Chinese Chicken Maifun Salad

Sadly, this week, I have no funny back story for this recipe.  There are lots of versions of Chinese chicken salad out there, and this is merely one of them.  This was a re-engineered recipe of a Chinese chicken salad I’ve enjoyed over the years from Flaming Wok at Meadowood Mall.

I know, it may seem silly to reconstruct a salad made from a Chinese fast food place, but it was one of my favorites, so I had to try.  Plus, every time I would buy this salad I thought, why can’t I just make this?  It’s not complex; very few ingredients.

If you take anything away from this blog post, I hope it’s that you learn the ease and deliciousness of poaching chicken as a cooking method.  And seeing how fun it is to fry maifun noodles.

3-4 chicken tenderloins; poached; then thinly sliced
1 head iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced
Maifun noodles (cook as many as desired, sometimes you can get carried away cooking them because it’s so fun!)
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 green onions chopped (optional)

For the Dressing:
2 Tsp. Sesame Oil
1/4 Canola Oil (salad oil)
1/4 Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Sugar

– Directions –
To Poach Chicken: Boil a pot of water large enough to house chicken pieces. Chicken can be frozen or thawed.  Once water is boiling, drop in chicken, and turn heat down to a temperature where the water is swirling, but not boiling. For frozen chicken, you may have to leave it in for 15 minutes, thawed chicken; it should cook within 5-6 minutes.

To fry maifun noodles:  Heat at least 2 inches of oil in a pot.  Temperature should reach 375-400 degrees, but if you don’t have a thermometer, it’s OK. Monitor the oil, and periodically drop in a bit of small noodle.  If it sizzles and rises to the top fast, your oil is ready.  Proceed to cook as many noodles as desired.


Dressing:  Combine ingredients, and mix thoroughly.

Assemble the salad:  Combine thinly sliced lettuce with chicken, and sesame seeds.  Just before serving, toss in dressing and maifun noodles.  Serve immediately.



I hope you enjoy this simple salad.  Let me know what you think.


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