I’ve been wanting to make Panera’s Asian Sesame Chicken Salad since the first time I had it a few months ago. (Side note, despite eating at Panera for years, it is only with great reluctance that I occasionally try a new menu item. It’s so hard to deviate from what you like. You know?)
I’m one of those types who, when I find a dish I really like, wants to try to recreate it at home. I know – weird hobby right?
But in any event, I never got around to it… Until this past weekend!
I didn’t recreate it myself, I just slightly tweaked the recipe from Panera’s website (hey I’ve got 2 kids under the age of 2!). This homemade version of Panera’s Asian Sesame Chicken Salad came out just a little different, I think a little less sweet possibly, but still good. Rachel added in mandarin oranges, I thought it was fine as is.
For the chicken I just grilled up some plain chicken breasts, unseasoned. But Rachel and I both agree it would be really good marinated in this Asian Ginger marinade.
I know, I know – A few days before Thanksgiving and we’re showcasing this salad? Trust me – if not now, after Thanksgiving you are going to love a simple and lighter salad like this. So enjoy your turkey, stuffing, and tons of sides, and enjoy your day after thanksgiving turkey sandwich. Then, come back and try this salad out.
Adapted from: Panera Bread