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Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

This Thai chicken salad with peanut dressing is so fresh, bright, and easy to make! It's a great way to use leftover or rotisserie chicken, and it's on your table in just 20 minutes.
Course Salad
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Thai chicken salad recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 251kcal


  • 1 pound coleslaw mix
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken 
  • 1/4 cup scallions chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • Small handful fresh cilantro chopped (optional but recommended)
  • Small handful fresh basil sliced thin or torn (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • 5 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure sesame oil see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated 
  • 3 tablespoons water or more as needed


  • Add the dressing ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and whisk together until smooth. Taste and adjust (e.g. add more lime juice or honey). If your dressing comes out really thick (peanut butter brands can vary), add even more water than suggested.
  • Prep all the salad ingredients and them add to a large bowl. Toss with the dressing and serve immediately. Season with salt & pepper as needed.


  • You don't need to add the cilantro or basil, but they definitely add extra flavor and freshness.
  • Helpful hint: It's much easier to grate ginger when it's frozen. I always keep some fresh ginger in my freezer for when I need it. It also helps reduce waste (I always seem to waste fresh ginger when I don't use it in time!). 
  • I use the sesame oil found in the Asian section of the grocery store. It's got quite a strong/nutty flavor. It's darker in color and sometimes you'll find it labeled as toasted sesame oil. I just buy whichever brand is in stock.
  • Serves 4-6. You may want to halve it if you don't want leftovers.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 434mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 819IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg