Tested and Perfected by Food and Wine
Crunchy Vietnamese Chicken Salad
© Lucy Schaeffer

Crunchy Vietnamese Chicken Salad

  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY
  • STAFF-FAVORITE

Chef Way Eric and Sophie Banh like to poach the chicken for this vibrant dish, then toss the salad with a homemade scallion oil.

Easy Way To save time, use store-bought rotisserie chicken and skip the scallion oil; the salad already gets plenty of flavor from the spicy, vinegary dressing and abundance of fresh herbs.

  1. 2 tablespoons sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Asian fish sauce
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
  4. 1 1/2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon water
  6. 1 serrano chile with seeds, minced
  7. 1 small garlic clove, minced
  8. 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying
  9. 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  10. Salt
  11. 4 cups finely shredded green cabbage (from 1/2 small head)
  12. 2 carrots, finely shredded
  13. 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  14. 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  15. 1/4 cup coarsely chopped mint
  16. 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (from 1/2 chicken)
  17. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  18. 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped unsalted roasted peanuts
  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, vinegar, water, chile and garlic and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let the dressing stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the vegetable oil until shimmering. Add the shallots and cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain the shallots on paper towels; reserve the oil for another use. Sprinkle the shallots with salt and let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, carrots, red onion, cilantro, mint and shredded chicken. Add the olive oil and the dressing and toss. Sprinkle with the peanuts and fried shallots and serve the chicken salad with lime wedges.

Suggested Pairing

A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.