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Home Health Library Recipes Chicken salad with Thai flavors

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 cups
Calories 260

Amount Per Serving
Monounsaturated fat 7 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Total fat 12 g
Sodium 445 mg
Cholesterol 55 mg
Dietary fiber 3 g
Protein 27 g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

This chicken salad is a worthy centerpiece for a luncheon, but you can also serve it in whole-wheat tortillas or pitas.


(Serves 4)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock or broth
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, bottom 6 inches only, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 green (spring) onion, halved lengthwise, plus 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 fresh cilantro sprigs, plus 3 tablespoons chopped leaves
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch fresh spinach (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 small head green cabbage (about 6 cups)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, crushed


In a large saucepan, combine the stock, lemongrass, ginger, halved green onion and cilantro sprigs. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken breasts, raise the heat to high and return to a boil. Again reduce the heat to low and simmer the chicken for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover. Uncover after 5 minutes and allow the chicken to cool in the stock. Remove the chicken from the stock when cool enough to handle. Reserve the stock. Using your fingers, shred the chicken with the grain into strips about 1/2 inch thick and 2 inches long. Cover and refrigerate.

Strain the cooled stock and discard the solids. Return 1 1/2 cups of the stock to the saucepan; discard the remaining liquid. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, uncovered, until reduced to 1/2 cup, 5 to 6 minutes. Cool.

In a blender, combine the lime juice, rice vinegar, fish sauce, soy sauce, shallot, peanut butter, garlic and reduced stock. Blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil. The dressing will be somewhat thin. Set aside.

Remove the stems from the spinach and cut out the core from the cabbage. Stack the spinach and cabbage leaves separately and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips.

In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, cabbage, shredded chicken, carrot, chopped cilantro and sliced green onions. Pour half of the dressing over the salad. Divide the salad evenly among individual plates. Garnish with the peanuts. Pass the remaining dressing at the table.

Last Updated: April 5th, 2017