Pai Mai (Chopped Cabbage and Chicken Salad)

Pai MaiThis chopped cabbage and chicken salad (or as we call it, “Pai Mai”) is a staple salad in my husbands family.  It is a great side dish with Chinese food but we make this and eat it alone all the time.
Pai Mai (Chopped Cabbage and Chicken Salad)

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  • 1 head of cabbage, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame seeds
  • 1/2 c. roasted almonds, chopped
  • 1 chicken breast, diced and cooked in Teriyaki sauce
  • 1 pkg. Ramen noodles
  • Seasoning salt (to taste)
  • Dressing:
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 squirts lemon juice
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  • In a large bowl combine cabbage, sesame seeds, almonds and chicken.
  • In a separate, small bowl combine sugar, oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Pour oil mixture into cabbage mixture and toss until cabbage is well coated. Refrigerate the cabbage mixture in the fridge to let all the flavors settle in.
  • Break up Ramen noodles into pieces and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle seasoning salt over noodles and broil for about 1 minute (keep a close eye on them so they don't burn).
  • Toss salad mixture again then top with noodles immediately before serving (if you do it earlier the noodles will get soggy).


  1. How It All Began... says:

    This is my new favorite website!!!! Love it and so does my family. Thanks!

  2. Shreela says:

    This is one of my DH's fav salads too LOL. But of course I MUST add diced green onions ^_^

  3. Tiffany says:

    Made this tonight and we all loved it which is incredible! I was sure that my kids wouldn't eat it and that my husband would just eat it to be nice. He went back for thirds!!! It has so many interesting flavors! We'll be making this again! Thanks for the recipe!

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