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vietnamese chicken salad

Now this is a a really good salad with its crunchy, salty, sweet and tart melange of flavors.  The first time I made it was in a class with a cookbook author and she made it look so easy.  Of course, I tried it (and adapted some ingredients) shortly after in my own kitchen– and it is easy.  You just have to bring out your sharpest knife and be willing to chop away.

You can make this several hours before serving without the dressing giving you a chance to be with your guests and out of the kitchen.

vietnamese chicken salad

Now this is a a really good salad with its crunchy, salty, sweet and tart melange of flavors.  The first time I made it was in a class with a cookbook author and she made it look so easy.  Of course, I tried it (and adapted some ingredients) shortly after in my own kitchen– and it is easy.  You just have to bring out your sharpest knife and be willing to chop away.

You can make this several hours before serving without the dressing giving you a chance to be with your guests and out of the kitchen.

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 8
6 skinless chicken thighs
2 small cucumbers, Persian are best or half a large cucumber, cut into small cubes
1 red onion, finely sliced
1 handful of Thai basil or regular Basil, stalks removed and finely chopped
I handful of mint, stalks removed, finely chopped
I handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves, stalks removed, finely chopped
1 red chili, seeds removed, finely chopped
3 tablespoons roasted peanuts, finely chopped
lime dressing
juice of 5 limes
2 small garlic cloves, very finely chopped
1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce
1 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar
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thoughts&stories

Fish sauce is a staple in the cuisines from Southeast Asia.  It can be found in most specialty grocery stores and should be refrigerated after opening.  The ingredients in most brands is fish, salt and water, therefore the sauce is what provides the saltiness in the dish.

 

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vietnamese chicken salad
  • time
    1 hour
  • serves
    8
  • skill level
    Medium

Ingredients

  • lime dressing

Directions

1
Done

dressing

Mix lime juice, garlic, fish sauce and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Set aside or store in refrigerator.

2
Done

chicken

Bring a large saucepan of water to boil and add chicken. Cover with lid. Cook for 20 minutes.

3
Done

Remove chicken, let cool slightly and then shred meat into a medium bowl.

4
Done

Add onions, basil, mint, coriander, and chili to bowl.

5
Done

Pour in the dressing and toss to combine. Taste and if needs more acid, add more lime, or saltiness sprinkle in the fish sauce. Toss well again and taste again.

6
Done

Place in a serving bowl with lettuce lining the plate and top with peanuts.