There was a restaurant I used to visit that served the best spicy Thai chicken salad, and then they stopped serving it. It was a tragic day when this happened. I didn’t even know what to order… I have tried since then to come up with the exact recipe they used, and this one is pretty dang close. Ill start with the dressing. I used on for the salad part of it, then a spicy peanut one to drizzle over everything.
The ingredients are shown below for the dressing I mix with all the veggies. It goes like this-
3 tablespoons rice vinegar 3-5 tablespoons red chili sauce. The amount will depend on just how spicy you like you salad. 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon honey salt and pepper to taste
I throw everything in a small mason jar to mix. Set aside.
For the spicy peanut sauce, use another small jar.
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter. You can use a natural if you prefer. 1 1/2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1-3 tablespoons chili sauce. Again this measurement depends on how spicy you like it. 2-4 tablespoons water. This will determine consistency of dressing. Add 2 tablespoons, mix and see where it’s at. If you need more, add it and mix well. I wound up using about 3 tablespoons.
I don’t always add in rice noodles, but it just felt right this time. I got the angel hair noodles, I just wanted something thin and non obtrusive.
I broke off about 1/4 of the package. Heat water to boiling and add noodles. It only takes about 3 minutes to softened.
Rinse immediately with cold water.
Next up is the salad part. I used chicken I had boiled several days ago, they were almost to go bad, so I needed to cook them stat! Then I sliced purple and green cabbage, using about 4-5 cups of each. I also chopped one bunch of cilantro, a couple stalks of green onions, and a few small chopped red and yellow bell peppers .
put all veggies in large bowl with rice noodles. Do not add the chicken, I only top with it. I think it looks prettier this way. Mix all veggies with the first dressing. Plate the veggies and top with slice boiled chicken and peanuts. Last up, drizzle with peanut dressing. If you are like my man and like it extra spicy, drizzle a bit of sriracha sauce on it as well. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do and it finds a home in you regular menu rotation!