Recipe courtesy of Bill Wavrin

Thai Chicken and Pineapple Salad with Thai Citrus Dressing

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 52 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 17 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2 skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon Bill's Chile and Herbs Mix, recipe follows

1 onion, julienned

1 clove garlic, minced

1 cup stemmed and julienned shiitake mushrooms

1 teaspoon olive oil

6 leaves butter lettuce, washed

1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and julienned

2 scallions, cut on bias

1 zucchini, julienned

1 cup shredded red cabbage

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 cup pineapple chunks in juice, drained

1 cup Thai Citrus Dressing, recipe follows

Thai Citrus Dressing:

1 cup fresh squeezed tangerine juice, or orange juice

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice

 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root 

2 cloves garlic, minced 

1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil

 1 pinch fresh ground pepper 

1 teaspoon chile sauce (recommended: Sriracha Thai)

 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil leaves

 1 pinch Chinese five-spice powder

Bill's Chile and Herbs Mix:

4 tablespoons chile powder

4 tablespoons dried basil 

2 tablespoons dried oregano

 1 tablespoon chipotle powder

 1 tablespoon dried thyme

 1 tablespoon dried tarragon

 1 teaspoon dried dill weed 

1/2 teaspoon dried sage

 2 tablespoons Szechuan peppercorns, crushed

 1 teaspoon cumin seed, crushed

 1 tablespoon coriander seed, crushed


  1. Season chicken breasts and grill or bake. Cut chicken into thin julienne strips and set aside. In a hot saute pan over medium high heat saute the onion, garlic, and mushrooms with the oil, tossing, 2 minutes. Set aside. Wash the lettuce leaves, pat dry and place in the center of 6 salad plates. Toss the remaining ingredients with the dressing in a bowl. Add the chicken and sauteed veggies and mix well. Evenly divide the salad and center on the lettuce leaf. Garnish with a cilantro leaf. Serve chilled.

Thai Citrus Dressing:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together and pour over desired salad, pasta or fruit. It's also great over freshly sliced cucumbers, zucchini, peaches, pears, or apples. Toss and chew!

Bill's Chile and Herbs Mix:

  1. Place everything in a mill or coffee grinder and blend 15 to 20 seconds. Remove to a sealable container.