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Yum Gai – Thai Chicken Salad

Posted By Chris On May 10, 2008 @ 10:33 am In Salads and Light Soups,Thai,Thai Cooking Made Easy | 4 Comments

This recipe comes from Thai Cooking Made Easy — with this recipe, it lived up to its name. Cooked chicken is shredded and tossed with a bunch of veggies and a slightly spicy lime and fish sauce dressing. This would make a good starter to a larger meal.

Chris says:

Yum, guy! I like this salad.

Lisa says:

I thought the dressing was going to taste way too fishy when I mixed it up…

Chris says:

It’s totally fine — once you toss it in and mix everything together it’s not nearly as intense.

Lisa says:

This salad makes me hungry.

Chris says:

Not surprising… ain’t no carbs here!

Lisa says:

Promise me we’ll never do a low-carb diet.

Chris says:

How about we just don’t do any kind of diet?

Yum Gai – Thai Chicken Salad

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 lb.)
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, cut into lengths
  • minced cilantro
  • 4 large lettuce leaves

For the Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp sliced red chili
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar

Bring the water and salt to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat and poach the chicken for about 15 minutes or until cooked. Remove and set aside to cool. Shred the chicken into thin strips.
Combine the Dressing ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
In a large bowl, combine the chicken strips with the tomato, onion, cucumber, green onions, and cilantro. Pour the dressing over and toss thoroughly.
Line a serving platter with the lettuce leaves and top with the salad. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 as a starter or part of a larger meal.


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