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This make-ahead Asian chicken salad recipe brings an Applebee's favorite home

This easy recipe, inspired by Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad, can be made up to three days ahead of serving, so it's perfect for lunch.
/ Source: TODAY Contributor

Believe us, we know — salad for lunch is a smart move, but it can get boring day in and day out. Restaurants know this, too; that's why they entice us so often with their crispy chicken and their irresistibly crunchy add-ins. For those afternoons when you can't spend your break power-lunching at a cushy booth, you can still give yourself a boost with a satisfying meal. This entrée salad, inspired by Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad, hits the spot and saves a few bucks in the process.

Make-Ahead Asian Chicken Salad recipe
Casey Barber

Make the chicken in advance or if you're really pressed for time, grab your favorite pre-cooked crispy chicken or grilled chicken from the supermarket prepared foods section.