Chicken & Green Papaya Salad

Lean boneless, skinless chicken breasts take a trip to Asia when tossed with unripe papaya, grated carrots, garlic, chile paste and cilantro. Wrap the salad in rice paper wrappers to make fresh spring rolls. Make it a meal: Iced Lychees are a cool finish to this Asian supper.

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Chicken & Green Papaya Salad

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    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and poached (see Tip) 1 green papaya, peeled, seeded and finely grated (see Note)
    1/4 cup distilled white vinegar 2 carrots, finely grated
    1 tablespoon Chinese red chili paste 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
    2 teaspoons sugar 1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated


    Prep: 30 min Total: 30 min (Quick)
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    • 1

      Shred chicken and set aside.

    • 2

      Stir together vinegar, chili paste, garlic and sugar in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves.

    • 3

      Combine papaya, carrots, cilantro and the chicken in a medium bowl. Pour on dressing and toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Mound on a bed of lettuce leaves and serve.


    Tip: To poach chicken breasts: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan and add lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.


    Note: An unripe green papaya is used as a vegetable in Asian soups or salads.

    nutritional information

    3 g
    4 g
    Saturated Fat:
    1 g
    14 g
    37 g
    342 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    1 g
    1/2 fruit, 1/2 vegetable, 5 1/2 very lean meat
    96 g
    Carbohydrate Servings:
    697 mg
    Nutrition Bonus:
    Vitamin A (152% daily value), Vitamin C (86% dv), Folate (18% dv), Potassium (20% dv), Selenium (46% dv).
    Added Sugars:
    2 g
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