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Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

Vietnamese Chicken Salad Goi Ga
Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) is an easily prepared cabbage salad, made with rotisserie chicken and lots of herbs, topped with peanuts and fried shallots, and dressed with a sweet and tart dressing. I’ve been addicted to this for about 30 years!
Vietnamese Chicken Salad or "Goi Ga" is an easily prepared cabbage salad, made with rotisserie chicken and lots of herbs, topped with peanuts and fried shallots, and dressed with a sweet and tart spicy dressing. #salads #chickensalad #Vietnamesefood
 

There is hardly a better summer salad than Goi Ga, better known as Vietnamese chicken salad. For as long as I’ve been devouring Vietnamese food, I’ve been craving this authentic Vietnamese chicken salad.

I order it winter or summer, but I always order it. Unless of course I make my own. This is a super simple salad to make and is easily made with store bought rotisserie chicken, which is what I used last night.

Ordinarily poached chicken breasts are used, but not heating up the kitchen has its own rewards; especially when one has a home with just a swamp cooler and no ac. Not complaining, because in general it works very well. And wouldn’t you know, today’s weather in Denver may as well be fall. Baby, it’s chilly outside!

What’s in Vietnamese Chicken Salad or Goi Ga?

Vietnamese chicken salad is filled with the flavor of herbs. Mint, basil and cilantro to be exact. No lettuce greens in this, but crunchy cabbage that I also buy at the grocery in bags labeled angel hair cabbage. I said this salad was easy and I wasn’t joking!

Throw in some shredded carrots which I guess I could have bought too, but didn’t. I actually shredded them myself! Using my easy mandoline I sliced some red onion, chopped some peanuts and took a bag of fried shallots out of the freezer.

I buy these for a few bucks at an Asian market and they thaw almost immediately. They give great flavor and crunch to this salad. If you don’t have them, feel free to substitute the fried onion rings in a can-just make sure they are in tiny pieces!

Vietnamese Chicken Salad or "Goi Ga" is an easily prepared cabbage salad, made with rotisserie chicken and lots of herbs, topped with peanuts and fried shallots, and dressed with a sweet and tart spicy dressing. #salads #chickensalad #Vietnamesefood See more at www.thisishowicook.com

Nuoc Cham

Now let’s look at the dressing. Nuoc Cham is traditionally used, which is a very common dipping sauce in Vietnam. It is used for dipping egg rolls, dipping soft shell crab or anything fried, and as a dressing for this salad and many others. You will love it.

Tasting tart and sweet and full of garlic and a touch of chili, I think it was this sauce that made me fall in love with Vietnamese food. Fish sauce is a main ingredient of nuoc cham and is the salty element of the sauce. Kind of like soy sauce is to Japanese or Chinese cuisine, fish sauce is to Vietnamese.

If I were to choose my favorite ethnic food, Vietnamese would be it, without a doubt.

I love serving this traditional Vietnamese chicken salad with shrimp chips, just as they do in the restaurant we visit. For some reason I had a hard time finding them in the Asian market.

Alex picked up 5 boxes in Vietnam and brought them home to me. He came home with cuttlefish,  shrimp and fish chips-you name it! To be honest, I hate frying so I thought I would try them in the microwave. I did this with poppadoms once and it worked!

I took 5 wafers out of the box, brushed both sides with oil, placed them on a paper plate, microwaved on high for one minute and they came out as cute little cups. Perfect to place a few bites of chicken salad on! I did try weighting them to see if they would come out flat, but they still formed a cute little cup. If you can find them, try them. Kind of like a Vietnamese tortilla chip!

Vietnamese Chicken Salad or "Goi Ga" is an easily prepared cabbage salad, made with rotisserie chicken and lots of herbs, topped with peanuts and fried shallots, and dressed with a sweet and tart spicy dressing. #salads #chickensalad #Vietnamesefood See more at www.thisishowicook.com

If you’ve never tried Vietnamese food, what’s stopping you?

I must admit to not being a lover of pho which seems to be competing with ramen lately. I do love a chicken pho, but the beef escapes me. Love the noodles though! And if pho is all you know, you are off to a good start.

But then again there are banh mi’s, which are starting to appear everywhere. These Vietnamese sandwiches on French baguettes filled with pickled veggies, jalapenos and cilantro can be found stuffed with everything from pate to grilled pork and chicken. We find them for about $4 and feel like we are robbing someone! Check out a good Vietnamese restaurant. You won’t be disappointed!

Vietnamese Chicken Salad or "Goi Ga" is an easily prepared cabbage salad, made with rotisserie chicken and lots of herbs, topped with peanuts and fried shallots, and dressed with a sweet and tart spicy dressing. #salads #chickensalad #Vietnamesefood See more at www.thisishowicook.com

And now it’s time to make this salad… so I can go eat my leftovers!

More To Try:
Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

 Vietnamese Soft Shell Crab

Vietnamese Soft Shell Crab

Vietnamese Meatball Noodle Bowl

Vietnamese Meatball Noodle Bowl

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Vietnamese Chicken Salad Goi Ga

Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salads/Mains
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese

Description

Vietnamese Chicken Salad or “Goi Ga” is an easily prepared cabbage salad, made with rotisserie chicken and lots of herbs, topped with peanuts and fried shallots, and dressed with a sweet and tart spicy dressing.


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Ingredients

  • 1 bag Angel Hair Cole Slaw or about 34 c shredded cabbage
  • 2 carrots-shredded
  • 1/2 of a Bermuda onion sliced very thin
  • 1/4 c chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 c small mint leaves
  • 1/4 c fresh basil leaves (If you have Thai basil, so much the better!)
  • Rotisserie Chicken (I used both breasts and tore them into shreds. No chopping!)
  • 4 T coarsely chopped peanuts
  • 3 T fried shallots

Nuoc Cham

  • 1/4 c freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 12 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 T fish sauce (I use Three Crabs. There is a huge taste difference from one brand to another.)
  • 4 T water
  • 4 T sugar
  • 1/4 t red chili flakes
  • 1 T sweet chili sauce (Mae Ploy)

Instructions

  1. Make the Nuoc Cham. Combine all ingredients and stir until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage, carrots, onion, and half of the cilantro, mint and basil. Top with torn chicken and sprinkle with the rest of the herbs, peanuts and shallots.
  3. I serve the nuoc cham separately so that each diner can dress the salad the way they prefer. I also serve this with fried shrimp chips as they do in the restaurant we visit. Pile a big bite of salad on each shrimp chip, add a spoonful of nuoc cham and eat! (See above)

Keywords: Vietnamese Chicken Salad, Recipe for Vietnamese Chicken Salad, Vietnamese Chicken Salad Recipe, Vietnamese Chicken Salad Dressing, Goi Ga, Vietnamese Chicken Salad Cabbage, Authentic Vietnamese Chicken Salad, Traditional Vietnamese Chicken Salad

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  • The-FoodTrotter
    May 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I haven’t been there for ages and I regret it so much, I missed so many mouthwatering recipes ^^ This salad looks so fresh and crunchy I need to do it ASAP ^^

  • La Table De Nana
    August 8, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I would love this..I think I have NH sauce in the fridge..bought.
    Thanks!

  • mjskit
    August 8, 2017 at 2:32 am

    This recipe certainly takes the boredom out of chicken salad! Thanks for introducing a new flavor for an old standby. Looks yummy!

  • lisa is cooking
    August 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I love all the flavors in this salad! I've made a similar salad, but it's been way too long. Can't wait to make it again.

  • Bacon Fatte
    August 7, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I'm dying to taste this… It all sounds so fresh and delicious!

  • Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    August 7, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I've never heard of goi ga, much less eaten it, but I need to remedy that! This sounds completely addictive. PS, I'll send some Phoenix heat your way, if you're interested 🙂

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 8, 2017 at 12:40 am

      You do need to remedy that. My mom always comes here for Vietnamese. Says it is hard to find in Phoenix. Do you know?

  • Sharon D
    August 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    You're so innovative, Abbe. I didn't know we could do that with popadums and shrimp chips! Sure learned something new today. ^.^
    This is a gorgeous salad and oh-so-delicious ..the kind I don't mind having regularly.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 8, 2017 at 12:39 am

      Thanks Sharon! It actually worked quite well! I was so happy.

  • HWC Magazine
    August 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    This is so delicious! We could eat this every day! Simple, easy and a snap to throw together… Win-win!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 5, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      I could eat this every day, too! And the nuoc cham keep for a long time in the fridge!

  • In Good Flavor
    August 5, 2017 at 12:38 am

    I'm getting so hungry looking at this! It looks gorgeous!! I'm Vietnamese and used to have this salad often growing up. With an American husband who avoids vegetables but loves his meat, cheese, and potatoes, I don't make Vietnamese food nearly as often as I would like. And shrimp chips! LOVE the shrimp chips!! But some brands taste like you're eating paper and others are so good!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 5, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks so much. You really need to get your husband eating Vietnamese. It is addicting. My husband loves this salad-I think because he loves the crunchy shrimp chips. Ours were a touch peppery which made them doubly delicious!This salad is great to keep on hand. Wait to dress it at the table and throw the peanuts and shallots on last. That way you can always have a bag in the fridge ready to eat!

  • Tricia Buice
    August 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    P.S. How do you fry your shallots?

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 5, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      There are two ways-though I admit to buying mine in bags from the freezer section of the Asian market. Chop up the shallots and dust them with flour. Saute them in a few tablespoons of oil. They crisp up really fast. You can then use that oil for something else. You can also slice the shallots and then saute them until crisp in oil which will make them crisp. Either way-and like I said the fried onion rings in the can or the ones in the bag in the salad section work well, too! Thanks Tricia!

  • Tricia Buice
    August 4, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    We don't have very many good Asian restaurants in our area – we're just a small bedroom community so we have to travel north to DC or south to Richmond for the good stuff. But not now! I can make my own with this lovely recipe. Thanks for the recommendation for fish sauce – I never know which one to buy. I remember the swamp coolers and whole house fans when I lived in Littleton, Aurora and Englewood. The humidity here is crazy this week – yuck! Those shrimp chips are fascinating – a must try!

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    August 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I've not seen the shredded angel-hair cabbage! Now on my list of things to look for 😉 I would love this crunchy, delicious salad any time. I can see how it would be very addictive!

  • mimi rippee
    August 4, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Gorgeous! Wish I had all of the ingredients for this now. I use Red Boat fish sauce. Do you have an opinion on it?

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      August 8, 2017 at 12:38 am

      Red Boat is great. I buy Three Crabs only because it is usually a bit cheaper! Both are super! Thanks Mimi!

  • Liz Berg
    August 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    This looks like my dream salad! Why have I never eaten one before???? Can't wait to give it a try. xo

  • Angie Schneider
    August 4, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Oh..I want this so badly! Looks so crunchy and delicious!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    August 4, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Vietnamese food is really good! And something I almost never cook for some reason — we always go to a restaurant when we're craving it. I should start — it not difficult at all. This dish especially — really flavorful and nice. Thanks!