While we avoid chain restaurants when we can*,
there are a few that we just can't resist due to some specific menu items!
We triple heart love the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad at Panera.
It's spicy and savory and plain old yummy.
Last time we had one, I was all like, "this is so easy, I can make this" ... so I did.
Make a bed of lettuce, I used Leafy Romaine
Grill & sliced chicken breast, I totally cheated... then toss in a saute pan with a drizzle of Tonton Japanese vinaigrette (really easy to find) and a squirt of Sriracha and cook over medium heat for a minute or two until the dressing/hot sauce is absorbed.
Combine thawed, shelled edamame and chopped roasted red bell pepper.
Add chicken and veggies to bed of lettuce.
Top with chopped peanuts, a few wonton strips and a drizzle of vinaigrette.
Toss and serve.
It's not identical, but it's darn good!
It would be great with tofu to make it veggie too!
*we do our best to support small businesses whenever we can. We're not super strict about it, but we do believe in shopping, eating and thinking locally... hey, we live here, why not!