Panera Bread Asian Sesame Chicken Salad - Copycat

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by mailbelle

Chicken, romaine, cilantro, almonds, sesame seeds, crispy wonton strips, and an Asian sesame vinaigrette. Mmmmmmm! From America's Most Wanted Recipes - Copycat Versions of Everyone's Best-Loved Food.

Top Review by eastcoastbell

The dressing is definitely not the dressing Panara uses on their Asian Sesame Seed Salad. It does not have soy sauce in it or red pepper. Its clear and sweet. Much lighter than this dressing. When I was making it I knew it didn't have soy sauce in it but made it anyway and was disappointed I wasted my ingredients. Maybe I'll use it to marinate some meat.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Cut the wonton wrappers into 1/4-inch strips.
  3. Heat about 2 inches of canola oil to 365° in a heavy skillet. Fry the wonton strips in the oil until they are crisp, about 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  4. Spread the almonds out on a baking sheet. Toast them in the oven for 5 minutes, toss them around, and then toast for 5 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  5. To make the dressing, in a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except the oil. Use a wire whisk to blend well and then slowly drizzle in the oil to create an emulsion.
  6. To assemble the salad, in a large bowl, toss the romaine lettuce, cilantro, fried wonton strips, chicken and dressing.
  7. Transfer to plates and top with the sesame seeds and almonds.

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