A Vietnamese style chicken salad with a zesty Vietnamese dressing is a fresh meal to usher in summer.


  • Chicken Salad

  • 3 pieces 200g chicken breast fillets

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • sea salt

  • White pepper use black if that is all you have

  • 1 cup bean sprout

  • 1 cup Vietnamese mint leaf

  • 1 cup Asian basil leaf or basil leaves

  • 4 cups Chinese cabbages finely shredded

  • 1 cup carrot peeled and finely julienned

  • Vietnamese Dressing

  • 60 ml Lime juice

  • 60 ml Fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

  • 2 very finely chopped Garlic Cloves optional

  • 3 finely sliced red Asian shallots or 1/2 red onion

  • 2 small very finely chopped Red chilli's remove the seeds if you don't like the heat


  • Chicken Salad:

  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F/Gas 7).

  • 2.

    Heat a frying pan over a high heat, and while the pan is heating, brush the chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  • 3.

    Place the chicken skin-side down and sear for 2 minutes, turn and sear for another minute.

  • 4.

    Put the chicken on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Leave to rest for 20 minutes.

  • 5.

    Shred the chicken into thin strips with your hands and place in a large bowl.

  • 6.

    Add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine.

  • Vietnamese Dressing:

  • 1.

    Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

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Posted by Niki33Report
What can be used to substitute fish sauce (I have seafood allergies)
Posted by Michael3Report
I love this recipe. I make it all the time and it is always very satisfying. Goes well with a glass of reisling!
Posted by Kerry108Report
This is a sensationally simple and delicious dish - especially if you shred a BBQ chicken instead of cooking the chicken first. So fresh and full of goodness that even the kids will love...
Posted by ApacheReport
I love this recipe too. It's a wow factor and so easy. Thanks Bill.
Posted by FizzyReport
This recipe was simple, healthy and tasty. My boyfriend who is not a lover of veggies except for chips and mash LOVED this meal and gobbled up every last bite. It took some convincing to get him to try it but then he loved it. I was so pleases as it's such a refreshing delicious meal!! Thank you Bill Granger!!
Posted by FizzyReport
WOW thanks for your helpful contribution to this site for lovers of all sorts of food. Your succinct opinion and constructive criticism is sure to really help a lot of people decide whether or not to try this recipe.

Instead of being arrogant and judgmental, why not share a tip or link on a vegan alternative that allows you to enjoy similar flavours, health benefits and ease in cooking.

Or you can continue to just be an unhelpful, negative moron.
Posted by Report
Brilliant! I also added a dash of sesame oil to the dressing.
Posted by Report
This sounds delish, will serve it up at Christmas!
Posted by Report
Why would a vegan look at a chicken recipe,,anyway!!'
Posted by ParsichickReport
Great simple recipe, I added some thin vermicelli noodles to bulk it a bit as well as a bit of smooth pea it butter into the dressing.