Blood Orange and Asparagus Chicken Salad


A refreshing, light lunch is ready in no time by pairing fresh, seasonal veggies, citrus, and a few pantry staples.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. A well-stocked pantry is something I always try to have regardless of what my schedule throws at me. Quick staples I usually have on hand include assorted grains, pasta, various canned beans, and canned tuna. I can easily design a quick meal based on one or all of those items adding in a few, often random, fresh ingredients. This month, I discovered a new possible go-to pantry item that was key to a healthy, light dinner on a hectic Monday.

Asian Chicken Salad WildPlanet

So, what’s my discovery? It’s canned chicken breast from Wild Planet. I know it sounds kind of weird, but if I have canned tuna, why not chicken breast? Plus, Wild Planet already is my go-to canned tuna brand.

This Wild Planet product is USDA certified organic free range Certified Humane Raised and Handled chicken breast that’s roasted without added water or fillers. I know many people have chemical concerns when it comes to canned goods. Wild Planet does not intentionally use BPA in can linings. (For additional info, Wild Planet has posted a pdf document for consumers: Wild Planet: BPA)

Asian Chicken Salad Chunks

Paired with a few fresh springtime ingredients and an Asian-inspired dressing this chicken salad is a great healthy, low-calorie dinner or lunch.

Blood Orange + Asparagus Chicken Salad

Paired with a few fresh springtime ingredients and an Asian-inspired citrus dressing this chicken salad is a great healthy, low-calorie dinner or lunch.
Servings 4


  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus
  • 1 blood orange
  • 2 cups savoy cabbage shredded
  • 1 can Wild Planet organic roasted chicken breast
  • 2 scallions finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • Using a fork, break up the canned chicken breast into a large bowl. Add the shredded cabbage.
  • Rinse, trim, and cut the asparagus into 2-inch pieces. Place the pieces into a pot of boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Drain and place into a large bowl of cold water. Pat dry and add to the chicken and cabbage.
  • Trim the ends of the blood orange so it sits flat on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife cut away the peel and pith as close to the flesh as possible. Segment the orange from the membrane. Add the pieces to the chicken and vegetables.
  • Add the scallion slices and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Make the dressing. In a small bowl whisk together the grated ginger, minced garlic, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, and sunflower oil. Pour over the salad. Toss to combine.
  • Before eating, top each serving with a tablespoon of the peanuts.
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American

Photos by Renato Ghio

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  1. Wild Planet is my go-to brand as well! I'll have to try the chicken breast and this recipe!

  2. It's nice having sustainable pantry items. Awesome and enjoy!

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