Mandarin Chicken Salad Recipe

Published on July 6th 2022 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Tossing up a bowl of Mandarin Chicken Salad is a fast, easy and flavorful meal for lunch or dinner. Packed away, making it a quick meal prep for at work or school lunches. Simple leafy greens are mixed with classic bakes Carrot Ginger Dressing, garnished with sweet and tangy mandarin oranges, tart pomegranate seeds, and topped with juicy grilled chicken breast for some added lean protein.  

Mandarin oranges aren't only one of the most accessible types of fruit to peel. These tiny oranges are also full of fiber, and vitamins, especially vitamin C, that acts as a shield to ward off colds & also help with stomach cramps and nausea. Paired with the power of antioxidant-rich pomegranates, this simple salad is filled with the nutrients the body needs.  

What's in a mandarin chicken salad?

The salad contains mandarin oranges, pomegranates, mixed greens, carrot orange dressing, and grilled chicken. 

How do you make chicken salad dressing?

The carrot ginger dressing contains carrot, ginger, onion, maple syrup, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and canola oil. 

How many calories are in a Chinese chicken salad?

There are 516 calories in one serving of this recipe for Mandarin Chicken Salad. 

Do u put eggs in chicken salad?

You can most definitely add eggs to chicken salad. Try them boiled, poached, or sunny side up on your salad. This can make for a healthy brunch dish.  

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins


Grilled Chicken Breast
  • 1 large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

  • 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil 

  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt 

  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Peppercorns, ground 

  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Mandarin Chicken Salad
  • 2 Mandarin Oranges, peeled and sliced 

  • 1/4 Pomegranate, seeds only 

  • 3 cups Mixed Greens, washed and cut 

  • 1/4 recipe Carrot Ginger Dressing 


Grilled Chicken Breast

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, allowing it to heat up fully. 

Add the chicken breast to a bowl or plate, coating the chicken with the oil, salt & pepper. 

Spray the grill with the cooking spray, add the chicken to the grill placing the top side of the breast down. 

Grill for 2-3 minutes before giving the chicken breast a quarter of a turn, using a pair of kitchen tongs, making a cross-hatch pattern and cooking for an additional 2-3 minutes. 

Flip the chicken breast over, repeating the process on the other side.

To check if the chicken is fully cooked, a kitchen thermometer should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit when placed into the thickest part of the breast. If you aren't stocked with a thermometer in your kitchen, make a small cut into the thickest part of the chicken breast, using a paring knife. The meat shouldn't have any pink inside, and the juices should be running clear and not red.  

Let the chicken breast rest on a cutting board for a few minutes before slicing with a chef's knife. 

Mandarin Chicken Salad

Add the mixed greens into a mixing bowl, tossing the salad with carrot ginger dressing. 

Add the salad onto a serving platter, garnish with sliced mandarin oranges, pomegranate seeds and sliced chicken breast. 

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