Cornish Hen with Green Papaya Salad

November 11, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Cornish Hen with Green Papaya Salad

The Cornish Hen with Green Papaya Salad is a delectable Khmer dish that combines shredded green papaya, steamed Cornish hen, a medley of herbs, and a sweet and spicy vinaigrette sauce. In Cambodia, this salad is traditionally made with chicken or duck and is reserved for special occasions. The dish showcases a fusion of flavors, blending the unique taste of green papaya with the savory goodness of the Cornish hen and the aromatic herbs.

To prepare this flavorful dish, start by steaming a 2-pound Cornish hen for 45 minutes. Once cooked, let it cool down, then cut the wings and legs off, and shred the meat. Additionally, peel, seed, and shred a pound of green papaya (or use pre-shredded papaya), peel and shred two carrots, and gather a handful of chopped mint leaves and Asian coriander. A vinaigrette sauce is created by mixing white vinegar, water, sugar, salt, Sambal Olekek chili paste (optional), fish sauce, minced garlic, and sliced sweet onion.

In the final steps, the shredded chicken, papaya, carrots, and herbs are combined in a large bowl. The prepared vinaigrette sauce is poured over the mixture, creating a harmonious blend of textures and flavors. The dish is completed with a sprinkle of crushed unsalted roasted peanuts, adding a delightful crunch to the ensemble. This Cornish Hen with Green Papaya Salad is a culinary delight, marrying Cambodian traditions with a burst of enticing tastes and textures.


1 cornish hen (2 lbs or 900 gram)
2 tablespoons of white vinegar
1/4 cup of water
1 tablespoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of Sambal Olekek chili paste (option)
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
1 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
1 lbs (450 gram) of green papaya , peeled,seeded and shredded or 450 gram of already shredded fresh green papaya
2 carrot, peeled and shredded
A handful of chopped mint leaves, and Asian coriander
1/4 cup of unsalted roasted peanut, crushed

Directions to make Cornish Hen with Green Papaya Salad

  1. Steamed chicken for 45 minutes, removed from heat and set it a side to let it cool down, then cut chicken wings and legs off, cut it thighs to bite sizes and set a side. Removed bone from chicken breast, shredded meat and set it a side.
  2. In a small bowl, mix vinegar with water, sugar, salt, chili paste, fish sauce, garlic and sliced onion together, mix well and set a side.
  3. In a large bowl, mix papaya with carrot, shredded chicken breast meat and herbs together. Pour prepared vinaigrette sauce over and mix well.

Related Recipe: Green Papaya Salad with Pork and Shrimp

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4

Calories Per Serving: 470

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏28g 10%
Cholesterol ‏239mg 80%
Total Fat ‏15g 19%
Saturated Fat ‏7g 35%
Dietary Fiber ‏4g 14%
Protein ‏56g 112%
Sodium ‏825mg 36%
Sugars ‏17g 34%


15 min


15 min




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