Toasted Sesame Chicken Salad

I am a big fan of chicken salad!
I love it for lunch on a plate with fruit, I love it on a croissant as a sandwich, I love it wrapped up in a tortilla…basically, I love it any old way.  This version is a little Asian inspired and uses yummy sesame oil and a few toasted sesame seeds.  Make a big batch and enjoy it for several days.  This is the perfect summer food in my opinion!
(PS:  There are several ways to make this easy on yourself: you can make a batch of my perfect chicken, you can use a rotisserie chicken from your grocery store or you can use leftover chicken from the night before.  Easy!)
 This recipe serves four.
 Shopping List
1 pound of cooked and shredded chicken breasts
about 2 cups of shredded red cabbage
about 1½ cups of slivered almonds
about 8 to 10 green onions, chopped
1½ cups of mayonnaise
1½ tablespoons sesame oil
about 3 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds
liberal pinch of both salt and pepper
In a mixing bowl, combine all of your ingredients together with a spoon.  Make sure everything is nice and coated.  Cover and refrigerate at least one hour but up to 24 hours.  Remove from fridge, serve and enjoy.
So easy, right?  To get my sesame seeds toasted, I just place them in a clean/dry skillet over medium-high heat for about 2 or 3 minutes.  Also, sesame oil is more like a condiment than an oil.  It will give your salad an amazing toasted sesame flavor!
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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog May 8, 2018 at 4:34 am

    I love chicken and egg salad too! There’s just something about it that reminds me of my childhood. Love this sesame-inspired version, it looks really good. 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Erika Slaughter May 8, 2018 at 4:39 am

    YUM!! This sounds delicious!

  • Sheaffer Sims May 8, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Well, this sounds AMAZING!!!!

  • Pam Willis May 8, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Sounds delish. I make my own mayo because I don’t eat sugar, soy, dairy, etc. but all other ingredients in the recipe are clean so will be perfect. I wish I had some red cabbage because I would make it today. Thanks for sharing,

  • Narci Dreffs May 8, 2018 at 6:42 am

    This looks so good!!

  • Alexis deZayas May 8, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Chicken salad is one of my favorites!! This would be so yummy by the pool!

  • Karen Ivy May 8, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Okay, Shay!! I know you and I share something in common, right? A mayo phobia?? Girl, we get each other… So, for recipes like this, do you just not think about it? Or do you substitute it out in some of your recipes? Would Greek yogurt work? I’m very curious!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 8, 2018 at 9:05 am

      When mayo is stirred into things, it doesn’t bother me. It’s when it’s used as a condiment that I gag. I know. I’m so weird.

      • Aundi May 8, 2018 at 9:15 am

        Have you tried making your own mayo? It is SO easy and tastes WAY better than anything you buy in store. I do not like mayo in anything, on anything, etc. unless it is homemade.

  • Kim May 8, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Any suggestions for a mayo substitute? This recipe sounds amazing – except for the mayo part!

    • Mix and Match Mama May 8, 2018 at 10:39 am

      You could try Greek yogurt! Also, have you tried vegan mayo? It’s good too!

  • Amy S. May 8, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Sounds great! Does this keep in the fridge past the 24 hours or is that kind of a cut off for best taste/consistency? Trying to decide if I can make a big batch on Sunday to have for a few quick weekday lunches.

    • Mix and Match Mama May 8, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Yes!! I’ve made it twice in just the last month and have had it two days in a row both times (a great lunch!!).

  • Karen Ivy May 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    ha ha… 🙂

  • JennyLynn May 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    This may be a stupid question but is this chicken salad sweet at all or do you have suggestions on making it a little sweet, if it isn’t?

    • Mix and Match Mama May 22, 2018 at 5:27 am

      This one isn’t particularly sweet. It’s more savory with the sesame and onions.