Thai Basil and Lemongrass Salad with Sous Vide Chicken


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This dish is healthy but in no way boring (and that's music to our ears). It's easy to make and is packed full of authentic Thai flavors. 

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Ingredients for 2

  • 2 (8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 1 cup (59 mL) unsalted cashews

  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) palm sugar or packed dark brown sugar

  • 4 red Thai chiles, thinly sliced

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 3 tablespoons (44 mL) fish sauce

  • 2 teaspoons (9.8 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1 cup (59 mL) fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced

  • 1 stalk lemongrass, white part only, bruised and very thinly sliced

  • 1 (2-inch) piece ginger, julienned


  • Step 1

    Set the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to 140ºF (60ºC).

  • Step 2

    Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place in a large zipper lock or vacuum seal bag. Seal using the water immersion technique or a vacuum sealer on the dry setting. Place the bag in the water bath and set the timer for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  • Step 3

    About 15 minutes before the chicken is finished, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 350ºF in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the cashews and fry until golden, about 1 minute. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside.

  • Step 4

    Pound palm sugar, 2 chiles, and garlic in a mortar and pestle until finely ground. Stir in fish sauce and lime juice. Transfer to a medium bowl.

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 0

      When the timer goes off, remove the bag from the water bath. Remove the chicken from the bag and let cool for 5 minutes. Discard cooking liquid.

    • Step 1

      When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred into bite-sized pieces. Transfer to the bowl with the dressing and toss to combine. Add cilantro, scallion, lemongrass, ginger, and fried cashews. Mix well and transfer to a serving plate. Garnish with remaining chiles. Serve.

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