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Low Carb Thai Basil Chicken Salad

Low Carb Thai Basil Chicken Salad Recipe

In this recipe, I use ready-to-eat shredded cabbage (such as coleslaw mix) as a short-cut. If you shred cabbage by yourself (with a cabbage peeler, mandolin or by knife), it will add another 10-15 minutes to the recipe time.

Check out the ingredients and step-by-step photos on the previous page.


  • 1 + 1 tsp cooking oil divided
  • 1/4 thinly sliced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 chilli padi sliced thinly; to taste
  • 2 french beans (or 1 long bean) cut to 2-cm length
  • 75g minced chicken (or pork/turkey)
  • cornstarch slurry 2 tsp cornstarch in 2 tbsp water
  • 5g Thai holy basil leaves
  • a generous serving shredded cabbage/coleslaw mix (or any salad mix; about 70-100g)

Sauce (A)

  • 50ml water
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp (brown) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 dashes white pepper powder


  1. Cook aromatics. Heat 1 tsp oil in a wokpan. Stir fry onions, garlic and chilli until aromatic. Push them to the side of the pan.
  2. Add minced chicken and the remaining oil. Stir fry chicken until half cooked on surface, while constantly breaking the meat to smaller bits with a spatula. Add French beans and stir fry until chicken is totally cooked on surface.
  3. Make sauce. Stir fry everything together and add sauce (A). Let the sauce bubble briefly, then thicken with cornstarch slurry.
  4. Add holy basil and turn off the stove. Stir through while the sauce is bubbly hot, until the basil is just withered.
  5. Assemble the salad. Place the shredded cabbage on one half of a large serving plate. Place the basil chicken on the other half of the plate. Garnish as desired (such as cucumber slices, tomato, chopped spring onions or a Thai-style crispy fried egg).

Cooking Note(s):

  1. For best results, I do not recommend putting the cooked basil chicken directly on the shredded cabbage as it will make the salad too soggy.
  2. You can replace the shredded cabbage with cauliflower rice as another faux carb choice.
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3 comments on “Low Carb Thai Basil Chicken Salad”

  1. I love Thai basil! This looks so fresh and packed with flavours.

  2. DDD near your workplace?! Am so envious.

    Rice or shredded cabbage – just give me any or both with this Thai Basil Chicken ;p

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