2 boneless skinless chicken breasts ( I often don’t put the chicken in)
1 small head green or white cabbage (2 cups shredded)
1 large carrot (1 1/2 cups shredded)
1 green papaya (1 1/2 cups shredded)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup green onions
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
2 cloves garlic
3 bird's eye chili peppers (sub 1/2 teaspoon minced hot pepper)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar ( I use rice vinegar )
2 tablespoons sugar ( I use honey )
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce ( I omit this)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup water
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the chicken breasts, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes. When the chicken is done, remove from heat, drain water, let cool, and shred with two forks.
Chop the cabbage into very thin pieces, like it would be for coleslaw. I did this by rolling up several leaves together and making thin vertical slices across the roll and then chopping them once horizontally. Peel and grate the carrots. Cut off the skin, remove the seeds, and grate the papaya. Roughly chop the cilantro and green onions. Toss the chicken and vegetables in a large bowl and keep chilled.
Mince the garlic and chili peppers. Place garlic and peppers in a small mixing bowl with the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, lime juice, oil, and fish sauce. Whisk until smooth. Add the peanut butter and water and whisk again until smooth and creamy.
Toss the salad with the dressing. Add the crushed peanuts. Serve chilled. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to one day. For best results, keep the leftover salad and dressing separate until ready to serve.
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