Copycat Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup rice vinegar
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbs. sliced almonds
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 head red cabbage, sliced thin
1 head nappa cabbage, sliced thin
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
1/2 cup Chinese noodles
1 or 2 cans mandarin oranges, drained
For the dressing, blend together all of the ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk or mixer. Refrigerate while you work on the salad.
If you like crispy chicken, bake some frozen chicken strips (from the store) or bread your own chicken strips and bake until cooked through. If you want a healthier option, grill boneless chicken breast and cook until no longer pink in the center. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dice the cooked chicken into cubes and set aside while you prepare the salad.
Chop and slice into thin strips the romaine, nappa cabbage and place in a large salad bowl. Slice the red cabbage super thin as well and add to the salad bowl. To the salad, add the chopped chicken, sliced almonds, sliced red pepper, shredded carrots, diced celery and drained mandarin oranges. Drizzle the salad with the dressing and top with the Chinese noodles.