Our Favorite Recipes: Copycat Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad

If you’ve had the Asian Sesame Chicken Salad from Panera Bread, you know how delicious it is! This easy copycat recipe tastes just like the real thing – with the convenience of making it yourself!

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Copycat Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad Ingredients

  • 1 bag chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 4 medium chicken breasts


For the chicken marinade:

    • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce or gluten-free Tamari (dish will not be GF if using soy sauce)
    • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


For the dressing:

      • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
      • 1/4 cup sugar
      • 2 tablespoons canola oil
      • 1-1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • pepper
      • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown


Salad toppings:

        • Chopped cilantro
        • 11oz can mandarin oranges packed in water or 100% juice (rinse in water if packed in syrup)
        • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
        • Baked or fried wonton strips
        • Sesame seeds


  1. For the chicken: Whisk together chicken marinade ingredients, and marinate chicken for 15 minutes. Grill, or cook in a non-stick sprayed skillet until done, then let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Cut into slices.
  2. For the dressing: Bring vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat, then add in the sugar and stir until dissolved. Let cool. Combine with the rest of the dressing ingredients in a jar, and shake to combine.
  3. Divide lettuce and spinach between four plates. Top with sliced chicken, salad dressing, and toppings. (Add avocado for extra deliciousness!)

Recipe from Iowa Girl Eats

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