Green Papaya Salad with Chicken Recipe

January 13, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Green Papaya Salad with Chicken Recipe

The Green Papaya Salad with Chicken Recipe is a delightful dish primarily composed of green papaya, chicken, and a handful of other flavorful ingredients, setting it apart from similar salads like Bok Lahong. Known as Yum Lahong in Khmer or Vietnamese Green Papaya salad, this recipe showcases a unique blend of textures and tastes.

To create the salad, shred 2 lbs of green papaya and mix it with 1 cup of shredded carrots, 2 cups of Thai basils, 1 cup each of mints and cilantro, and optionally, 1/4 cup of dried shrimp if using chicken. Roasted crushed peanuts and optional chili are added for garnish, providing a crunchy and spicy element to the salad.

The dressing for the Green Papaya Salad involves combining 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of fish sauce, 1 cup of water, minced garlic, and lime juice or vinegar. This mixture is heated on low until the sugar dissolves, and after cooling, the dressing is ready to enhance the salad’s flavors. The balance of sweet, salty, and tangy notes in the dressing can be adjusted according to taste preferences.

For the meat component, options include jumbo grilled shrimps or shredded cooked chicken. It is recommended to season the chicken and shrimp before grilling for added flavor. When ready to serve, mix the shredded green papaya, carrots, chicken, and grilled shrimp with the dressing gradually to avoid oversaturation. The herbs are then added, and the salad is topped with roasted crushed peanuts. Dried shrimp can be included if soaked and washed beforehand. This vibrant and flavorful salad is traditionally served with dried beef jerky.

In conclusion, the Green Papaya Salad with Chicken Recipe offers a refreshing and unique take on traditional salads, combining the crispness of green papaya with the savory elements of chicken and grilled shrimp. The dressing, herbs, and garnishes contribute to a well-rounded and delicious dish that reflects the culinary diversity of Southeast Asian cuisine.

For the salad

2 lbs of shredded green papaya
1 cup of shredded carrots
2 cup of Thai Basils
1 cup of mints
1 cup of cilantro
1/4 cup of dried shrimp if you use chicken (optional)
Crush roasted peanut for garnish
Chili for spicy salad (optional)

For the Dressing

1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of fish sauce
1 cup of water
4 tablespoon of minced garlic minced garlic lime juice or vinegar (about 1to 2 lime juice)
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
Mix all everything together on low heat until sugar is dissolved. Taste and adjust the dressing, let it cool down.

For the meat you can use

Jumbo grill shrimps
Shredded cooked chicken
Make sure you season the chicken and shrimp first if you prefer to grill it.

Directions to make Green Papaya Salad with Chicken Recipe

  1. When ready to serve mix shredded green papaya carrots chicken and grill shrimp with dressing (little by little incase it is salty)
  2. Then add herbs to it, top with roasted crush peanut to garnish your salad. (If you have dried shrimp soak wash then add to the salad)

This salad we serve with dried beef jerky.

Thank you and enjoy it.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Calories Per Serving: 548

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏21g 8%
Cholesterol ‏260mg 87%
Total Fat ‏10g 13%
Saturated Fat ‏3g 15%
Dietary Fiber ‏10g 36%
Protein ‏92g 184%
Sodium ‏341mg 15%
Sugars ‏6g 12%


30 min


30 min




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