Chicken & Green Papaya Salad

Chicken & Green Papaya Salad

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From: EatingWell Magazine March/April 1994

Lean boneless, skinless chicken breasts take a trip to Asia when tossed with unripe papaya, grated carrots, garlic, chile paste and cilantro. Wrap the salad in rice paper wrappers to make fresh spring rolls. Make it a meal: Iced Lychees are a cool finish to this Asian supper.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and poached (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese red chili paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 green papaya, peeled, seeded and finely grated (see Note)
  • 2 carrots, finely grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated


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  1. Shred chicken and set aside.
  2. Stir together vinegar, chili paste, garlic and sugar in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Combine papaya, carrots, cilantro and the chicken in a medium bowl. Pour on dressing and toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Mound on a bed of lettuce leaves and serve.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.
  • Tip: To poach chicken breasts: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan and add lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Note: An unripe green papaya is used as a vegetable in Asian soups or salads.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 250 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 15 g carbohydrates; 37 g protein; 70 mcg folate; 96 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 7451 IU vitamin A; 51 mg vitamin C; 61 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 346 mg sodium; 641 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1/2 vegetable, 51/2 lean meat

Reviews 1

August 13, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Bland I would not recommend making this dish. Although it was easy to prepare enough for a week's worth of lunches, the flavor was bland. The sauce on it was just OK, but could not compensate for the lackluster dish. Pros: Easy for work lunch Cons: Bland taste