Spicy Peanut Chicken Salad

Spicy Peanut Chicken SaladPinit

Did you know that red Thai chili peppers at the farmer’s market are only sold by the hundreds?

Not kidding.

And yes, I’m still talking about the farmer’s market.

So what do you do when you only need one? Just one little itty bitty red Thai chili?

Well, you could do what I did, which was ask the lady for $1.00 worth of red Thai chilis, even though you only need about 1 cents worth.

Which leads to the real question: what do you do with the 29 extra red Thai chilis that you didn’t need in the first place?

And the answer is: make this salad 29 more times! Because noodles, red Thai chilis, creamy peanut sauce, and chicken makes for one heck of a salad. A creamy, thick, and intensely flavorful salad. A lettuce-less salad. A portable lunch salad.

Speaking of portable lunches, guess who’s going back to school tomorrow?

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Spicy Peanut Chicken Salad
Serves: 6
For the Salad
  • 1 cup julienne red and yellow pepper
  • 1 cup shredded or julienne carrots
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • ½ cup finely chopped broccoli
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup chopped or shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 8 oz. cooked soba noodles or whole grain linguine
For the Dressing:
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons sesame or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 minced small red Thai chili pepper, seeds and ribs removed (another hot chili pepper, such as jalapeno or serrano, could be substituted)
  • ⅓ cup peanuts
  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Puree all remaining ingredients (except peanuts) in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Add peanuts last and process until just finely chopped. Pour over salad and toss well.
  3. Top individual servings with fresh basil and cilantro!
It’s worth the extra time to make the dressing from scratch! Eat it straight out of the food processor? Sure I did. It has the perfect amount of spiciness, sweetness, and nutty creaminess!

Welp, I have a sad feeling that my leisurely lunch days are coming to an end now that I will actually have one of those job thingies.

It’s been a fun time, Summer old friend.  Catch ya on the flip side.

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  1. Yum! This is one of my favourite salads to order; I can’t wait to try making it myself!

  2. Ok YUM! Totally making this, and I don’t care if my picky Hubs has to pick out the peppers!!!

  3. Love the new look Lindsay!
    I should have gone to the farmers market – I need some chili peppers!

  4. This looks delicious! I love spicy peanut sauces

  5. LOVE chili peppers! I just loaded up on some New Mexico Hatch chili’s at a local farmers market..yum!

  6. I saw that first picture and actually said out loud “YUM!”. Needless to say, I will be making this for dinner!

  7. This looks great! Plan on making a big batch for lunches.

  8. HA! I know exactly how you feel (this happened to me recently with rice flour)! I hate when things are only sold in large quantities when I only need a little! But I’m glad you had extra because this Spicy Peanut Chicken Salad looks absolutely heavenly. Beautiful colors!

    • I know, how annoying! I once had a whole box of dried milk for some kind of bread I made … only once. So after about a year I just threw it away. :)

  9. Wow this looks so tasty….now I’ll be thinking about it all day!

  10. this looks so yum! i think my kids are going to love it in their packed lunch. thank you!!

    • You must have kids with adventurous tastebuds! I plan to train my future kids to enjoy “different” food, too. We’ll see how that goes… :)

  11. You can wash, dry and freeze the extra peppers. They stay good and fresh for quite some time! I’m making this salad for lunch today – thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Okay, I already miss homemade food. This looks amazing!

    • Thanks – maybe you should come visit? Or I can make you some for your birthday? Or maybe there’s a care package being assembled for you as I type? :) Miss you!

  13. Rosalyn @ Rosalynpricenglish.com says:

    Loving this~! Adding it to my pinterest Real Food board!
    Rosalyn (rospricenglish on pinterest)

  14. Hi! This looks great, I do have some questions though.
    What type of vinegar do you use? And should this be served hot or cold?

  15. Made this tonight for my lunches this week….hope I actually have some left for lunch. So good!

  16. Made this (using soy chicken but no Thai chili) and it was magnificient!

  17. Matthew Nunes says:

    Firstly, I love your recipes! Every single one I’ve tried has been successful! So Thank you! Onto my question, I don’t suppose you could provide the nutritional information for this recipe?

    • Hi Matthew! I just added the nutrition information. Thanks for asking!

      • Hi Lindsay! I just made this salad and it is absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!! You said you added the nutrition information? I can’t seem to find it. Could you point me In the right direction?

  18. Lindsay thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I just made it and it is SO delicious!! You said in a previous comment that you posted the nutritional information? Where exactly is this at?? Thanks! :)

  19. I made two batches of this for a potluck at work (omitted chicken from one batch because we have a lot of vegetarians there) and it was a HUGE hit, so many people asked me for the recipe so of course I gave them the link. So tasty, thanks Lindsay!

  20. After finding this recipe on Pinterest I couldn’t wait to try it! It was AMAZING! Definitely a new FAVORITE! I look forward to trying your other recipes!

  21. This is so good! We’ve had it 3 times in the last week, the last time being at my brother’s house. I just finished making a big batch of the dressing for my sister-in-law to keep in hand. Delish!
    Pinterest is my new addiction. As a fanatic clean eater I find many of the recipes that catch my eye turn out to be from Pinch of Yum. Love your stuff!

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