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Chicken Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

Chicken Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing Recipe

You can replace the steamed chicken with shredded supermarket rotisserie chicken breast as a short cut & time-saver.

Check out the step-by-step photos on the previous page.


  • 1 boneless & skinless chicken breast
  • 4 slices ginger
  • 1 tbsp Japanese sake
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 1 Japanese cucumber thinly shredded
  • 8 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 tbsp chopped spring onions
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

(A) Creamy Sesame Sauce

  • 3 tbsp Japanese sesame sauce (goma dare ごまだれ)
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chicken steaming liquid (or chicken stock)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (or extra-virgin olive oil)


  1. Prepare chicken breast by making a few deep slits without cutting all the way through at the thicker parts of the chicken.  This helps the chicken to cook evenly.
  2. Steam the chicken. Place the chicken breast on top of ginger slices on a steaming plate. Drizzle 1 tbsp sake and sprinkle salt over the chicken. Steam for about 8 mins.
  3. Shred the chicken when it is cooled. Run the steaming juices through a fine sieve and set aside.
  4. Prepare salad dressing by whisking (A) until smooth and well-combined. Set aside.
  5. Assemble the salad. In a large salad bowl, add shredded chicken, cucumber and cherry tomato. You can keep the salad, cling wrapped & chilled in the fridge, until ready to serve.
  6. To serve, drizzle the salad dressing over the salad. Toss to coat well. Garnish with spring onions & sesame seeds.

Cooking Note(s):

  1. The chicken steaming liquid is rich and delicious. Since only a few spoons are used for the salad sauce, the leftover liquid can be used for stir-fries or you can also drink it on its own.
  2. Instead of 1 big salad, you can also divide the salad and dressing into two serving bowls.
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2 comments on “Chicken Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing”

  1. So appetizing! I like dressings made with sesame or peanut sauce.

  2. 天啊!I also made something similar (just have not posted yet). A little sesame oil goes a long way. Yumm!

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