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Chicken and Banana Blossom Salad Recipe

This Thai salad kicks drab chicken salad to the curb with tender roasted chicken, banana blossoms, crispy shallots, and a creamy coconut-lime dressing.

by Munchies Staff
Aug 21 2015, 3:06pm

Servings: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes


for the fried shallots:
1 whole shallot
rice flour
canola oil, for frying

for the salad:
2 cups roasted chicken, picked
1/2 cup banana blossom, sliced very thin
1/4 cup lemongrass, sliced very thin
1/2 cup cashews, toasted
1/2 cup cilantro

for the dressing:
1.8 ounces chili jam (we make our own at the restaurant but you can easily purchase it at any Asian grocery that carries Thai Items. It will be labeled Nam Prik Pao)
3/4 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
.5 ounces palm sugar


1. First, make the fried shallots by thinly slicing and lightly tossing in rice flour. In a deep skillet, fry in 350° canola oil until crispy. Drain on paper towel and set aside.

2. Place all of the ingredients for the dressing in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.

3. In a bowl, mix chicken, banana blossom, lemongrass, cashews, and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Add in dressing and lightly coat, to taste. Transfer onto plate and top with fried shallots.

From Chef's Night Out: Thirty Acres

lime juice
coconut milk
rice flour
canola oil
fish sauce
palm sugar
roasted chicken
banana blossom
chili jam