Helping Hands in the Kitchen: Mandarin Chicken Salad

A bowl of Mandarin Chicken Salad featuring fresh greens, slices of grilled chicken, and mandarin oranges

With its combination of tender chicken, crispy greens, sweet mandarins, and crunchy almonds, this dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Whether you are looking for a quick and easy lunch or a refreshing dinner, this Mandarin Chicken Salad recipe is the perfect choice. So, let’s get started and learn how to make this delicious salad!

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EQUIPMENT: Cutting board, chef’s knife, measuring cups, pan, lid, spatula, large mixing bowl, utensils to toss salad, serving bowl


  • 2 cups canned or packaged chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup roasted sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice or egg noodles
  • 4 cups raw cabbage (or leafy green of choice), shredded
  • 1 cup canned mandarin orange, drained and rinsed
  • Coconut aminos or soy sauce, to taste
  • Optional Toppings:
    • Sesame seeds, ginger, sliced almonds, scallions


  1. Prepare chicken, squash, and rice/rice noodles as directed. Set aside.
  2. Chop cabbage until leaves are about 1 inch thick.
  3. Add all ingredients to bowl.
  4. Toss ensuring that the ingredients are evenly distributed and coated in the dressing.
  5. Serve in individual bowls and top with desired toppings. Enjoy!



Cabbage is low in calories but high in nutrients! It contains a significant amount of vitamins C which supports the immune system and vitamin K which is necessary for maintaining strong bones.

Sweet potatoes are antioxidant rich which helps the body prevent and fight chronic diseases.

Left: Cabbage
Right: Sweet potatoes

Recipe provided by Gabrielle La Chapelle
Maryland University of Integrative Health