This Orange Sesame Chicken Salad might be my new favourite recipe. Fresh orange is one of my favourite circuses to use in a salad. It’s bright, fresh and sweet without being overly acidic. Pair that with a super nutty and rich dressing, a crunchy base of shaved green cabbage and perfectly seasoned chicken breast and call it a night!

Orange Sesame Chicken Salad

Orange Sesame Chicken Salad – Always toast your nuts.

When I was on Master Chef, I picked up a ton of no brainer cooking tips. One of my favourites was to always make sure you toast your nuts. 

Thinking back, I don’t know why I was putting untoasted nuts on anything. 

When you properly toast a nut (like the slivered almonds in this recipe), you bring out all of the oils and fats. These oils are what give nuts their rich flavours. 

It also helps with their texture. An untoasted nut (like almonds) can be dry, crumbly and almost waxy. A properly toasted nut however can be crunchy, light and add a snap to any dish you’re making.

Orange Sesame Chicken Salad

Orange Sesame Chicken Salad – The perfect dressing.

There’s not much to say about this dressing other than how simple and tasty it is. 

For me, this is the perfect example of what a vinaigrette or dressing should be. 

Light, tangy, sweet, bright and nutty. 

The maple syrup and sesame oil combo is incredible, paired with the heat from the raw ginger – you got yourself something special! 

Give it a good mix in a bowl or a shake in a jar. Keep it stored in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Orange Sesame Chicken Salad

More love for cabbage.

I don’t think people give cabbage the credit it deserves, especially raw cabbage. 

It’s such a versatile ingredient. 

When used raw like in the salad, it stays crispy way longer than any other lettuce green, making it a great meal prep ingredient. It has super light flavours that let you pair it with pretty much any other ingredient. 

It takes heat incredibly well. You can grill it, steam it, sear it – do whatever you want to it and I guarantee it’ll be good. 

I’m not being paid by Big Cabbage to say this, but I wish I was! 

Other recipes to check out!

If you liked the sound of this Orange Sesame Chicken Salad, here are a few other salads that I think might be right up your alley!

Chicken Waldorf Salad

Miso Broccoli Salad

La Scala Chopped Salad

Orange Sesame Chicken Salad

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Orange Sesame Chicken Salad


  • 2 large Chicken Breast Cubbed
  • 5 cups Green Cabbage Shredded
  • 2 Oranges Segmented
  • 1 Avocado Diced
  • 1 cup Green Onions Sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro Chopped
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 cup Slivered Almonds Toasted
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds Toasted
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 cup Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 Orange Zested
  • 1 tbsp Orange Juice


  • Into a large bowl, add 2 diced up chicken breasts. Into the same bowl add 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp of kosher salt and 1 tsp of black pepper. Mix well.
  • Place a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add in 2 tbsp of olive oil and once heated, drop in your chicken. Cook for 8-10 or until all your chicken is golden brown and fully cooked. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Next up let's make the dressing. Into a mixing bowl add ½ cup of sesame oil, ¼ cup maple syrup, ⅓ cup soy sauce, 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 3 tbsp grated ginger, 1 orange zested and 1 tbsp of orange juice. Give that a mix and set aside.
  • Into a large salad bowl, add 5 cups of thinly shredded green cabbage, your cooked chicken, 2 segmented oranges, 1 diced avocado, 1 cup of sliced green onions, ¼ cup of chopped cilantro along with ½ cup of toasted slivered almonds and 2 tbsp of  toasted sesame seeds.
  • Add in your dressing and toss well. Garnish with more toasted almonds and sesame seeds.
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