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Asian Poached Chicken Salad with Pineapple

This Asian Chicken Salad with crushed pineapple has a simple Vietnamese style dressing and can be served in lettuce cups or as a salad. The sweetness of the pineapple is subtle and is a great way to use up leftover crushed pineapple!

This Asian Chicken Salad with crushed pineapple has a simple Vietnamese style dressing and can be served in lettuce cups or as a salad. Perfect as a light dinner or an appetizer! #poachedchicken #chicken #salad #Asianrecipes www.thisishowicook.com

I love chicken salads. They are a great use for any leftover chicken and though I started from scratch by poaching my chicken breasts, this can easily be made with a store bought roast chicken. Poaching chicken breasts is so easy and achieves a juicier and less salty chicken, than buying a rotisserie chicken. You will notice the difference I promise. The chicken was hand shredded. meaning I tore it into shreds before blending it with the dressing. Sounds weird but I like the size of the pieces much better than if I had chopped them.

Canned crushed pineapple was also used in this salad. I had some in the fridge and hating to waste anything, I decided to toss it in. Fresh pineapple or mango can also be used but I did love the way the crushed pineapple blended right in. Slices of coconut or shredded coconut would work well in this too.

This Asian Chicken Salad with crushed pineapple has a simple Vietnamese style dressing and can be served in lettuce cups or as a salad. Perfect as a light dinner or an appetizer! #poachedchicken #chicken #salad #Asianrecipes www.thisishowicook.com

You may have tried my Ultimate Very Favorite Chicken Salad – Goi Ga- and though this is similar they are not the same. This one is sweeter and being served in a lettuce cup is different than being served on a shrimp chip. I did make up a small cabbage salad to mix with this. We took our lettuce cups and some of the cabbage salad and combined them on our plate. A few extra slices of pineapple would have worked well too! These lettuce cups would be a wonderful appetizer but they also make a great light meal.

Learn how to poach chicken easily and you will find many ways to use it. I poached mine in chicken broth and depending on what you are making feel free to add herbs and spices that work with the recipe you will be using them in. And if you have tried both chicken salads I’d love to hear which you liked more!

This Asian Chicken Salad with crushed pineapple has a simple Vietnamese style dressing and can be served in lettuce cups or as a salad. Perfect as a light dinner or an appetizer! #poachedchicken #chicken #salad #Asianrecipes www.thisishowicook.com

And a Few More Chicken Salads:
Shredded Chicken Salad with Green Olives, Celery and Green Onion from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Southern Style Chicken Salad from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen
Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches from Valerie’s Kitchen


And Even More:

tacos al pastor, pineapple salsa
A great guacamole with dried pineapple, chipotle and tequila. Jazz up your avocados. You will love this new twist! #guacamole #dips #appetizers #MexicanFood www.thisishowicook.com
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This Asian Chicken Salad with crushed pineapple has a simple Vietnamese style dressing and can be served in lettuce cups or as a salad. Perfect as a light dinner or an appetizer! #poachedchicken #chicken #salad #Asianrecipes www.thisishowicook.com

Yield: 2 ServingsAuthor: Abbe OdenwalderPrint Recipe

Asian Poached Chicken Salad with Pineapple

This Asian Chicken Salad with crushed pineapple has a simple Vietnamese style dressing and can be served in lettuce cups or as a salad. The sweetness of the pineapple is subtle and is a great way to use up leftover crushed pineapple!
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 40 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless  and skinless chicken breasts
  • Chicken broth or water to cover
  • 3 heaping Tablespoons of crushed pineapple, drained or 1 mango
  • 1/2 c chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 c chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 c torn Thai Basil leaves (yes there is a difference between Italian basil and Thai basil)
  • 2 Thai or Jalapeno chilies, sliced thin
  • 1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated
  • 3 c chopped cabbage
  • 1 T mayonnaise
  • Chopped Peanuts and Fried Onions or Shallots for Garnish
Dressing

  • 3 T fresh squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 2 T fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 T packed brown sugar
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/4 to 1/2 t red pepper flakes

instructions

  1. Begin by poaching the chicken breasts. Place chicken breasts that have been slightly pounded in a  pot. Cover with chicken broth or water and herbs and spices of your choice.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low so that the water is at a bare simmer. Partly cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and allow the chicken to remain in hot liquid for 15 to 20 minutes. That is it! Now slice or shred for your recipe!
  3. Make dressing by whisking all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Remove 2 T dressing and add 1 T mayonnaise and whisk well. Toss with the 3 c of shredded cabbage and set aside.
  5. Add chicken, crushed pineapple, mint, cilantro, basil and chilies and toss to coat in the large bowl with the dressing. Spoon into lettuce cups. On a large platter, place cabbage salad in the middle and arrange lettuce cups around it. Garnish with fried onions or shallots and some chopped peanuts.
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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    April 10, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    This looks wonderful, such a great twist on chicken slaad!

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    Kitchen Riffs
    April 10, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    We're having a chicken salad for dinner tonight! Not as good as this one, though — wowzer, this looks wonderful. Shredded chicken has such interesting texture, doesn't it? This looks terrific — thanks.

  • Reply
    Gloria Baker
    April 11, 2018 at 1:17 am

    This looks wonderful!!

  • Reply
    Liz Berg
    April 11, 2018 at 1:22 am

    I'd be happy to eat this for my lunch day after day! It sounds wonderful!!!

  • Reply
    Angie Schneider
    April 11, 2018 at 4:20 am

    It reminds me of my favourite lettuce wraps. Love the combo with pineapple.

  • Reply
    Cakelaw
    April 11, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Yes!!! I love pineapple in savoury dishes and this sounds fantastic.

  • Reply
    Gerlinde de Broekert
    April 12, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    There is nothing better than a good chicken salad, I love the addition of the pineapple.

  • Reply
    kankana
    April 12, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    I love chicken with pineapple even on pizza! This is a great summer salad idea.

  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    April 13, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    My kind of salad! This looks truly delicious, Abbe, and so flavorful.

  • Reply
    mjskit
    April 16, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    This is going to make a great summer salad with fresh picked herbs from the garden. YAY! Thanks!

  • Reply
    KalynsKitchen
    May 2, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Sounds delicious! I am a big Thai Basil fan!

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