and add it into the mixture. Stir until well blended.
  • Taste and add a bit of salt if needed.
  • Add about one bunch of chopped cilantro and about 3 Tbsp of fresh lime juice and stir into the mixture. Remove from heat.
  • Serve in Napa Cabbage leaves.


The curry paste is where most of the flavor comes from. You might be able to find it in the oriental section of the supermarket. If the mixture is too spicy for your taste, back off on the curry paste.

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Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce

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Dec 102011

This is great to dip chicken fingers or grilled chicken strips in. It’s great for with cold chicken strips for a picnic at Ravinia.

Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Category: Asian, Sauce & Condiment, Vegetarian

Author: Mark Karney


  • ½ c Creamy peanut butter.
  • ½ c Hot water
  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Ginger
  • ½ tsp Tabasco or hot sauce (More if you like it spicier.)


  • Blend all ingredients well in the food processor.
  • Keep in the refrigerator.


You can pretty much adjust the spices to your own taste. An alternate recipe might have brown sugar, fresh garlic and more turmeric.

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