Crunchy Cashew Chicken Salad Wraps


So my husband told me he doesn’t like chicken salad. I was appalled. To me, it’s kind of like saying, “I kick puppies” or “I hate America.” One does not simply dislike chicken salad. It just means you haven’t met the right one yet.

So, I took it as a challenge, American Gladiator style (I get to be Nitro, because he was my favorite). Break out the giant q-tips and your forks (what a combo) because it is ON.

attempt 1: a really nice Asian take on chicken salad, lightened up with only a little mayo in the sauce, and the addition of roasted cashews, mandarin oranges and scallions.

We’re having this tonight in a whole wheat wrap for dinner. I have my fingers crossed, but there’s more in the arsenal where this came from.

Your play, suitNtie.

Full disclosure:  he said it was too scallion-y.  That’s ok. We are one step closer to perfection.

Inspired by the Kitchn.

3 cups shredded cooked chicken (I ran 4 chicken breasts through my vitamix because I’m too lazy to hand shred. I also found this made for extremely even distribution of sauce)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup roughly chopped cashews or peanuts
sliced white sections of 1 bunch of scallions
1/2 cup sliced mandarin oranges or clementines, divided
2-3 tablespoons finely chopped red cabbage
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Fried Lo Mein noodles, for serving
Cedar’s whole wheat wraps

hoisin sauce to taste, 1 tbsp per wrap

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, mayonnaise, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, and Dijon mustard until combined. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste. Fold in the cashews, green onions, half of the mandarin oranges (the citrus will crush; you want this to happen), and the chopped red cabbage. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to marry. Taste and adjust ingredient amounts to personal preference. Spread a wrap with the hoisin sauce and dollop of chicken salad. Generously garnish with a mandarin oranges and fried noodles and roll up.  I found the oranges to really help with the overall flavor of the chicken salad.