Make Ahead

Spiced Chicken Slaw

June  2, 2014
0 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 8 as a side, 4 as a main
Author Notes

Take this spicy slaw to your next picnic or family gathering or hide it in the fridge for lunch.... —inpatskitchen

What You'll Need
  • For the chicken:
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bone-in, skin-on chicken breast (about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds), halved
  • For the dressing and slaw:
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or any neutral oil
  • 8 cups shredded green cabbage (about 1 small head)
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. For the chicken:
  2. In a saucepan large enough to hold two halved chicken breasts side by side, add about 2 cups water. Stir in the sugar, Sriracha, and salt. Place the chicken breasts in the pan, skin-side up, then pour enough water in to cover the chicken breasts by about 1 inch.
  3. Place the pan on the stove and bring the liquid to a gentle simmer. Lightly poach the chicken breasts for about 20 minutes, or until the liquid starts to shimmer with its fat. Once poached, turn off the heat, cover the pan, and let the breasts sit in the liquid until cool. Once cooled, use two forks or your clean hands to remove the breast meat from the bone and shred it. Set aside while you prepare the dressing and slaw.
  1. For the dressing and slaw:
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, Sriracha, lime juice, and oil. Set aside.
  3. Place the cabbage, carrot, sliced green onion, and mint leaves in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the shredded chicken to the bowl of cabbage.
  5. Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss everything together. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Chill before serving.

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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

7 Reviews

pimimond June 29, 2015
I also added a chopped jalapeño!
pimimond June 29, 2015
I felt like this was a good start but it tasted a bit pallid. I had to goose it up. I added cilantro, chopped peanuts, and sesame oil. Delicious, and even better the next day!
inpatskitchen June 29, 2015
Love your additions! Thanks so much for trying it!
pimimond June 29, 2015
thanks for posting it! I love how recipes are an ongoing conversation.
pimimond June 29, 2015
By the way, I took it out of the fridge at 11:15 this a.m. meaning just to take a bite and wound up finishing the whole thing. Too bad everybody else!
sigmini June 25, 2015
Reminds me of "Chinese" chicken salad, always a summer favorite!
inpatskitchen June 25, 2015
Yes! You're right! A summer favorite for sure!