Mandarin Chicken With Almonds

Topics: Recipes
Mandarin Chicken With Almonds

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 184 per serving
Percent from Fat: 28%
Cusine: Chinese
Course: Dinner
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Almond

Food as MedicineSM Tip

Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats found in olive oil, which are associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

Culinary Taste Tip

Keep the skins on your almonds, because they contain more than 20 potent flavonoids: substances found in plants that help neutralize overly reactive oxygen-containing molecules, and prevent cell damage.

Culinary Technique Tip

No time to prepare fresh chicken for this dish? Buy one already roasted at your grocery store. Just peel off the skin and you’re ready to go!


One-quarter cup rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 and one-quarter tablespoons julienned pickled ginger
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
One-half pound cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped or julienned
One and one-half cups drained canned mandarin orange segments
One-half cup blanched snow peas
One-half cup drained canned bamboo shoots
One-half cup drained canned water chestnuts
4 cups shredded lettuce
2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds


Mix the vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce thoroughly. Add chicken and orange segments; marinate for approximately 10 minutes. Add snow peas, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts. Distribute lettuce on four serving plates. Top with chicken mixture, sprinkle with almonds, and serve.


Fresh orange segments may substitute for canned mandarin oranges.


This dish keeps well. If there is any left over, take it on a picnic or have it for a snack.

Nutritional Analysis

Total fat (g) 5.7;Fat calories (kc) 51;Cholesterol (mg) 49.9;Saturated fat (g) 1.6;Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2.2;Monounsaturated fat (g) 2.7;Fiber (g) 4.1;Carbohydrates (g) 26.3;Sugar (g) 10;Protein (g) 23;Sodium (mg) 485;Calcium (mg) 107;Magnesium (mg) 67 Zinc (mg) 1.5;Selenium (mcg) 57;Potassium (mg) 850;Flavonoids (mg) 2.3;Lycopene (mg) 0;Vitamin A (RE) 185;Beta-carotene (RE) 147 Vitamin C (mg) 77;Vitamin E (mg) 1.0;Thiamin B1 (mg) 0.3;Riboflavin B2 (mg) 0.3