Vietnamese Crunchy Chicken Salad Recipe
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Vietnamese Crunchy Chicken Salad Recipe

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When I lived in Cleveland I would eat at a really good Vietnamese restaurant that had a dish I couldn't get enough of. Since I had it so frequently, I figured out the components and flavors and created my own easy-to-make version. Everyone who's tasted it loves it. —Erin Schillo, Northfield, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime peel
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SALAD :
  • 5 cups thinly sliced cabbage (about 1 pound)
  • 1 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped


  1. In a large bowl, mix the first seven ingredients; add chicken and toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, stir-fry half of the chicken mixture for 4-5 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan; repeat with remaining chicken. Cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, cilantro, carrots and chicken; toss to combine. Add peanuts and dressing; toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Vietnamese Crunchy Chicken Salad in Taste of Home Recipes Across America 2013, p408

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Jellybug User ID: 53068 252897
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

"The salad was refreshing and delicious. I think too many ingredients, but other than that all I have to say is, This Salads ROCKS!!"

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 116240
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014

"This is a great salad--I actually served it as a main course for dinner. The lime juice makes it refreshing and there is just the right amount of heat from the cayenne and red pepper flakes. I threw in some sliced green onions. Next time I will use 1 & 1/2 pounds of chicken--my carnivore husband felt 1 lb was not enough. I also used bagged cole slaw cabbage mix (which has the julienned carrots in it already) to save time."

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