Vietnamese chicken coleslaw

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon rice-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped
Vietnamese chicken coleslaw
  • 250 gram chicken breast fillets
  • 3 cup finely shredded chinese cabbage
  • 2 carrots, peeled, julienned
  • 2 cup snow-pea sprouts, trimmed
  • 4 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves


  • 1
    Place chicken in a deep frying pan. Cover with water (see note) and bring to a gentle simmer on medium. Reduce heat to low and poach chicken for 5-8 minutes. Cool in liquid. Thinly slice or shred chicken and place in a large bowl.
  • 2
    DRESSING: In a small jug, whisk all ingredients together until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  • 3
    Add cabbage, carrot, sprouts, onion and mint to chicken with half the dressing. Toss to combine. Drizzle with remaining dressing to serve.


You can add herbs, lemon slices or peppercorns to the poaching liquid. For a lunchbox version, add cooked rice vermicelli to the salad and use as a filling for rice-paper rolls.

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