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Chopped Thai-Inspired Chicken Salad

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 (4 for me! I love a big huge salad) 1x


This simple chopped Thai-Inspired chicken salad has BIG flavors – peanut, lime, soy, chili, cilantro. Topped with a homemade peanut dressing! Healthy and fresh.


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Thai Chicken Salad

  • 34 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 head of green cabbage (34 cups shredded)
  • 12 large carrots (2 cups grated)
  • 1 green papaya or mango (12 cups grated) (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • 34 red serrano peppers, sliced
  • salt and lime juice to taste

Peanut Dressing

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil (toasted or dark)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (sriracha works, too)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • a small knob of fresh ginger, peeled
  • a clove of fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup water to thin to desired consistency


  1. Chop: Put on some good music, pour a drink, and start choppin’!
  2. Dressing: Pulse all ingredients in the food processor or blender. Adjust consistency with water.
  3. Thai Chicken Salad Assembly: Toss the salad ingredients in a big bowl with a drizzle of peanut dressing so everything gets coated. Season with salt and lime juice, and maybe a shot of fish sauce if you’re feeling wild. Serve chilled.


Chicken: Pulled rotisserie chicken works great. You can also cook chicken breasts in the Instant Pot (12 minutes, with about a cup of water, plus salt and pepper) and then shred them.

Cabbage: You want the cabbage to be very thin, like it would be for coleslaw. I did this with a mandoline.

Vegetarian: You can make this with tofu instead of chicken! Just follow one of the methods in this post.

Leftovers / Make Ahead: You can keep this for a few hours once it’s tossed with dressing – like if you make it for lunch, it’ll be pretty okay for dinner. But for best results, keep the leftover salad and dressing separate until ready to serve.

  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Chop
  • Cuisine: Thai-Inspired

Keywords: chopped thai chicken salad, thai chicken salad, thai salad