Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Thai Crunch Chicken Salad

This definitely goes on the best meals/salads EVER list. John and I could not get enough of this salad! It was filled with flavors and had a wonderful crunch to it. We gobbled it up immediately and then made even more the same week. Not to sound obsessive, but it's on the meal plan for this week...again. Jessica has certainly outdone herself again, and I cannot recommend this recipe enough!

Thai Crunch Chicken Salad
Recipe by How Sweet, via Jourdan Leigh in the Kitchen
Serves about 4

*3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon pepper

dressing + marinade
*1 cup sweet chili sauce
*1/2 cup rice vinegar
*1/2 cup lite canned coconut milk
*6 tablespoons brown sugar
*4 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
*2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
*2 teaspoon-sized knobs of ginger, grated
*2 limes, juiced
*1 tablespoon soy sauce

*1 small napa cabbage, chopped
*1/2 small red cabbage, chopped (I actually just used a bag of shredded lettuce)
*6 green onions, sliced
*1 large cucumber, peeled, sliced and quartered
*2/3 cup chopped or sliced carrots
*2/3 cup edamame
*2/3 cup chopped peanuts

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. Season chicken with salt and pepper, then place in the baking dish.

*Combine chili sauce, vinegar, coconut milk, sugar, garlic, ginger, peanut butter, soy sauce and lime juice in a saucepan, whisking to combine. Bring to a boil, the reduce to a simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes until slightly thickened.

*Remove from heat and pour half of the sauce over the chicken, turning chicken to coat completely. Set remaining sauce aside to dress the salad with.

*Bake chicken for 25-30 minutes, or until it is cooked through.

*While chicken is cooking, combine all salad ingredients, except for peanuts, in a large bowl and toss. When chicken has finished cooking, let cool for a few minutes then either shred or cut into chunks.

*Serve salad, top with chicken, top with peanuts, then top with dressing.

marinade/dressing | fixings for the salad



  1. This looks amazing! If I don't eat peanuts, do you have any suggestions for something else I could use to give me the crunch?

    1. It is soooo good! And I would sub pine nuts! They aren't as crunchy but would compliment the flavors well. You could always try almonds, too!


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