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Thai Minced Chicken Salad

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If you are tired of chicken salad filled with mayo here is a great new chicken salad recipe. It is unique and fresh and delicious.  This is based on a favorite Thai dish, but there’s no extra fat in this recipe, but you won’t miss it. If you are ready to  spice up your lunch, or are making a nice lunch or brunch for friends this would be perfect.

Thai Minced Chicken Salad

serves 4

What you need:

3 cloves garlic, peeled
1-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped (not peeled)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 cups water
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 pinch sugar
1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
2 medium tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
8 large iceburg or romaine lettuce leaves
1/4 cup roasted, salted peanuts, chopped

What you do:

In a medium sized pan you are going to bring to a boil the ginger, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/4 C lime juice, salt and the water. Once it is boiling lower the heat and just let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

Once it’s been simmering for 10 minutes go ahead and add the chicken to the mixture. Cook the chicken for about 13 minutes, or until it is just about done. Go ahead and just take the pan off the stove. You are going to let it cool in the broth for about another 15 minutes.

To make the dressing go ahead and mince up that last clove of garlic.  Throw it in a big bowl and add in the last of the lime juice and salt, and then go ahead and add the red pepper flakes, the fish sauce, and sugar. Make sure you mix it up really well.

Grab your food processor. Cut up your chicken into large chunks and then chop in the food processor. You want it to be small enough that it’s minced, but not a pulverized mess.

Take your chicken out and add it to your dressing. Then add the tomatoes and onions and stir to combine.

Taste to see how it tastes, if you need to add a little extra salt do that now.

You can now chill it for 30 minutes or you can serve it at the temperature it’s currently at. Whichever you prefer.

To serve, lay out 2 large lettuce leaves and put one scoop of chicken salad on each leaf.

Make it a meal:

This meal has it all. Protein and produce, a perfect blend and combination. You don’t need to add anything to this dish to make it a meal but a glass of water ~ with lime.

What did we think:

This is so not up hubby’s alley so we did this for lunch and it was delicious. Light and fresh and wonderful. The little one liked it too.

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