Fish sauce is the soy sauce of Southeast Asia--more pungent at first blush but very aromatic and malleable when combined with other flavors, like the chicken, vegetables and peanuts in this light, refreshing salad.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place chicken in a skillet or saucepan and add enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and gently simmer until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, shred into bite-size strips.

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  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Stir in rice noodles and cook until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.

  • Whisk vinegar, fish sauce and sugar to taste in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Add the chicken, noodles, cabbage, cucumber, carrot, basil and peanuts; toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare salad up to 8 hours in advance. Toss with peanuts just before serving.

Ingredient Note: Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian sauce made from salted, fermented fish. It can be found in the Asian section of large supermarkets and in Asian specialty markets

Nutrition Facts

401.6 calories; protein 31.6g 63% DV; carbohydrates 43.2g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 4.4g 18% DV; sugars 11.1g; fat 12g 18% DV; saturated fat 2.2g 11% DV; cholesterol 62.7mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 6068.9IU 121% DV; vitamin c 25.1mg 42% DV; folate 33.9mcg 9% DV; calcium 99.6mg 10% DV; iron 1.7mg 9% DV; magnesium 67.3mg 24% DV; potassium 432.2mg 12% DV; sodium 791.7mg 32% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 11% DV.

Reviews (2)

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Rating: 2 stars
10/05/2012
Needs something Bland was a good descriptor. The dressing needs more. I added toasted sesame oil and topped it off with sriracha sauce and it was still OK. Pros: Quick easy Cons: bland Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/30/2011
Pretty good but a little bland. I was short on basil and think the full cup would have helped with the flavor. Next time I would also add some red pepper flakes to the sauce to perk it up a bit. Read More