A few shortcuts I have found cut down the prep time and the salad is still delicious: 1. Use prepackaged cooked and sliced chicken tenders or canned chicken in water. 2. Ready salad mix works just as well. 3. Serve dressing and chow mein noodles on the side. That way, you can store the leftovers. This recipe makes a lot of salad, enough for two meals for 4 people. May have to cut it back by half for a small family.