Turn rotisserie chicken into an easy, healthy and colorful Thai Chicken Salad. Coconut milk, brown sugar, peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, and red pepper make a spicy Thai peanut dressing that is bursting with flavor! Topped with toasted peanuts for extra crunch! Enjoy it as an easy lunch or dinner.
Rotisserie Chicken Recipes
Do you get cravings for salads in the winter? Get tired of soup and heavy foods? I do. But it’s not the time for summery salads with tomatoes and basil and all the flavors of summer. I want something a bit more creamy.
Rotisserie chickens are such an easy way to get a quick dinner on the table, sometimes I do nothing more than crisp it back up under the broiler. My favorite thing to do though, is use the meat for easy soups or salads. These Brown Rice Chicken Waldorf Salad and Chicken and Sweet Potato Farro Salad are two favorites.
Ingredients and Tips for Making a Thai Chicken Salad
- Rotisserie Chicken – use shredded breast meat from one rotisserie chicken, can use dark if you prefer.
- Romaine Lettuce – can use kale, spinach or a blend to increase the nutrients.
- Fresh Bean Sprouts – some stores have stopped carrying them because they can harbor bacteria. To get that same crunch, you can thinly shred some cabbage or just increase the carrots and celery.
- Carrots – shredded. A food processor or a box grater makes this easy.
- Celery – sliced.
- Peanuts – dry roasted.
- Lime Wedges – for serving.
Ingredients and Tips for Making Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing
- Coconut Milk – can use light coconut milk if you are counting calories.
- Brown Sugar
- Creamy Peanut Butter
- Fresh Lime Juice – Fresh lime juice really does taste better than bottled!
- Soy Sauce – lower sodium if you are watching your salt intact.
- Ground Red Pepper – can use more if you like it hotter.
How to Make this Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing
This is a quick and easy salad to prepare!
Make the mouth-watering Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing by combining the coconut milk, brown sugar, peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce and pepper in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, while stirring. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes to thicken up. Remove from the heat and let it cool for about 2 minutes.
While the dressing is cooking, tear the lettuce into bite sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Shred the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken and add to bowl. Add the bean sprouts (if using.) Shred the carrots and slice the celery and add to bowl.
Top with the cooled dressing, toss to combine. Garnish with peanuts and lime wedges
This is a Cooking Light recipe that I modified a bit.
Some other easy recipes using rotisserie chicken:
- Chicken, Rice and Mango Lettuce Wraps
- Tarragon Chicken Salad Veronique
- Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Fresh Mint
If you make this Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing, be sure and leave a comment and let me know what you thought. You can also post a photo and tag me on Instagram!
Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing
- 6 cups romaine lettuce torn
- 2 cups rotisserie chicken breast
- 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
- 1 cup carrots shredded
- 3/4 cup celery sliced
- 2/3 cup coconut milk can use light
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 2 tablespoons dry-roasted peanuts coarsely chopped
- 4 lime wedges optional
- Combine the lettuce, chicken, sprouts, carrots and celery in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan, combine the coconut milk, brown sugar, peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce and cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes or until it thickens slightly. Remove from heat and let cool for 2 minutes. Pour over salad and top with peanuts. Serve with lime wedges.
Romaine Lettuce - can use kale, spinach or a blend to increase the nutrients.
Fresh Bean Sprouts - some stores have stopped carrying them because they can harbor bacteria. To get that same crunch, you can thinly shred some cabbage or just increase the carrots and celery.
Coconut Milk - can use light coconut milk if you are counting calories.
Fresh Lime Juice - Fresh lime juice really does taste better than bottled!
Soy Sauce - lower sodium if you are watching your salt intact.
Ground Red Pepper - can use more if you like it hotter.
This post was originally published in 2016 and updated for 2019.