Copycat Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

I’ll admit, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with copycat recipes of late. I’m not sure if it is because I live so far from restaurants now, or because I just want to see if I can replicate restaurant food at home. I imagine it’s a little of both! This particular salad is my husband’s favorite thing from Applebee’s Restaurant, so I wanted to give it a try. There are several versions of the recipe on line, but I based mine off of one from .Looks good, right?!  What’s even better…it is very easy to put together with some pre-packaged items from the grocery store.

Copycat Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

Dressing – 
3 Tablespoons honey
1 1/2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup mayonnaise (*I use )
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
Salad – 
6 crispy chicken strips, cooked
Pre-packaged salad mix (w/romaine lettuce, carrots, and cabbage)
Pre-packaged coleslaw mix
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted (I used toasted sesame seeds instead)
1 cup Chow Mein noodles
  • For the Dressing 
Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.
Refrigerate while preparing salad.
  • For the Salad 
Cut chicken strips into bite size pieces. Set aside.
Mix together about half the bag of each of the pre-packaged salad and coleslaw mixes.
Top with cut up chicken, almonds & Chow Mein noodles. 
Drizzle the dressing on top, to taste.
Makes approx. 3 large salads
You can make as much or as little as you want by altering the amounts of salad used.  The amount of dressing used per salad is such an individual preference, so you may need more or less.  The amount listed was enough for 3 salads (a dinner sized salad entree) for us, but my husband said he would have liked more dressing (he likes a lot, where I like just a little!)
I added mandarin oranges to my salad, and I used toasted sesame seeds in the place of almonds, just because I love them! This was a convenient, filling and delicious salad, and I can’t wait to tackle my next copycat recipe!  So far, I’ve tried Copycat Chick-fil-a ChickenOlive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, and Chili’s Monterey Chicken.
Have you got a restaurant favorite that you make at home? I’d love to hear about it!
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9 thoughts on “Copycat Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

  1. Yum!!! Sounds deeelish! I love to copy cat restaurant and frozen food snacks! I'm going to make this! Yum! oh did I say that 🙂

  2. That looks so good!! I've made a copy cat version of Panera's broccoli cheddar soup which is my favorite. My daughter works there now and after her first day she said "Mom, sit down. Panera doesn't make their soups in house – they come in giant frozen bags and we just thaw them in hot water."

    I imagined people getting to the store at 4:00 a.m. to make the soup! The only thing they make in house is the bread – even the pastries are shipped in!

  3. This is my favorite dish at Applebee's! I can't wait to try this! Pinned and new follower on T, P and FB!

    Come party with APIMP!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.

    Hugs, Cathy

  4. I've never had the original but boy does this look good. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  5. Oh yeh Honey…YOU are speakin my language now! =) This is MY favorite dish from Applebee's and I'm elated to see a testimony of how close this yummy recipe comes to the real thing. Pinning!! Thanks SOO much for sharing at Weekend Potluck…and for linking back. Can't wait to see what you'll bring next week.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into Paradise TGIF Link Party.

    I hope you will come party with us next week and see if you were featured!

    Have a great week!

    Hugs! Cathy

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