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Asian-spiced Chicken Salad Packed Lunch

Spicy Chicken Salad Packed Lunch Recipe

The chicken in this salad was made with the convenience of a rotisserie chicken breast from the supermarket deli. The shredded chicken breast is seasoned with sesame oil, soy sauce and Korean chilli flakes for a Asian spicy flavour.

The salad can be prepared the night before, and kept chilled in the fridge overnight, making it ideal for meal prep.


  • 1 rotisserie chicken breast shredded by hand; de-boned & skin removed; about 100g after prep
  • 1 serving (80g) salad leaves rinsed & spun dry

(A) Seasonings

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp gochugaru (Korean chilli powder) to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper for extra heat; to taste
  • sprinkle of dried parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste

(B) Quick Soy-Sesame Dressing

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil can substitute with evoo or other oils
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce use less if not using low-sodium variety

(C) Salad Toppings

  • small handful cherry tomatoes halved
  • small handful roasted almonds or favourite nuts
  • 1 serving (50g or more) cooked brown rice or any (complex) carb
  • 1 small lime or a wedge lemon


  1. Make seasoned chicken. Place shredded chicken breast in a wide bowl with seasonings (A). Mix well to combine.
  2. Make dressing by adding (B) in a food condiment container.
  3. Make salad. In a big take-out salad bowl, place salad leaves at the base. Place a piece of food-grade parchment or wax paper on top of the salad. Place seasoned chicken and salad toppings (C) on top of the wax paper, along with salad dressing at the side.
  4. When eating, remove paper. Squeeze lime (or lemon) over the chicken. Shake the dressing so that it is emulsified before pouring it over the salad. Toss and enjoy.
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2 comments on “Asian-spiced Chicken Salad Packed Lunch”

  1. That’s a healthy and mouthwatering packed lunch that fulfills all the nutritional needs!

  2. Great tip using the parchment paper as a separator. That lime at the corner will definitely freshen up everything in this salad, love it!

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