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Barbecued Thai Chicken Salad

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Cook Time: 30 min.
A coconut curry marinade tenderizes the chicken in this salad and infuses it with a sweet juicy flavor.


  • 3.5 lbs broiler fryer chicken
  • 14 oz can unsweetened coconut milk, regular or low-fat
  • 1 Tbs curry powder
  • 1 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 Tbs fish sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 12 red lettuce leaves, rinsed
  • 1 medium head lettuce, shredded
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, torn
  • 1/3 cup peanuts, finely chopped
  • Sweet and Sour Cilantro Dressing2/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili paste
  • 1/3 cup safflower oil


  • Rinse chicken, pat dry. Split chicken in half with a large, sharp knife. In a large bowl whisk curry powder into coconut milk. Blend in lime juice, fish sauce, garlic, cilantro and brown sugar. Add chicken, turning to coat in marinade. Cover bowl; refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat charcoal grill or oven broiler. Place chicken on grill or broiler, skin side down. Turn after about 10 minutes. Cook until juices run clear or fork can be inserted in chicken with ease, about 30 minutes. Cool chicken slightly; cut into strips.
  • Prepare dressing. Arrange lettuce leaves on 6 plates. Combine strands of lettuce, bell pepper and mint; portion onto lettuce leaves. Scatter chicken on top. Sprinkle with peanuts; serve with dressing.
  • Sweet and Sour Cilantro DressingCombine all ingredients; stir until sugar dissolves. Makes about 1 cup.
Recipe courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Nutrition note: Nutriton calculation based on boned, skinless chicken.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 762
  Calories from Fat 303 (40%)
(58%)Total Fat 38g
(75%)Saturated Fat 15g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
(18%)Cholesterol 53mg
(24%)Sodium 565mg
(151%)Potassium 5290mg
Total Carbohydrate 93g
(140%)Dietary Fiber 35g
Sugars 16g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(86%)Protein 43g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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