Saigon Chicken Salad

255 mins (prep 60)
27 ingredients
makes 4 to 6 servings
Kajsa Alger, chef and co-owner (with super-chef Susan Feniger) of Street in Los Angeles , isn't a fan of chicken breast. "It's my least favorite meat," she says . So if chicken breast is to make it onto Street's menu, it has to be something special. This salad—inspired by Vietnamese green papaya salad—is anything but boring.

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  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro (including stems)
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 4-inch-long bottom portion of large lemongrass stalk, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 large kaffir lime leaves, minced (1 generous teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast halves (4 to 5)
  • 5 tablespoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
  • 1/4 cup (packed) light palm sugar or golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced thai chiles or serrano chiles with seeds
  • 2 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 3 cups 2-inch pieces trimmed chinese long beans or green beans (about 10 ounces)
  • 8 ounces plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, seeds and pulp removed, shells cut into long thin strips
  • 1 cup coarsely grated peeled daikon (japanese white radish) or trimmed red radishes
  • 1 cup coarsely grated seeded persian cucumbers (about 3)
  • 1 cup very thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1 cup coarsely grated carrot
  • 1 cup celery leaves
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced on diagonal
  • 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts, split in half
  • ingredient info: lemongrass, fish sauce, palm sugar, and daikon can be found at some supermarkets and at asian markets. kaffir lime leaves are sold frozen or sometimes fresh at asian markets. if unavailable, substitute 1 tables poon fresh lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel for each lime leaf.
  • test-kitchen tip: palm sugar can be very hard, making it difficult to measure. to soften it, microwave the palm sugar (s till in the jar) in 10-second intervals at 50 percent power.


Serving Size (328.79 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 501.95 Calories from Fat 409.23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45.47g 279.81%
Saturated Fat 6.73g 134.64%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 1568.75mg 261.46%
Total Carbohydrate 18.06g 24.08%
Dietary Fiber 7.57 g 121.09%
Sugars 5.29 g %
Protein 12.04g 96.29%
Vitamin A 641.22IU% Vitamin C 18.02mg%
Calcium 112.46mg% Iron 2.44mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
chopped fresh cilantro, fresh lemon juice, lemongrass stalk, large, large, coarse kosher salt, skinless boneless chicken breast halves, fresh lime juice, thai chiles, or, serrano chiles, minced, large garlic cloves, or, chinese long beans, trimmed, plum tomatoes, peeled, persian cucumbers, grated, seeded, very thinly sliced green cabbage, grated carrot, celery leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, salted, ingredient, palm sugar, tip