Since Liz is now back in Perth it means it’s summer for her which gives us the perfect opportunity to continue with our favourite Thai salads! As always with these recipes everything is fresh, easy and has a kick of chilli! Liz’s take on an easy Thai Chicken Salad is very simple and uses basic ingredients that you can find at any grocery store. It’s exactly what you need on a hot summers day (if you’re lucky enough to be in summer) or if you want a nice and tasty meal. So let’s get cooking!
Ingredients – Serves 2-4:
- 2 Chicken Breasts
- 1 Chilli
- 1 Lime
- 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Oil
- 250 Grams Snow Peas
- 1 Red Onion
- 1 Bunch of Mint
- 1 Bunch of Coriander 1 Chilli
First steps of any recipe in the kitchen is ‘mise en place ‘ French for setting everything into place, basically just organising every ingredient before you use it. We’ve mentioned before that it just makes things easier and helps stay organised so you’re not running around searching for things. As seen above, this is what you need for the sauce; fish sauce, lime, chilli and sugar.
All you’ll need to do is roughly chop the chilli and add in your tablespoon of fish sauce, sugar and the lime juice! That’s it, you’re done. We are not sure about how you guys handle your spicy kick but we really love it so we usually use two chillies. The amount you use is entirely up to you even a small chilli is enough to give the salad the vibrant colour needed in most Thai dishes.
Add to a bowl and stir all these lovely ingredients together, lime, fish sauce, sugar and chilli and set aside for later.
Time for the tears… don’t worry it’s the happy ones because you are getting so close to eating this delicious salad! Slice up the red onion as thin as you can and place in a bowl of water just to keep them fresh, especially if it’s hot in the kitchen. Liz only used half of her red onion as it was a BIG red onion … Again this recipe doesn’t use exact measurements as it depends mostly on what you like.
As you have a bowl of water right by you, wash the coriander and mint with the onions. You usually get it washed straight from the shops so shouldn’t be must to clean, but it’s just to make sure you’re not eating dust! Just pick the leaves off and give them a delicate wash in this slightly cold water.
With snow peas you need to get rid of the stem before you eat them. There’s two options for this you can either cut it off with your sharp knife or just pull them off with your fingers, whatever is safest and more practical for you.
Now to the poultry, we bought two decent sized chicken breast and all you want to do is slice up thinly, as seen above, it doesn’t matter how you cut them as it doesn’t need to be precise, all you need is to have them super thin.
Have the chicken, snow peas and sauce ready as it’s time to get your pan out and start sizzling!
Drain the herbs and the onion as well as you can, you don’t want the water to affect the taste of your salad. Alternatively you can wash and drain in a salad spinner.
Heat up a tablespoon of oil until pan is hot and toss in the chicken, until its nearly cooked. It will finish cooking with the snow peas.
Add in the snow peas and stir nicely together. They’ll need to cook for at least two to three minutes, not more.
Once both these ingredients have cooked, take them off the fire and place into the salad bowl for serving.
Add everything else in, including the sweet chilli sauce and VOILA ! Your Thai Chicken Salad is done. Thai food is known to be full of vibrant colours, with a hint of sweetness and just a kick of chilli. Which makes it one of the most popular cuisines in the world because of how fresh it looks and how all these different flavours combine beautifully.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this quick, refreshing salad and we look forward to seeing you try it out! Let us know what you think about it and how spicy you make yours.
N & L