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Chinese Chicken Salad


One of our favorite go-to weekend restaurants is a place called Rascals here in LA.  They’re known for their teriyaki chicken, but my favorite has always been their burgers and Chinese Chicken Salad!

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Most everyone knows that you could most burgers low-carb/keto by just ordering it protein style, but unfortunately, there is no way to get around the sugars in the Chinese Chicken Salad. 

So as I often have to with many of my favorite foods, I went to the drawing board and made my own low-carb/keto version of their Chinese Chicken Salad!

This one was actually really hard to replicate.  A simple google search will let you know what kind of ingredients go inside, so that wasn’t hard at all, but nailing down the ratio to get that perfect addictive sweet, sour and peppery dressing was hard! 

I probably used up nearly my vinegar bottle trying to figure it all out!  But  at the end, I produced a dressing recipe that I was very happy with!  I actually blind tasted this dressing against ‘Feast from the East’ and ‘Rascals’ and I preferred this one!

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On a side note – you can hack this recipe by picking up prepacked Chinese Chicken Salad from a local market and just make LCA’s dressing.  If you do this, make sure you donate the wontons/rice crackers inside.

The ingredients you need to enjoy this dish are Rice Vinegar, Sesame Oil, Swerve/Monkfruit, and optional Unflavored Pork Rinds, all of which can be purchased on Amazon or at local Asian supermarket (aside from Swerve/Monkfruit). 

Note – for the Rice Vinegar, make sure to use the non-sugar added version, which usually has a green cap (orange is sugar added).

Now, let’s get started!

Prepping Time 10M

Cook Time 20M

Total Time 30M

Net Carb/Serving ~1g

Servings 1

Ingredients

Salad

  • 4-5 Leaves of Iceberg Lettuce
  • 1 Chicken Thigh
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sliced/Crushed Almonds (optional)

Dressing

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

2) Add enough water to boil chicken thigh in a stove top pan.  Once water is boiling, add 1/2 tsp of salt and chicken thigh into stove top pan.  Reduce heat to medium, cover the pot 7/8 of the way to allow for evaporation, and cook for 20 minutes.

3) In the meantime, prepare, wash, dry lettuce leaves as needed.  Cut into 1/2 inch width bite sizes and place into a bowl.

4) Optional – if you have pre-sliced or pre-crushed almonds, you can skip this step.  If you have whole almonds, put almonds in a food processor and pulse until almonds are in smaller pieces (or you can just break them up with kitchen mallet).  Set aside.

5) In a small Teflon fry pan, add Swerve/Monkfruit and water, bring to boil.  Once boiling, remove from heat and once it completed cools down, transfer to a dressing mixing bottle or a mixing bowl.

6) Add Rice Vinegar, Sesame Oil, vegetable oil, salt and black pepper into mixing bottle or a mixing bowl.  Shake/mix well and set aside.

7) Once 20 minutes has passed, pull chicken from pot and place onto a cutting board (you can save the broth and make our Mom’s Japanese Chicken Soup).  With a knife and tongs, gently sweep the knife left to right with the knife pointing with the grain of the meat.  The chicken should pull apart and form shreds.

8) Combine shredded chicken, sliced/crushed almonds, pork rinds, dressing (to taste) into lettuce bowl and toss well.  Note – make sure you vigorously shake dressing prior to serving as settling will occur.

Hope you enjoy your low-carb/keto Chinese Chicken Salad!

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Chinese Chicken Salad with Dressing

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Chinese Chicken Salad with Dressing.  Enjoy this delicious fusion at only ~1g Net Carb / Serving. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
4.6 from 5 votes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian American
Keyword: ketochickensalad, ketosaladdressing, lowcarbchickensalad, lowcarbsaladdressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 Bowl
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Ingredients

Salad

  • 4-5 Leaves Iceberg Lettuce
  • 1 Piece Chicken Thigh
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sliced/Crushed Almonds

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Swerve or Monkfruit
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Add enough water to boil chicken thigh in a stove top pan. Once water is boiling, add 1/2 tsp of salt and chicken thigh into stove top pan. Reduce heat to medium, cover the pot 7/8 of the way to allow for evaporation, and cook for 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare, wash, dry lettuce leaves as needed. Cut into 1/2 inch width bite sizes and place into a bowl.
  • Optional - if you have pre-sliced or pre-crushed almonds, you can skip this step. If you have whole almonds, put almonds in a food processor and pulse until almonds are in smaller pieces (or you can just break them up with kitchen mallet). Set aside.
  • In a small Teflon fry pan, add Swerve/Monkfruit and water, bring to boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and once it completed cools down, transfer to a dressing mixing bottle or a mixing bowl.
  • Add Rice Vinegar, Sesame Oil, vegetable oil, salt and black pepper into mixing bottle or a mixing bowl. Shake/mix well and set aside.
  • Once 20 minutes has passed, pull chicken from pot and place onto a cutting board (you can save the broth and make our Mom's Japanese Chicken Soup). With a knife and tongs, gently sweep the knife left to right with the knife pointing with the grain of the meat. The chicken should pull apart and form shreds.
  • Combine shredded chicken, sliced/crushed almonds, pork rinds, dressing (to tastinto lettuce bowl and toss well. Note - make sure you vigorously shake dressing prior to serving as settling will occur.

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