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A large white bowl of mandarin chicken salad.
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Mandarin Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This Mandarin chicken salad ups the ante of what a chicken salad can be. It’s piled high with sweet mandarins, shredded chicken, avocado, crunchy toppings, and tossed with a zingy lemon vinaigrette. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Marinating Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Salad, Mandarin Chicken Salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 2 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 5 cups spinach
  • 4 mandarins peeled and separated
  • 1 avocado ripe and diced
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • sprinkle of black and white sesame seeds

Lemon Vinaigrette:


  • Mix the vinaigrette ingredients together and pour 3/4 of it into a container, along with the chicken to marinate. Ideally, you should marinate the chicken for a few hours, but 30 minutes is fine as well.
    Marinating chicken for mandarin chicken salad
  • Preheat your oven to 425F and add the marinated chicken breasts to a baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.
    Baking chicken for mandarin chicken salad
  • Shred the chicken using either a fork or a stand mixer. Then in a large mixing bowl, toss all the ingredients together. Drizzle the remaining lemon vinaigrette on top.
    A bowl of mandarin chicken salad next to serving spoons.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 1183mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 4337IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 2mg