This Citrus Asian Salad Shish-ka-Bob recipe is a delicious and easy way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken. The chicken is skewered with vegetables and tossed in a flavorful Citrus Asian Salad dressing. The soy-free dressing is definitely the star of the dish, making for a healthy and quick to prepare meal.
Vegetables Add Flavor and Texture
The vegetables in this recipe add a lot of flavor and texture. Choose what vegetables you love. I love cherry tomatoes and cucumber. Tomatoes are delicious in this recipe. This red fruit is a super food, so the toms can really add a healthy punch.
Of course, crunch is important. Red and green bell peppers add a sweetness and a crunch, while the cucumber adds a refreshing coolness to the citrus asian salad. An onion adds a bit of bite, and the cilantro adds a bright and herbaceous flavor.
How to Get the Most Meat from a Rotisserie Chicken
One of the challenging things in life is having a busy life and feeling frustrated at how long it takes to cook dinner and snacks. I have found a solution. I buy rotisserie chickens and pull the pre-cooked meat off to use for other meals and snacks; it saves all the chicken cooking time. If you have leftover turkey or roasted chicken from a previous meal (see above), that works as well.
Some rotisserie chickens are less than $5.00. Because the chicken is already cooked it is less expensive to purchase than a raw chicken. I bring the cooked chicken home, remove all the meat, then divide it up and store it in the refrigerator or freezer in meal-sized portions.
Citrus Asian Salad Dressing is the Star of the Recipe
The citrus Asian salad dressing is what really brings this dish together. It’s a simple dressing made with citrus juice, vinegar, ginger, garlic, black pepper, and citrus zest. The citrus and vinegar adds a tartness, the ginger adds a warmth, the garlic adds a rich flavor, and the black pepper adds a bit of heat.
The dressing is the perfect complement to the chicken and vegetables. It helps to bring out all of the flavors in the dish and it makes the kabobs extra delicious.
Asian Salad Shish-ka-Bob Bites Recipe
- 2 cups cooked rotisserie chicken cut into bite-sized pieces
- Raw vegetables
- Shish-ka-bob sticks
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/8 cup lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp vinegar
- 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped (or more if you like)
- 1 garlic clove, crushed and chopped
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- Black pepper to taste
- Citrus zest (optional – I always like to zest a bit from the citrus I’m using to ramp up the flavor)
- ¼ cup cilantro or Italian leaf parsley chopped (optional)
- Mix all dressing ingredients together, set aside to marinate an hour at room temperature
- Marinate chicken and vegetables in salad dressing mixture for one hour
- Place marinated rotisserie chicken and vegetables on shish-ka-bob sticks
- Serve immediately
This Citrus Asian Salad shish-ka-bob recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. It’s also great for parties or potlucks. The kabobs are easy to transport and they’re sure to be a hit with everyone.
Next time you have leftover rotisserie chicken, give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!