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vietnamese chicken salad

Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Candied Chilli Cashews

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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 Servings


Fresh, bright, green and packed with Vietnamese flavours, this adaptable and delicious Vietnamese chicken salad is everything you could ever want in a quick summer salad. You can view the cook-along video here.


  • 300g roasted shredded chicken
  • 15g mint leaves
  • 15g coriander leaves
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 60ml lime juice
  • 60ml water
  • 1 garlic clove
  • cabbage – thinly sliced
  • half a cucumber – deseeded and thinly sliced into diagonal half-moons
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced

Caramelised Cashews 

  • 60g sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 100g roasted cashews
  • pinch of chilli flakes or 1 tsp of sriracha


  1. Place a piece of parchment paper onto your work surface.
  2. Heat the sugar and water in a pan until the sugar dissolves and starts to turn golden. Keep a close eye on it and remove it from the heat once it turns a deep golden brown colour. Stir in the chilli flakes (or sriracha if using) and the cashews. Then turn the cashews out on the baking paper to cool.
  3. Once the cashews have cooled, chop them into bite-sized pieces
  4. Make the dressing. In a large bowl big enough to fit the salad, mix together the sugar and water until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Add the chilli, garlic, lime juice and fish sauce and stir to combine.
  6. Prepare the vegetables as directed, then add the chicken, cabbage, cucumber, and pepper and toss to coat in the dressing.
  7. Add the mint and coriander leaves to the salad and toss to combine.
  8. Pile the salad onto a plate and top with the candied cashews.
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 717.43kcal
  • Sugar: 50.77g
  • Sodium: 2215.07mg
  • Fat: 38.31g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.89g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 27.04g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 71.11g
  • Fiber: 4.84g
  • Protein: 29.18g
  • Cholesterol: 73.46mg

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