Bang Bang Chicken Salad

Wednesday 2 September 2009

After all the hedonistic, rich and unctuous food (great words there!) that I have eaten lately, I felt a real need to eat something healthy . . . but somewhat crunchy . . . (no, not potato crisps)

Something tasty and moreish, but also good for me . . .

I picked up some tasty looking bean and udon radish sprouts at the shops . . .

And with a few additions, I ended up with a tasty salad that quite, quite fit the bill completely.

It almost felt bad, it was so good, but . . .

well, you decide for yourself. Good or bad?

*Bang Bang Chicken Salad*
Serves 6
Printable Recipe

This delicious salad can be made with leftover cooked chicken salad, or you can do as I do and poach fresh chicken to be used in it instead. I just love the dressing, with it's peanut/Thai flavours. You almost feel like you are eating something naughty when you are eating it, but it's salad, so it has to be good for you, right?

For the Chicken:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup white wine
cold water
1 shallot, peeled and sliced
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp salt
1 celery stalk with leaves

For the Dressing:
200g smooth peanut butter
4 TBS toasted sesame oil
3 TBS vegetable oil
2 TBS sweet chili sauce
2 TBS lime juice
sea salt to taste
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste

For the Salad:
1 TBS sesame seeds, toasted
1 cucumber, peeled, quartered, seeded and cut into thin diagonal slices
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
(I use a vegetable peeler)
100g bean sprouts
1 small handful of udon radish sprouts
4 spring onions, trimmed and cut into thin diagonal slices

Place the chicken into a large saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients, including enough water to barely cover it. Poke it all over with a sharp knife. Bring to the boil, then cover it and remove it from the heat. Let stand until cooked through and the juices run clear. Remove from the liquid and shred.

To make the dressing, warm the peanut butter, sesame oil, and vegetable oil together, whisking until the peanut butter is melted and all are combined. Whisk in the remaining ingredients. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.

Place the salad ingredients in a large bowl, except for the toasted sesame seeds.. Add the shredded cooked chicken and toss all together well, along with a squeeze of lime juice. Drizzle with the dressing and scatter with the sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Don't forget to put your halo on when you are eating it, coz . . . really, this is quite healthy . . .


  1. Nice and healthy the way I like thanks

  2. I really really enjoy salads and I love this type! Thanks!

  3. This really is my kind of salad. Keith will like it too but I have to present it as a fait accompli because he thinks a salad HAS to have lettuce and hard boiled eggs!

    love, Angie, xx

  4. This is a lovely salad, Marie--can hear the crunch! One of those you can feel the goodness it does you even while you're eating it. I love the dressing! Happy Day, sweet friend--LOVE YA ((BIG HUGS))

  5. Lovely salad and beauty pics Marie, kisses, xoxoxogloria

  6. This looks so yummy! I am about the jump the pond to come over for dinner! If only....

  7. Hi all, I was t college few years ago In Liverpool Blackburne house) and out teacher treated to lunch at the ''Host'' Over the rod from the college n i try this Chicken Bang bang salad and from the min it touch my tongue i fell love with it and wanted to do it home made i never got the chance with work. Recommend to everyone to make


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