Sesame Chicken Salad


A salad made famous from Kylie Jenner

The sesame chicken salad that Kylie Jenner eats every day. Butter lettuce, shredded red cabbage, cilantro, green onion, almonds, sesames and grilled chicken are tossing in a creamy sesame tahini dressing.

Another TikTok inspired recipe, this sesame chicken salad recipe when viral because it’s what Kylie Jenner posted that she eats in a day. Similar to  other TikTok recipes like spicy Asian sesame salad and dalgona coffee, it’s a recipe that will have you hooked!

close up of a chicken salad with cilantro and purple cabbage on top

This salad recipe will soon be a favorite. I’ve made it so many times, that I triple the tahini dressing so I can quickly make up this chicken salad recipe at lunch.

Butter lettuce is mixed with shredded cabbage, cilantro, green onion, sliced almonds and a few different kinds of sesame seeds. These vegetables certainly pack crunch and a colorful spread. The most incredible sesame dressing made with tahini, soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar is drizzle on. Top it with grilled chicken or leave it out if you are vegan or vegetarian. This salad recipe is a lunch time favorite.

How to make sesame chicken salad

  1. Make dressing. Whisk together rice vinegar, toasted sesame seed oil, soy sauce, tahini, brown sugar substitute, salt and pepper.
  2. Add salad components. To the bowl, add lettuce, shredded red cabbage, green onion, cilantro, slivered or sliced almonds, toasted sesame seeds, black sesame seeds and grilled chicken.
  3. Toss to coat. Best enjoyed right away

a salad with leafy greens tossed around and a purple cabbage wedge above

Key ingredients & swaps

  • Tahini salad dressing – This sesame chicken dressing is easy to make. Everything gets whisked together in a bowl. Rice wine vinegar is used for acid to brighten up the dressing. White vinegar and apple cider vinegar can be used in it’s place. Toasted sesame seed oil brings flavor to the dressing. Soy sauce gives a salty umami flavor; however, tamari can be used if gluten free or liquid aminos and coconut aminos can be used if you can’t have soy. Tahini is used for flavor; however, you could substitute with almond butter or peanut butter.
  • Butter lettuce – A silky, soft lettuce that almost melts in your mouth especially when covered in tahini dressing. You can substitute with other lettuce varieties, like romaine, green leaf, red leaf or spring mix.
  • Red cabbage – Added for flavor, crunch and color, this purple cabbage also provides nutrition like Vitamin A, C and E and has anti-aging properties.
  • Green onion – For that hint of onion flavor, mild green onion is sliced up and added.
  • Cilantro – Added for flavor, it pairs nicely with the tahini salad dressing.
  • Slivered almonds – Provides crunch and complements the sesame dressing of this salad. May consider using roasted peanuts or walnuts in it’s place.
  • Sesame seeds – Two kinds of sesame seeds are added to this salad for color and flavor – toasted sesame seeds and black sesame seeds.
  • Chicken – It’s easiest to use grilled chicken. Grilled boneless, skinless chicken thighs has the best flavor; although, chicken breast or chicken tenders can also be used. This chicken salad recipe is a great way to use up leftover chicken. For a quick meal, pick up a rotisserie chicken from the deli and use it to make shredded chicken for your Asian sesame chicken salad.

Sesame Chicken Salad Recipe Video

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Sesame Chicken Salad Ingredients

Sesame Chicken Salad Directions

  • Sesame Chicken Salad
  • two images the top is a bowl with lettuce, chicken, almonds, cilantro and purple cabbage in it, the second is the assembled salad with those ingredients and a pair of gold tongs on top

    What is tahini?

    Tahini is a seed butter made from ground sesame seeds. It can also be made thicker into a paste. Tahini is a common ingredient used in the Mediterranean and Middle East.

    For a substitute, try peanut butter or almond butter.

    a bowl of salad with tongs sits in front of a bigger salad bowl and a red cabbage wedge

    Storage information & meal prep

    Like most chicken salad recipes, this sesame salad is best eaten right away. Otherwise the lettuce will begin to wilt and get mushy the longer it sit in the sesame dressing.

    The salad dressing can be made ahead of time and you can make it in bulk as well. That way you can enjoy a healthy salad throughout the week.

    Sesame Chicken Salad: FAQS

    Can I add mandarin orange slices?

    Yes, but they are higher in carbohydrates, so if you are watching your sugar and carb intake, it would be best to omit this.

    Can I add crispy wontons?

    Yes, however, this will add more carbohydrates. Same with chow mein noodles. You can make your own low carb wonton strips by frying strips of low carb tortillas in avocado oil.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Sesame Chicken Salad

    Servings: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 440
    Fat 27.7g
    Protein 37.4g
    Total Carbs 9.3g
    Net Carbs 6.9g

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    1. I just made this but since I didn’t have tahini and did not want to make my own due to time, I used peanut butter instead and used pecans as well and it was delicious

    2. I made this, so good! I added lime juice (lots) and more soy sauce. Also used my mini food processor as whisking the tahini wasn’t working out :). This will be a regular salad dressing in my house from now on. Enjoy so many of your recipes and videos, thanks.

    3. Love this! I have made this several times now and I add chicken and a plant based salad topper with nuts and cranberries. I add peanut butter and extra soy to the dressing. Love this!

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