Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but this week flew by. I love staying busy, but sometimes I find it difficult to plan and prepare quick meals during the week. Most of the time I stick to salads, sandwiches and meals prepared on the grill when I need something prepared in 30 minutes or less. This Thai chicken salad is one of my favorite quick and easy meals. You have to marinate the chicken for at least an hour, but the rest of the meal comes together relatively fast. It includes fresh veggies, marinated chicken, crunchy chow mein noodles and creamy dressing.

I love edamame and I’ve started to add it to meals more often. Steamed and salted is my favorite way to enjoy it, but I also love it layered over salad. It adds a unique flavor and texture to the dish. The dressing is loaded with flavor and perfectly complements the salad. It is rich, creamy and little bit spicy.  I marinated the chicken in two simple ingredients and then grilled it. So simple, but incredibly fresh and flavorful.

What are some of your favorite quick and easy weeknight meals? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad

Yields about 4 servings

Thai Chicken Salad
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    For the chicken:
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. minced hot pepper
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. fish sauce
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • For the salad:
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup cooked and shelled edamame
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ¾ cup wonton crisps or chow mein noodles


  1. To make the chicken, whisk soy sauce and ginger together in a small bowl. Place chicken in mixture and marinate in refrigerator for about one hour. After marinating, prepare grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Place the chicken on the grill directly over the fire and cook until the juices run clear and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 to 8 minutes on each side.
  2. To make the dressing, combine garlic, pepper, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, lime juice, oil and fish sauce in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add the peanut butter and water and whisk again until smooth and creamy.
  3. To assemble the salad, divide ingredients into 4 servings, layer with chicken and top with dressing.

dressing adapted from Pinch of Yum; chicken and salad are a Spoonful of Flavor original


  1. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    I love easy salads and this looks so refreshing. My easy week night dinners are usually some sort of stir fry (chicken or beef) and I usually just use any veggies I have on hand. Always less than 30 minutes but tasty!

    • Ashley

      I love stir fry but I don’t make it very often. I need to add it to my menu again soon!

  2. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies

    Your Thai chicken salad looks great! I need to remember to keep edamame on hand more often. We both love it and it’s a great way to add some protein, but I just never remember to put it on the grocery list!

    As for my favorite weeknight meals, this recipe for Mu Shu Chicken is one of my favorites. If you already have some sort of cooked meat on hand (chicken, pork, beef), you can have dinner ready in 15-20 minutes. And my husband says that this is his “favorite” dish I make, so that’s a big plus too!

    • Ashley

      Thanks for sharing the Mu Shu recipe, Jamie! I have all the ingredients on hand so I will have to make it this week.

  3. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I love to have salads and sandwiches when I don’t have the time to prepare something more complex… but I certainly like my salads to be as tasty as this one! I love the idea and I need to try it as soon as possible. It looks so delish!
    Have a lovely weekend, Ashley! x

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Consuelo! I hope you had a great weekend.

    • Ashley

      I love using edamame too, I just need to start finding a few other uses for it.

  4. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Oh my gosh Ashley – this salad looks AMAZING! The photo makes me want to grab a fork and dig in! I love this kind of salad.

    • Ashley

      Thanks Kristi, it is one of my favorite salads!

    • Ashley

      Thanks Amy!

  5. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    What a refreshing salad, Ashley! A must try for sure. I enjoy edamame in my salads as well.

    Some of my favorite easy weeknight meals are salads, soups and casseroles. I really like making casseroles because we usually have leftovers for a couple of days!

  6. Denise

    Hi! Ashley, I am visiting from Let’s Get Social Sunday. This salad looks so amazing. I love Thai flavors. I am definitely going to try your recipe. I love the addition of edamame. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am a new GFC and Pinterest follower. Stop by and see me when you can. Have a great day!

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