Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad is cornflake crusted chicken on a bed of greens and veggies topped with a sweet oriental honey mustard dressing!  This copycat recipe is spot on!

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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!

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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.

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Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 35 mins


Honey Oriental Dressing

  • 6 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

For the Salad

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Corn Flakes cereal , crushed into crumbs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups oil (vegetable or canola), for frying
  • 6 cups Romaine lettuces , chopped
  • 1 cup red cabbage , chopped
  • 1 cup napa cabbage , chopped
  • 2 carrots , shredded
  • 2 green onions , chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber , chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons slivered almonds


  • Blend together all ingredients for the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • 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.)
  • In a small bowl beat the egg and milk together. In another bowl combine the flour, cornflake crumbs and salt and pepper.
  • 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.
  • Prepare the salad: Combine the romaine, red cabbage, napa cabbage, carrots, onions and cucumber.
  • Add chicken pieces on top and sprinkle with almonds. Serve with the honey oriental dressing!


Recipe from the Book Top Secret Restaurant Recipes, found here.


Calories: 967kcalCarbohydrates: 114gProtein: 28gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 802mgPotassium: 1038mgFiber: 7gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 13070IUVitamin C: 48.7mgCalcium: 205mgIron: 20.8mg

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  1. Sounds great. I’ll make my chicken in the air fryer to cut the fat and calories down. Thanks.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely one of the best salads I’ve ever eaten. And the dressing is so easy and so delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! My kids thought the chicken tenders were the best I’ve made, and I’ve tried many recipes over the years. I double dipped mine for extra crunch.

  4. 5 stars
    Perfect dressing – perfect salad. I make it vegetarian with toasted almonds instead of chicken an add some avacado and fresh cilantro for extra texture and flavor and nutrients. Also, used 100% napa cabbage without adding romaine and the salad can be chopped and stays fresh for meal planning all week that way.

  5. 5 stars
    Super delicious, lots of veggies and the sweet asian dressing is lovely. I was able to convince the little kids to dip their veggies in it. Chicken was also super yummy! Thanks!

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