Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad (copycat)

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I just have to say right off the bat that this Oriental Chicken Salad is one of my all time favorites — it’s just plain AMAZING!  I honestly like it even better than the salad from Applebee’s because it’s fresher and tastier made from scratch! The dressing is a honey mustard oriental sauce that’s out of this world–and SO easy. It’s made with crisp cabbage and lots of other yummy and colorful veggies that give it an awesome crunch. And it has the yummiest cornflake crusted, juicy, crispy chicken on top! Put all of those things together and you’ve got one killer salad!

Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad copycat recipe from

In this recipe, the chicken is coated in cornflakes and then fried. If you’d rather make a healthier version, check out this recipe from my blog for an easy baked cornflake crusted chicken recipe.

Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad copycat recipe from


Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad Copycat
Serves 4
A crispy bed of greens and veggies topped with cornflake crusted chicken and a sweet oriental honey mustard dressing!
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Honey Oriental Dressing
  1. 6 Tbsp honey
  2. 3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  3. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  4. 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  5. 1/4 tsp sesame oil
For the Salad
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1 cup flour
  4. 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  5. salt and pepper
  6. 2 chicken breasts
  7. 3 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  8. 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  9. 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  10. 1 cup chopped napa cabbage
  11. 2 carrot, shredded
  12. 2 green onion, chopped
  13. 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  14. 2 Tbsp slivered almonds
  1. Blend together all ingredients for the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Preheat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. You want the oil at about 350 degrees F, (or test the oil by putting a small piece of torn bread into the pot and if the bread sizzles, it's ready, if it just floats there, it's not.)
  3. In a small bowl beat the egg and milk together. In another bowl combine the flour, cornflake crumbs and salt and pepper.
  4. Cut chicken breast into several long thin strips. Dip the strips in the egg mixture, and then into the flour mixture, coating completely. Add chicken strips to the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes or until cooked through and coating is dark golden brown.
  5. Prepare the salad: Combine the romaine, red cabbage, napa cabbage, carrots, onions and cucumber.
  6. Add chicken pieces on top and sprinkle with almonds. Serve with the honey oriental dressing!
Tastes Better From Scratch

 Check out some of my other favorite salads:

ChickenCaesarPastaSalad  chxspinsalad Taco Salad

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad | Teriyaki Spinach Chicken Bowtie Salad | Baked Taco Salad Bowls


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  1. Heather says

    Made this tonight.. loved it! Added just a smidge more honey, as for some reason my kids found the dressing too be a tad bit tart.. but I may have been shy with the honey or maybe used too much vinegar idk. anyways it was great, thanks!

  2. sarah says

    I love this salad! Do you know how to make that teriyaki-sake sauce is that they put over the top of the chicken? That is my favorite part of the salad. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Jen says

    I’ve made this twice now and my husband and I both really like it. Thanks for the recipe. My 7 year old, not so much but she just eats the chicken instead.

  4. xeta says

    Just in case anyone wants a truly simple dressing that will surprise at just how much it tastes like Applebees (discovered by accident) check this out. Publix had a sale on coleslaw and Marie’s Coleslaw dressing. I’d never tried this Marie’s dressing before and I wanted coleslaw!. Upon looking at it the consistency it looked like Applebees. Upon tasting it i thought wow, it’s really close! I then bought some sesame oil and Dijon. Added it to taste and I couldn’t believe how good it is! I initially used a little of the original coleslaw for tomorrows lunch but then just made the whole bottle as oriental dressing. Totally awesome!

  5. Nancy Clarke says

    It’s funny that your directions don’t mention the use of the cornflake crumbs. But, I’m sure most of us can figure it out. 🙂


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