Thursday, July 17, 2014


In the heat of summer, an easy, hearty, no-cook salad is always appreciated.  That it's pretty too is just a bonus!
This is one of my favorite "cheater recipes" because you can use pre-cooked chicken (think rotisserie from the deli aisle), coleslaw mix from a bag and bottled peanut sauce.  All you have to do is chop a couple of green onions and a red bell pepper.  I like to make my own peanut sauce and I'll share my recipe at the end, but bottled peanut sauce is just as tasty and so easy.  
Thai Peanut Chicken Salad
Serves 6
3 C. cooked, chicken (shredded or cubed)
3/4 C. Thai Peanut Sauce (bottled or homemade)
1 pkg. (16 oz.) coleslaw mix
1 red bell pepper (chopped)
1/3 C. Toasted Sesame or Sesame Ginger salad dressing
3 green onions (sliced)
3/4 C. Chow Mein Noodles 
Pineapple or Mandarin Oranges optional, but ever so pretty.

Mix the chicken and Thai Peanut Sauce in a bowl.  Chop the green onion and red bell pepper.  In a large bowl, put the coleslaw mix, the red bell pepper and pineapple or mandarin oranges if using any. Stir in the salad dressing. Transfer it to an oblong serving dish or platter. (I used a glass 13X9 pan.  Presentation is everything, right?)
Spoon the chicken mixture over the the coleslaw mix and top with green onion and Chow Mein noodles. Serve and enjoy! Now how easy was that?
If you want to make your own peanut sauce, here is my recipe:
Thai Peanut Sauce
Makes about 3/4 Cup
6 Tbsp. peanut butter
4 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. sesame oil (you can sub olive oil or canola oil)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. crushed red chili flakes
6 Tbsp. water
Mix it all together until it's smooth.  (I use a wire whisk.) 


  1. I'm going to make this this weekend! Thanks for sharing.

  2. That looks delicious...even better on that beautiful new countertop of yours too!!!

  3. This sounds WONDERFUL! 'Gotta try it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  4. I like your own recipe for the peanut sauce and will give it a try- I don't like chow mein noodles but I'm thinking I'll sub glass noodles. Looks delicious, Danni.
    Easy, fast summer food- glad you shared!

  5. Oh! I can so get behind this, love the easy fling store bought stuff together idea!

  6. Looks delicious Danni, and I love that it's so easy.

  7. I would have to leave off the noodles, but this sounds like a great easy dish for company! I love anything with ginger in it.

  8. Yum, yum, yum! This would be something I would like for lunch :) Thanks for sharing a great recipe. Hugs to you, dear Danni!

  9. All my favorites ! Looks delicious, Danni :-)

  10. I am pinning this one! Looks delish, and with all the summer barbeques, this would be the perfect salad to bring! Cheers.

  11. I've never had this Danni! Oh my gosh it looks and sounds so good! And it's pretty!

  12. Yum! This sounds perfect for DL--I'm going to try it!

  13. For this non-cook, this is one recipe I think I can handle. Looks delicious and I love the idea of using store-bought rotisserie chicken!

  14. That looks ( and sounds ) so delicious Danni - pinning now !
    And I'm ringing the bell over here - Danni posted twice this week !!!

  15. Nom Nom Nom....Welcome back!!


  16. I'm going to make this soon. Love Thai Peanut salad. But I don't like bottled Peanut Sauce so I'll be making it from scratch. oooom yum! How's the job?

  17. This sounds delicious! I've pinned it so I can make it later!!! YUM!!~~Ang

  18. Perfect timing to break the monotony of the usual summer salads!

  19. This sounds great, I love chicken and noodles. When you say chow mein, do you buy them ready to go, as in already soft and flavoured, or are they left over from a Chinese takeaway ?
    Apologies if I sound a bit stupid !

  20. Easy, delish AND pretty! The trifecta!

    Pinning :).

  21. Wait, I swear I just commented, but now it's gone? Hmmm. Yum! Definitely going to be making this as I love a no-cook summer meal. Pretty counter top!

  22. Know what I absolutely LOVE about this recipe, Danni? The ingredients list. So many "Asian inspired" recipes call for off-the-wall stuff, thats why I don't cook more of it for the blog, or just in general. Thank you for an easy recipe with easy ingredients!!

  23. 'Made this tonight and we LOVE it! Thanks for the recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  24. One word - YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!! Pinning, sharing, making. LOVE. xxoo

  25. This looks amazing, thanks for the recipe. I love Thai food!