A tasty recipe for Thai Chicken Salad with baby spinach, cucumber, mint, cilantro, and scallions with crispy shallots. A flavorful entree salad perfect for warm summer nights.

A tasty recipe for Thai Chicken Salad with baby spinach, cucumber, mint, cilantro, and scallions with crispy shallots. A flavorful entree salad perfect for warm summer nights.

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Spring has sprung, and with it come the tenderest baby greens imaginable.  This is a lovely spring or summer salad perfect for dinner outside on warm summer evenings. It’s light and refreshing and full of flavor.

Ingredients in Thai Chicken Salad

How to make Thai Chicken Salad

  1. Cooking the chicken breast. Chicken is gently poached in a flavorful coconut broth.
  2. Once cooled, pull chicken apart with two forks and toss with baby spinach and three different herbs – basil, mint and cilantro, which gives this its incredible flavor.
  3. From here you can add other veggies like thinly sliced radishes, Turkish cucumbers, carrot ribbons and green onions.
  4. Top the salad with something crunchy or crispy- roasted peanuts or crispy shallots.

Give this Thai Chicken Salad a try…. I know you’ll love the flavor! For more Thai – inspired dishes take a peek at these 25 Best Thai Recipes!

More entree salads you'll love!

Or my favorite… Thai Noodle Salad! Always a hit!

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Thai Chicken Salad with Spinach

Thai Chicken Salad

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Entree Salad
  • Method: tossed
  • Cuisine: Thai


 Thai Chicken Salad with baby spinach, spring herbs and scallions. A flavorful Thai-inspired Entree Salad.


Units Scale
Spinach Salad
  • 2 extra large handfuls baby spinach (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 Turkish cucumber, sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced at a diagonal
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup torn mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup torn basil leaves (Thai basil is nice) or sub more mint or cilantro.
Optional additions: avocado slices, thinly sliced jalapeno, toasted flaked coconut, sliced radishes, snap peas, store-bought crispy shallots, roasted peanuts. or make our Peanut Chili Crunch (Seroendeng).


  1. Place the coconut milk,  juice from half a small lime, salt, fish sauce and optional kefir lime leaves in a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
  2. Add the chicken breast, cover, and simmer gently for 15-25 minutes or until chicken pulls apart easily with two forks. Let cool.
  3. Place salad ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and toss gently to combine. Set aside.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, using two forks shred the chicken into bite-size pieces and set aside. Let the cooking liquid cool to room temp, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken to the salad bowl and spoon some of the cooled flavorful coconut broth over the salad,  toss gently just enough to coat the leaves lightly.
  6. Adjust salt and lime to taste. Divide among two large plates and garnish with lime wedges & crispy shallots and any other additional garnishes.


You can also make the chicken ahead, keeping some of the poaching liquid (which must be at room temperature) to toss with the salad.


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 393
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 1106.7 mg
  • Fat: 27.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 22.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.2 g
  • Fiber: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 30.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 82.7 mg

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  1. This recipe is my absolute favourite and the flavours OMG👌
    I add mango in mine also which is lovely on warmer summer days!

  2. My husband and I loved this! So easy and super free delicious! I added a little rice to bulk it up a little and it was perfect.

    1. You know, yes I think you could…but may be a bit bland? I would make crispy tofu, then add to Poaching liquid.

  3. I thought this was pretty tastey but a little bland/cool. I added some chopped peanuts and some sriracha and that pepped it right up! Perfect for a light dinner on a hot night!

    1. No, although you may only need to double ( instead of triple) the coconut poaching liquid, it may be enough??


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