If you're looking for a simple and healthy salad that won't make you want to cry, you've come to the right place. In fact, you may not even notice that you're eating salad. This orange chicken arugula and brown rice salad with shaved parmesan is the best way to eat arugula, and the homemade dressing (in the form of an orange ginger glaze) is out of this world. Seriously.
We must all find that one dish that actually meets every single craving. Try this!
Savory and sweet, crunchy and hardy, fresh and absolutely irresistible.
This salad is packed with so much bursting flavor that it is easy to miss all of the nutritional value snuck in!
Spoiler alert: It is also excellent as a leftover!
Making the Meat of Your Salad: Shredded Chicken
You really can't make this salad without the orange chicken. You can grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and pull the meat off, but once you see how easy it is to make your own shredded chicken, you'll be whipping up a batch on your own.
Watch the video below to see the easiest way to make shredded chicken.
If you make a batch of shredded chicken as part of your monthly meal prep, you can serve this orange chicken arugula and brown rice salad with shaved parmesan at least once a week and have it on the table in no time!
How to Make Orange Chicken Arugula & Brown Rice Salad with Shaved Parmesan and Orange Ginger Glaze
Once you have your base (shredded chicken), the rest is about as easy as it gets.
My favorite part about this salad is that it can be served at the temperature of your choice - hot, room temp or chilled. Which means that you can prep everything in advance and toss it together straight out of the fridge whenever you're ready to eat.
How great is that?
And do not get overwhelmed by the the orange ginger glaze. It seriously is just a matter of dumping some ingredients into a pyrex dish, giving it a whisk, and adding it to your salad.
Boom. So easy.
Orange Chicken Arugula & Brown Rice Salad with Shaved Parmesan and Orange Ginger Glaze RecipePrint
- 1-2 Cups Shredded Chicken (1-2 chicken breasts - click here to see the easiest way to make shredded chicken.)
- 1 Cup Brown Rice (prepared)
- 1 Bag of fresh Arugula
- Shaved parmesan
- 1-2 oranges or clementines (optional)
Orange Ginger Glaze
- Juice from 1- 1 ½ oranges
- 2 TBS orange zest
- 6 cloves of fresh garlic
- ¼ Cup soy sauce
- 1 ½ TBS brown sugar
- ¼ tsp fresh ginger
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
- Prepare shredded chicken. Shredded chicken can be served hot, cold, or room temperature!
- Prepare brown rice according to cooking instructions. Set aside.
- To make the orange ginger glaze dressing: In large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, and spices. Add minced garlic and fresh squeezed orange juice. Grate orange peel lightly to create 2 TBS of zest. Add ½ of the zest to the sauce and set aside the rest to be sprinkled on salad.
- In salad bowl, combine cooked brown rice, shredded chicken, and Arugula. Mix and drizzle with Orange Ginger Glaze, top with sprinkled orange zest, fresh shaved parmesan cheese clementine or orange slices.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Salad, Lunch, Dinner
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: healthy, salad, shredded chicken, lunch, dinner, fast, delicious, orange, dressing
MY FAVORITE SHREDDED CHICKEN RECIPE IDEAS
Listen, when I first started making batches of shredded chicken, I kept things fairly basic. I used it in sandwiches and tossed it on my salads.
But I've come a long way, baby.
I've figured out a way to incorporate shredded chicken into just about everything we're eating. I don't because - you know - the entire family might start a revolt against shredded chicken.
BUT - it's comforting to know that even on the nights when we have no food in the house - I still have shredded chicken and can whip up SOMETHING to eat.
Here are a few of my (and my family's) favorites:
BBQ Chicken Sliders with Homemade BBQ Sauce
A perfect way to liven up a classic comfort food is by swapping out a traditional hamburger bun with -- Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, Romaine Lettuce ‘buns,’ or even make a bowl out of this by topping brown rice with this incredible BBQ chicken!
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole
Ever take a spoonful of chicken noodle soup and wish that there was something more to sink your teeth into? Yeah. Me too. Nothing warms the home and soul like a robust chicken noodle soup when it becomes a CASSEROLE. This dish is sturdy enough to stand alone, or be served with a warm bread and side salad. Trust me, it gets into all the nooks and crannies and leaves the family completely fulfilled!
Shredded Chicken Tacos
When Taco Tuesday doesn’t conjure up that spark that it usually does, blow everyone’s mind with these rowdy little tacos! They can be individualized to everyone in the family - celebrating the uniqueness of taste and creativity we all bring to the table, through toppings and wrappings!
Baked Sweet Pepper Bowls with Shredded Chicken and Brown Rice
This baked sweet pepper bowl hits all the feels. With its bold, bright presentation, it is easy to forget how much nutritional value is packed into each pepper! With each bite, it reminds us that healthy food can be delicious, fulfilling, and rewarding.
Shredded Chicken Marinara Pasta
This beauty of a dish combines shredded chicken with a super simple homemade marinara sauce that will light up your taste buds in all the right ways. It's a basic weeknight meal with a twist that will make it easier than every to whip together.
Recipe coming soon!