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Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga Bap Cai)

Now THIS is a salad: fresh herbs, crunchy veggies and poached chicken that’s tender and juicy. But the real hero? That Vietnamese salad dressing. Warn your tastebuds – they’re about to know what heaven tastes like.

In collaboration with Fever-Tree Australia.


Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga Bap Cai)

10 mins
20 mins

2 x 200g (7 oz) skinless and boneless chicken breast fillets

2 cups green cabbage, finely shredded

½ carrot, julienned

¼ red onion, finely sliced

¼ cup spring onion, sliced on the diagonal

1 long red chilli, julienned

¼ cup fried shallots

¼ cup roasted peanuts, crushed or finely chopped

¼ cup mint leaves

¼ cup Vietnamese mint leaves



¼ cup white sugar

2 tbsp white vinegar

2 tbsp Vietnamese fish sauce

  • Step 1

    Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add the chicken breasts and immediately reduce the heat to low. Gently simmer for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off but allow the chicken to continue cooking in the hot liquid for a further 5 minutes. Then transfer the chicken to a bowl or tray. Place in the fridge to cool down until it’s comfortable to handle. Shred the chicken and place in a large bowl.

  • Step 2

    In a separate bowl, whisk together ingredients for the dressing. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    To the chicken, add the cabbage, carrot, red onion, spring onion and chilli. Add the salad dressing and toss until well combined. Next, add the mint, Vietnamese mint, half the fried shallots and half the peanuts. Then gently toss everything again, taking care to not bruise the herbs.

  • Step 4

    Transfer to a serving bowl and scatter over the remainder of the fried shallots and peanuts.

  • Notes

    – If Vietnamese mint is unavailable, replace it with extra mint.

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What our customers say

5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 4 reviews)
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You must try this one!

April 24, 2024

Very easy and tastes AMAZING!

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Super easy and super quick. Perfection!

November 9, 2023

Made this after a long, warm day at work. I made the salad and dressing in the time the chicken cooked!

Couldn’t believe how tasty it was for homemade food!!!

Will definitely be making again

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Quick, Tasty, Delicious

September 18, 2023

Another Wednesday, another Marion recipe test. As usual this did not disappoint. Cheated with BBQ chicken and swapped out cabbage for cos lettuce. Dressing is the bomb!!!! On the table and eating in record time.

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