Thai Chicken Chopped Salad

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad – Healthy chopped salad with veggies, seasoned chicken, a sweet and tangy dressing and spicy peanut sauce!

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad - Creme de la Crumb

Can a get a woot woot for no good, totally terrible, awful horrible very bad days?? Cause yesterday was one of those days. I feel like Alexander. You’ve read that book haven’t you? That poor kid had the worst day. And yesterday felt a whole lot of sympathy for him.

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad - Creme de la Crumb

It started with a photographer’s worst nightmare. He really didn’t mean to, I know it was an accident but, my husband broke my camera lens. Yeah, bad news. What’s worse is that I didn’t know that it was broken until I had a stack of warm pancakes covered in ooey gooey cream cheese icing ready to be photographed. A quick realization. A moment of panic. A mad rush down town (I may or may not have broken the speed limit).  A really embarrassing episode of begging the customer service lady to replace my warranty-covered lens today. Another mad dash back home. And a bit of speed-photographing to top off the morning.

Turns out I forgot to add one of the visible ingredients to one of my recipes I photographed. The day just kept getting better from there. (And by better, you know I mean worse.)

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad - Creme de la Crumb

It’s okay though, that day is (finally!) over, and it’s now a new day. A chance to start fresh without a major life-headache. Let’s cross our fingers today is a teensy bit less stressful, I could use a break. A break to share with you this really amazing Thai Chicken Chopped Salad we had this week. Woah baby! How can something so simple, so healthy, taste so good?! I don’t know, I really don’t. But this is everything you want in a really amazing dinner salad. Hearty flavorful chicken breast. Light and fresh chopped veggies. Crunchy romaine. All tossed together in a sweet and spicy dressing and topped with my favorite peanut sauce.  Don’t be deterred by the ingredient list, you use a bunch of them twice and I promise this salad comes together in 30 minutes or less. Perfect for a quick and easy delicious weeknight dinner that won’t bust your healthy-eating goals!

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad - Creme de la Crumb

What people are saying about this Thai Chicken Chopped Salad 

“This was really good! I made it for lunch today and will have leftovers tomorrow too. The peanut sauce was a little thick so I tossed the chicken in it and served it that way. Sooo good!” – Christina

“I made this today for lunch and loved it!! The peanut sauce was too thick so I added a little of the sweet chile dressing to thin it out just a bit. Everyone that ate the salad enjoyed it. I have been asked to pin the recipe.” – Cathy

“I made this salad with leaf lettuce from my garden today and it was amazing! The lettuce provided a subtle freshness to the chicken, dressing and sauce and was reminiscent of a lettuce wrap. My husband is already asking when we can have this for dinner again.” – Liz

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad

Healthy chopped salad with veggies, seasoned chicken, a sweet and tangy dressing and spicy peanut sauce!
Course Salad
Cuisine Thai
Keyword cabbage, Chicken, peanut sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 6 cup chopped romaine hearts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, thinly chopped
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanuts

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons hot red chili sauce (such as sriracha)

Instructions

  • Cook chicken in a large pan or skillet over medium heat, stirring throughout until cooked through and browned on all sides. Toss chicken with lettuce and veggies.
  • Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing. Pour over salad and toss to coat.
  • Whisk together all ingredients for the peanut sauce. Drizzle over salad and top with peanuts.

 

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Tiffany, I’m so sorry about all that! Sounds like a nightmare. And especially about the camera lens, that’s awful! This salad looks and sounds amazing. I love thai chicken and peanut sauce is one of my favorites! Hope today is a much better day for you!

    Oh it was definitely a rough one, but today is going MUCH better haha! Thanks so much Chelsea! (ps I’ve been super super busy but I WILL be responding to your last email!!!) 😉

This gorgeous salad would definitely hit the spot right about now! Sorry about your bad day – hope it gets better from here!

    Thanks Julie! Today’s definitely gotten better, thankfully! A lunch date to Cafe Rio definitely helped with the cheering up 😉 Hope your day is going well too!

Here’s to better days and a great salad! Pinning… this looks so fresh and delicious!

Looking so good. I love this. This is so delicious. Great idea.

This was really good! I made it for lunch today and will have leftovers tomorrow too. The peanut sauce was a little thick so I tossed the chicken in it and served it that way. Sooo good!

I made this today for lunch and loved it!! The peanut sauce was too thick so I added a little of the sweet chile dressing to thin it out just a bit. Everyone that ate the salad enjoyed it. I have been asked to pin the recipe.

    That’s what’s so great about this recipe – the dressing can easily be adapted to your preference and the flavors all come together in a WOW kind of way – so glad you liked this recipe!! 🙂

I made this salad with leaf lettuce from my garden today and it was amazing! The lettuce provided a subtle freshness to the chicken, dressing and sauce and was reminiscent of a lettuce wrap. My husband is already asking when we can have this for dinner again.

Changes I made: I didn’t add any of the veggies because I was using what I already had in the house and garden. I used water to deglaze the pan I cooked the chicken in and used the resulting liquid to thin the peanut sauce. The lettuce provided a subtle freshness to the chicken, dressing, and sauce and was reminiscent of a lettuce wrap.

My husband is already asking when we can have this for dinner again.

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