Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

I know what you are all thinking, this is just going to be another basic Asian Americanized salad. Well this isn’t your ordinary Thai Chicken Salad; this is MY version of the BEST chicken salad you will ever have! It’s crunchy, tasty and full of colors! It is so quick and easy to make you will find yourself making this all the time! 

You probably seen this dish on the menu at your local restaurants or even “Chinese Chicken Salad”. Though the name and tastes are somewhat similar, what makes this dish unique is a creamy peanut butter dressing. The dressing is going to have you licking the whole bowl after you’re done with the salad. I’m not even kidding, it’s THAT GOOD! 

I am also including a coconut marinated chicken to pair with this salad. You can certainly use a rotisserie chicken if you don’t have time, but if you do PERFECT! This can easily be substituted with tofu to make this a vegetarian dish! Having a busy schedule will make you feel like you can’t have a home cooked meal sometimes, we’ve all been there. If you make this chicken in bulk, it will last in your fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container. It goes perfectly with salads, sandwiches, and even over rice & steamed veggies. You can also make it with skewers to serve as a yummy appetizer! So, lets’ get cooking food family!

Ingredients for chicken:

  • 2 lbs. chicken tenders 
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk or coconut cream (for a creamier taste) (What is this?)
  • 1 tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste (What is this?)
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Japanese Mirin (What is this?)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Ingredients for peanut dressing:

  • 2/3 cup coconut milk or coconut cream (for a creamier taste)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar (if you can’t find it, add an extra tbsp of honey)
  • 2 ½ tbsp honey
  • ½ tbsp Thai Red Curry
  • 1 ½ tbsp rice vinegar 
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 ½ tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Produce:

  • Purple cabbage
  • Cabbage
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Butter leaf lettuce
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Bell Peppers

Additional toppings:

  • Crispy Lo Mein Noodles
  • Peanuts
  • Cilantro
  • Black Sesame Seeds
  • Mint leaves
Serves approximately 1-2 people

Directions:

  1. Marinate chicken for at least 30 minutes – overnight with the listed ingredients above. Grill your chicken tenders for a special charred taste. Cooking it in a cast iron works just as well if you don’t have a grill. Cooking times will vary on the size of the chicken tenders. The internal temperature should reach 160°F to know when it is fully done. Place chicken in a plate under foil to let it rest before slicing. 
  2. In a blender or food processer combine the peanut sauce ingredients listed above until it is smooth. Taste and adjust to your likings. 
  3. In a large bowl, toss the produce together with preferred amount of sauce, top with additional toppings and chicken. Drizzle more peanut dressing as desired. 
  4. Serve immediately and ENJOY!

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