Cheap Chinese chicken salad recipe from Cheap Recipe Blog

There are a million different variations on the classic Chinese chicken salad. It’s a dish that shows up on many a restaurant menu. And it’s a dish that’s probably much more American than Chinese.

But there’s a reason why we keep seeing this salad over and over again.

Because it’s delicious.

My variation – and this should come as no surprise – is a budget-friendly take on the classic Chinese chicken salad. I ended up spending right around $4.00 for four large servings. I consider that a cheap recipe win.

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Cheap Chinese chicken salad recipe from Cheap Recipe Blog

Cheap Chinese Chicken Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 grilled chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • 3 green onions, chopped

For dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (or more)
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce (optional)


  1. For dressing: Combine all ingredients. Add more brown sugar, if desired (or adjust seasonings as needed).
  2. Toss cabbage and red peppers with dressing. Place in a serving dish, top with grilled chicken, chow mein noodles, and green onion.

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