Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad

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Salad as a meal? Yes, please! This quick and easy Vietnamese shredded chicken salad is packed with bright, spicy Southeast Asian flavors.

Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad in Bowl with Lime Wedges

As much as I love salad as a meal, it’s not usually enough for my husband, who is more of a protein-and-two-sides kind of guy. However, this is one salad I can get away with serving for dinner—it’s satisfying and packed with bright, spicy Southeast Asian flavors. Plus, it’s a breeze to make. Just shred a rotisserie chicken, chop some veggies, whisk the dressing, and voila—dinner is done! The recipe makes enough for 2 to 3 main course salads, and if you want to round out the meal, just add some store-bought crispy spring rolls on the side.

“Delicious and the perfect light meal for a warm summer night!”


What You’ll Need To Make Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad

Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad Ingredients
  • Shredded Chicken: Adds protein and a savory flavor. Using store-bought rotisserie chicken makes this salad quick to pull together.
  • Napa Cabbage: The primary greens used in the salad providing a crunchy and refreshing texture. Feel free to buy the pre-shredded variety.
  • Scallions: Offer a mild onion flavor and a bit of bite.
  • Carrots: Add sweetness and vibrant color.
  • Red Bell Pepper: Contributes a sweet, crisp element and additional color.
  • Fresh Mint: Enhances the salad with a bright, herbal note.
  • Fresh Cilantro: Adds a fresh, citrusy flavor.
  • Peanuts: Provide a crunchy, nutty element. These should be added right before serving the salad.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Adds a tangy, zesty flavor to the dressing.
  • Sriracha Sauce: Brings a subtle spicy kick.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dressing with a robust, aromatic flavor.
  • Sugar: Balances the acidity and heat with a touch of sweetness.
  • Fish Sauce: Adds a deep, savory umami layer to the dressing and gives it an authentic Vietnamese flavor.
  • Vegetable Oil: Creates a smooth, emulsified dressing.
  • Jump to the printable recipe for precise measurements

Step-by-Step Instructions

In a large salad bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients except for the peanuts.

Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad Ingredients in Bowl

In a separate bowl or jar, combine all of the ingredients for the dressing; whisk or shake until the sugar is dissolved.

emulsified dressing

Right before serving, add the dressing to the salad.

adding dressing to the salad

Toss to combine.

tossed salad in mixing bowl

Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the peanuts. Serve cold.

Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad on Platter with Lime Wedges and Scallions

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Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad

Salad as a meal? Yes, please! This quick and easy Vietnamese shredded chicken salad is packed with bright, spicy Southeast Asian flavors.

Servings: 2 to 3 main dish salads, 4 side salads


For the Salad

  • 2 heaping cups cooked shredded chicken, from one store-bought rotisserie chicken
  • 4 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grated or matchstick carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup roughly chopped fresh mint
  • ½ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts

For the Dressing

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice, from about 3 limes
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (preferably a brand imported from Thailand or Vietnam)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients except for the peanuts. In a separate bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the dressing; whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Right before serving, toss the dressing with the salad. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the peanuts. Serve cold.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 417
  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Sodium: 1169mg
  • Cholesterol: 50mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • OMG – soooo good! I mistakenly bought Oyster Sauce instead of Fish Sauce so I used the Oyster Sauce, added 1 Tbsp water and omitted the sugar. Can’t wait to try it with Fish Sauce. I got 4 generous portions from 1 recipe.

    • — Margaret on July 13, 2024
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  • Loved this salad! So much flavor. Will definitely make this again & again. However, will only put dressing on the amount to be consumed immediately. There was a huge decline in flavor the next day.

    • — Laura S on July 12, 2024
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  • This sounds amazing, but I can’t do the fish sauce. What could I substitute?
    Thanks in advance!

    • — Sharon H on July 9, 2024
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    • Hi Sharon, you can replace the fish sauce with soy sauce. The dressing won’t have that authentic Vietnamese flavor, but will still be delicious.

      • — Jenn on July 10, 2024
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  • Delicious – perfect for a hot summer day (and more filling than you would think)

    • — Joe on July 9, 2024
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  • My husband swooned after a first bite. This is a huge hit in my household. This tastes exceptionally good yet so easy to prepare! Definitely going to make this again and again! Thank you, Jen!!!

    • — Nadehiko1 on July 7, 2024
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  • So many pop up ads ! Can hardly read the recipe on my phone. Distracting.

    • — Maryann on July 7, 2024
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  • It was a hot day today andd your email with this recipe arrived. Decided it was just the thing for dinner! I poached my own chicken, as the store shredded chicken is rather dry. I altered the dressing just a wee bit, using 1/2 olive oil and half avocado oil and half sriracia sauce and half of the same brand’s excellent chili garlic sauce. Although hesitant to use all the fish sauce, I did. The dressing was perfect. I did omit peanuts, as my husband is extremely allergic. We both really loved this as we have loved so many of your recipes.

    • — Cindy on July 7, 2024
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  • I can’t use peanuts (allergy). Can I leave them out or substitute pumpkin seeds?

    • — Amanda on May 25, 2024
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    • Sure – either will work!

      • — Jenn on May 28, 2024
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  • delicious!!! I used roasted tofu instead of rotisserie chicken but will give the chicken a go next time. The dressing is perfect!

    • — Leticia on May 22, 2024
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  • Thank you for such an outstanding recipe.

    • — Joe on October 24, 2023
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  • SO GOOD!!

    • — Kathy on September 23, 2023
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  • Delicious and the perfect light meal for a warm summer night! Poached my own chicken as the grocery store one is on the dry side. Another winner. Thanks Jenn!

    • — Cindy on May 18, 2023
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  • I try to stay away from rotisserie chickens because the high salt content. Can I use grilled or air fryer chicken and get the same flavor?

    • — Linda Dunneback on May 15, 2023
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    • Sure, Linda, that’s fine!

      • — Jenn on May 15, 2023
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  • Another great recipe!!! This is so flavorful and different from anything else I’ve made. I’m sure it will be on the summer menu often!! Thank you!!!

    • — Janie on May 10, 2023
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  • This is an outstanding recipe. I also substituted large shrimp for the chicken just for a change as we have it so often.

    • — Carolyn D on April 19, 2023
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  • This salad is soooo good! The freshness and the flavors have once again captured rave reviews from my family. Thanks for another great recipe!

    • — Jan on March 28, 2023
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  • Jen, does this salad require the mint or can I double the cilantro? We’re not fans of mint.Jan

    • — Jan on March 27, 2023
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    • Hi Jan, You can just leave it out – it will still be delish!

      • — Jenn on March 28, 2023
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  • This is my all time favourite salad recipe! Actually it’s in my top 10 of any type of meal. I’ve made it so many times since I discovered it last summer. So quick to prepare too! If I could give it 10 stars I would. Thank you Jenn

    • — Yvonne on March 6, 2023
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  • Hi Jen, I’ve viewed many recipes using fish sauce. Kindly educate me as to how it tastes–does it actually give the dish a fishy taste or just add some flavoring without the fishy taste? Could you list the brand that you use?
    Thanks so much

    • — Diane on February 2, 2023
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    • Hi Diane, fish sauce definitely smells fishy but it tastes MUCH better than it smells. The flavor really isn’t fishy assuming you get a decent brand. It has more of a salty, slightly caramelly, savory flavor My favorite is Red Boat; second choices would be Thai Kitchen or A Taste of Thai. I’d definitely recommend you give it a try — I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

      • — Jenn on February 2, 2023
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      • Hi Jenn,
        I had the same questions about fish sauce. I don’t enjoy many fish dishes and my stomach turns at the thought of it. I even looked up how it is made; that made it worse! Lol!
        But I love love so many of your recipes, I must try this and trust you. I bought the Thai Kitchen at my WalMart store and will be giving this a try. Thank you for always sharing all of the many details for your delicious meals.

        • — Susan Wierman on July 9, 2024
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    • Thanks so much for educating me on fish sauce and the recommendations. I will definitely give it a try!

      • — Diane on February 4, 2023
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  • So amazing! My husband and I ate all of it. I used purple napa cabbage, which made it extra colorful.

    • — Natalie on January 12, 2023
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  • This was just so good!

    • — SM on January 8, 2023
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  • I had put a comment on here yesterday asking about a substitute for fish sauce? It was not approved following moderation? I didn’t think that was an inappropriate question to ask?

    • — SM on January 7, 2023
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    • Hi SM, It was definitely not inappropriate! You can use soy sauce instead — the salad will lack that traditional Vietnamese flavor, but it will still be good. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 9, 2023
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      • Thank you. I actually found fish sauce in the end. Made it for the second time today and it is honestly just out of this world. One of the best salads. Thank you for another amazing recipe.

        • — SM on January 15, 2023
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        • So glad you enjoyed it — thanks for reporting back!

          • — Jenn on January 16, 2023
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