Low carb salads have never tasted as warm and inviting as this delicious Thai chicken salad recipe!
Because low carb recipes for salads can be boring, but this Thai infused healthy recipes far from it! Full of herbs and mix-ins with varied textures and flavors — this salad recipes full of SO many goodies, no two bites will taste the same!
This Thai chicken salad recipe is one of the shining stars of all my chicken salad recipes and I just know you’re going to love it too! The puckery peanut sauce and sweet mango are out of this world delicious!
Let’s get started!
I absolutely love the flavor-packed peanut sauce that gives this Thai chicken salad recipe its full-bodied flavor. I’ve always been a fan of peanut sauce and I can’t think of anything more special to use it in than a Thai inspired chicken salad.
This recipe is so easy to throw together it’s amazing! And the layers of flavor will put a sparkle in your eye. Here are more reasons to love it!
- 3 simple steps to Yum!
- Sweet peanut sauce
- Plenty of tasty textures
- No crazy kitchen gadgets
- Lots of fresh herbs
This Thai chicken salad recipe is so over the top tasty, you won’t believe it’s a healthy chicken salad! The layers of flavor are built-in, but they tend to develop more over time.
It’s important to mix the dressing first and set it aside (or in the fridge) to mingle while you do your chopping. Then give it another good mix before you add all those beautiful textures.
You should also let your salad sit in the fridge for half an hour before serving to coax out all those multidimensional flavors!
You’ll also want to try and slice all your veggies (and fruit) approximately the same size and shape. Believe it or not, it’ll make your Thai chicken salad taste better by allowing a myriad of textures and layers of flavor in every bite.
Lastly, as with many recipes containing peanut butter the peanut sauce may thicken as it sits, especially in the fridge. If this happens, you can sprinkle in a few drops of water or soy sauce to thin things up a bit.
Peanut Butter — To keep this Thai chicken salad recipe low carb, you’ll want to make sure and use peanut butter with no sugar added. This means reading store-bought labels or even making your own. (It’s not difficult)
Ginger — Next is ginger. For this recipe, it’s best to use fresh ginger and peel it before grating it up. It’ll give your peanut sauce that extra warm inviting bite that says, Thai!
Sweetener — I’m sure you noticed that this recipe calls for liquid stevia where a large majority of recipes call for honey or brown sugar. Feel free to use what you have, I use stevia to cut the carbs and keep the dressing close to sugar-free!
Tools To Make
Here’s the beauty of this recipe. No crazy gadgets! You only need a few simple items to make this incredible Thai chicken salad:
- Medium bowl
- Large bowl
- Knife and cutting board
Healthy Lunch Storing Tips
Storing your Thai chicken salad recipe is as simple as tossing it in an airtight container with a secure lid and popping it in the fridge. This chicken salad actually makes an amazing mason jar salad that’s perfect for your weekly healthy lunch ideas!
If you’re making this ahead of time, stash your dressing and salad separately so your Thai chicken salad doesn’t get soggy while it waits to be eaten.
Your biggest obstacle will be keeping it around (it tends to disappear quickly)!
Can You Freeze This?
Unfortunately, this Thai chicken salad recipe doesn’t freeze well. All those crisp fresh veggies lose their crunch, throwing a big monkey wrench in that whole texture thing!
You can, however, freeze the peanut sauce to have on hand for dipping and quick Thai chicken salads. I like to put it in an ice cube tray.
First, I let it harden in the freezer and then cover it in saran wrap to protect it. Then I just pop out a few cubes and thaw them in the microwave or let them slow thaw in the fridge, depending on how fast I want to use my peanut sauce.
Low Carb Lunch Meal Prepping Tips
One of the easiest ways to prep for this Thai chicken salad recipe for future low carb lunch ideas is to pre-make the peanut sauce and freeze it in ice cube trays.
You can also slice your veggies ahead of time and put them in an airtight container in the fridge.
The fresh herbs and mango should be added when you actually mix your Thai chicken salad recipe. Slicing the mango and storing it with the veggies ahead of time could inadvertently soften the veggies, so you’ll want to wait.
Fresh herbs are also very delicate, so you don’t want to chop those ahead of time.
Tweaking this Thai chicken salad recipe to suit your personal taste and dietary needs is so simple! There are so many different things you can do, you’ve got the world at your feet:
Is This Chicken Salad Recipe Low Carb?
Absolutely! This Thai inspired chicken salad is not only one of my most popular low carb chicken recipes, but it’s also one of my FAVORITES! I love making chicken salad wraps (using my low carb wraps of course) with a healthy dollop of this yummy peanut sauce!
To cut the carb count, even more, leave out the mango! This salad is just as delicious without it.
How Can I Make This Healthier?
Make this Thai chicken salad recipe healthier by adding in more of your favorite veggies (even if they aren’t Thai, it’s YOUR salad!!)
Toss in some sliced avocado for an avocado chicken salad. Add some fresh berries instead of mango for an antioxidant boost! Swap peanuts for your favorite healthy nut.
If you fancy a flavor twist, try it with rotisserie or grilled chicken and turn it into a grilled chicken salad!
Can I Add More Greens?
Of course, and I actually recommend it!! Aside from using green cabbage or bok choy, you can serve your Thai chicken salad recipe over a bed of dark leafy greens.
You can also wrap it in layers of Romaine lettuce and spinach or take things in a completely different direction by making tasty aromatic tarragon chicken salad.
Looking for even more greens? No problem, I got you! Making pesto chicken salad will give you plenty of deep fragrant spices and a chicken salad you can sink your teeth into!
Can I Add More Spices Into This Low Carb Chicken Salad?
Sure thing! Make your peanut sauce spicy, by adding red pepper flakes or hoisin sauce. Using sriracha is also another nice way to add some heat.
What Other Savory Dressing Can I Try?
Thai chicken salad has a warm and inviting flavor profile, but if peanut sauce isn’t your fav, that’s okay. Toss this salad in BBQ sauce for BBQ chicken salad, instead! I know it sounds weird, but you’ll LOVE IT!
Honey mustard chicken salad is another dressing you can’t go wrong with.
Thai Chicken Salad
- 1 Cup Carrots* shredded
- 4 Cups Cabbage shredded. I used green cabbage, bok choy or napa will work as well.
- 1 Red pepper thinly sliced
- 1/2 Cup Green Onions sliced
- 1/2 Cup Cilantro chopped
- 1/4 Cup Mint chopped
- 1 Cup Mango* thinly sliced
- 2 Cups Chicken Breast shredded
- 1/2 Cup Peanuts chopped
- Combine the dressing ingredients in a small salad shaker. Taste, and add more sweetener/spice if desired. Set aside.
- Add salad ingredients to a large bowl, and stir to combine.
- Pour dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
- Top with peanuts, and enjoy!
Finding healthy chicken recipes isn’t too difficult but finding low carb healthy chicken recipes that taste great can be challenging to say the least. Luckily, incredible flavors can be developed without carbs or sugar, and they can be healthy.
In fact, they can be so scrumptious the entire family will love them… and request them often. Here are some of my most popular healthy chicken recipes for you to try. See which ones are your favorite!
- Canned Chicken Salad
- Rotisserie Chicken Salad
- Southwest Chicken Salad
- Chicken Salad with Apples
- Mexican Chicken Salad
Making Thai chicken salad is an easy way to develop tons of flavor and put a robust spin on regular old chicken salad. Eat it for lunch, serve it as an appetizer or even make it an incredible family dinner that’ll have them giddy with excitement.
Make it sweet, make it spicy – just make it! And let me know what you think in the comments below! Enjoy!