Vietnamese-Inspired Poached Chicken Salad

2 servings


25 minutes

active time

25 minutes

total time


2 Chicken Breasts

2 Large Carrots

¼ White Cabbage

1 Small Red Onion

25g Fresh Mint

25g Fresh Coriander

2-4 Thai Chillies

2 Garlic Clove

20 gram Fresh Ginger

65g Roasted Peanuts (or cashews)

2 Limes

3 Tbsp Fish Sauce

3 Tbsp Maple Syrup

2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar


  1. For the poached chicken, start by slicing the ginger in half. Put the chicken breasts into a large pot and cover with cold tap water, so it’s just covering the meat. Add a good pinch of salt, as you would with pasta water, and add the ginger slices. Add a lid and bring to a simmer, then immediately reduce the heat to the lowest fire for just 6 mins. Immediately turn the heat off and leave the chicken for 8 mins. Remove and use a knife to check the centre is not pink, then set aside in a small bowl to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing. Combine the fish sauce, syrup, vinegar and lime juice in a small bowl. Use a cheese grater or Microplane to grate or mince the garlic and ginger into the dressing. Finely slice the chillies and add to the dressing.

  3. For the salad, ribbon the carrot with a vegetable peeler, then toss into a large bowl. Cut the cabbage into quarters and use a peeler to shred the cabbage, peeling it away from the stem for easy shredding. Transfer to the carrot bowl. Finely slice the onion, mint leaves, coriander with all the stems and chilli, then add to the same bowl. Leave a few leaves behind for garnish.

  4. If you like, bash the roasted nuts in a mortar and pestle, or crush in a bag using a rolling pin. Add half of the nuts to the salad bowl.

  5. When the chicken is cool enough, shred it using your hands, pulling the large pieces of breast into thin shreds. Add one-quarter of the dressing to the shredded chicken and mix well.

  6. Add the remaining dressing to the salad bowl and toss very well, ensuring to coat every bit of veg. Add two-thirds of the chicken to the salad and mix well again.

  7. Divide the salad between serving plates with the remaining chicken on top. Garnish with the remaining nuts, lime wedges and a few mint and coriander leaves. Make sure you drizzle over all the dressing ingredients that may be left in the mixing bowl.




Serving Size



583 kcal

Total Fat

18 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat





2401 mg

Total Carbohydrate

42 g

Dietary Fiber

8 g

Total Sugars

30 g


58 g

2 servings


25 minutes

active time

25 minutes

total time
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