Shredded Chicken Salad with Creamy Japanese Style Dressing

chicken salad
Serves: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

No boring salads here. This one is restaurant quality with plenty of flavour and no onion or garlic in sight! 


4 slices lean, short cut bacon

120 g 4.2 oz

Fresh ginger, peeled and finely cut into matchsticks

10 g 0.4 oz

1⅓  Tbsp soy sauce

20 g 0.7 oz

1⅓  Tbsp tahini

20 g 0.7 oz

1⅓  Tbsp miso paste

20 g 0.7 oz

2 tsp fish sauce

10 g 0.4 oz

¾ tsp sesame oil

4 g 0.1 oz

1 tsp white sugar

5 g 0.2 oz

2½  Tbsp lemon juice

40 g 1.4 oz

½ cup whole egg mayonnaise (if store-bought, check that no onion or garlic added)

115 g 4.1 oz

Salt and pepper, to season

1 small BBQ (Rotisserie) chicken, skin and stuffing removed and shredded

1000 g 35.3 oz

4 cups shredded cos or Iceberg lettuce

300 g 10.6 oz

2½  Tbsp chives, chopped

8 g 0.3 oz

Toasted sesame seeds for serving


  1. Pan fry bacon in a non-stick pan until cooked to your liking. Transfer onto paper towel to cool and then slice thinly.

  2. Cook ginger in a small saucepan of boiling water for 1 minute, Drain and rinse under cold water; set aside.

  3. Whisk soy sauce, tahini, miso, fish sauce, sesame oil, sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth.

  4. Place mayonnaise into a larger bowel and whisk until smooth. Gradually pour in the soy sauce mixture and whisk until combined. You may need to add a tablespoon or 2 of water to thin our the dressing. You want the dressing to be the consistency of thickened cream. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

  5. Toss the chicken and 1/2 the dressing in a large bowl to coat. Add the lettuce and bacon and the rest of the dressing.

  6. Serve on a large plate and sprinkle the chives and sesame seeds on top.


  • Dressing can be made 1 day ahead, just keep in the fridge.
  • This delicious recipe was adapted from Epicurious -Bon Appetit July 2017

Nutrition Information (per serve)
Energy 2294 Kj / 548 cal
Protein 47.00g
Carbohydrates 3.40g
Sugar 2.80g
Total Fat 38.20g
Saturated Fat 6.30g
Fibre 2.80g
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