Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

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Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo
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I grew up in a city that has a significant Vietnamese population. Therefore, long before I had an appreciation for more popular international cuisines, I loved Vietnamese food.

From noodle soups, to the noodle salad bowls, and banh mi sandwiches, I haven’t met a Vietnamese dish I haven’t liked… And I crave it above all other national cuisines.

Making Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo

In college, I made a habit of visiting a particular Vietnamese restaurant once a week with a friend. On my limited student budget, their lunch specials were a bargain!

Each meal came with an appetizer portion of Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga), a crunchy chilled salad with a bold zesty flavor, and shredded chicken speckled throughout.

Simple Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo

Now that we live hundreds of miles away from my favorite Vietnamese lunch spot, I have to make these dishes at home.

Easy Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo

Although some Vietnamese recipes are complicated, Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) is extremely quick and simple.

It’s crisp, fragrant, and loaded with veggies, with a tangy-sweet punch from the nuoc cham dressing. Plus, it easily fits into most diet plans!

Best Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo

Make a big bowl of Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) on Monday and take it for lunch throughout the week. Or serve it as a light dinner any night of the week.

You are going to love it!!

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Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) #healthy #lowcarb #paleo
5 from 6 votes

Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Crunchy Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga) Recipe - A light and healthy chicken and cabbage salad that is gluten free and paleo-friendly!
Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 202mg 8%
Potassium 348mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 46.3%
Vitamin C 30.6%
Calcium 5.1%
Iron 5.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad:
  • 6 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken, cold (use leftovers or a rotisserie chicken)
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts (cashews for paleo-friendly)
For the Nuoc Cham Dressing:


  1. Place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, water, honey, fish sauce, and chili garlic sauce.
  3. When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.

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19 comments on “Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

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  2. Kimposted August 28, 2018 at 2:38 pm Reply

    Made this Saturday night and we loved it! So much flavor, crunch and yumminess all wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla that I’ll definitely be making this again! Love that the dressing has no fat in it, too. Very healthy!

  3. Dustyposted August 2, 2018 at 12:16 am Reply

    I made this with a package of tuna instead of chicken for lunch and dinner for 2 days. Was still incredible. Great meal for hot summer lunches.

  4. Cindyposted June 10, 2018 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Yum! My husband and I made this today. We used the crockpot to make the shredded chicken, and added some shrimp. (And accidentally added a whole red onion instead of half. :p) This was delicious, and it came out so pretty and colorful that I sent a picture to my Vietnamese mom! Thank you for the recipe!

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  6. coloradocookposted January 17, 2018 at 11:56 am Reply

    My husband and I thought this was absolutely delicious.  We put leftover grilled chicken thighs on it which had been done in a teriyaki marinade.  I cut back a tiny bit on the honey and fish sauce, but otherwise followed it exactly.  Can’t wait for the leftovers today for lunch.  Thanks for sharing this!

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  13. 108 Mantrasposted February 8, 2017 at 12:47 am Reply

    This is an amazing recipe! Made it tonight and it’s absolutely delicious. ?

  14. Erin Berdanposted January 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reply

    YUM! this looks fabulous and I’m going to give Paleo a shot for February so this will be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Maria Lichtyposted January 13, 2017 at 7:03 pm Reply

    Loving all the textures!

  16. Heather Christoposted January 13, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply

    I always order this at Vietnamese food! SO awesome Sommer!

  17. Naomiposted January 13, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply

    Love full flavored chicken salad like this! 

  18. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 13, 2017 at 10:17 am Reply

    Love all of the flavours and textures in this chicken salad!

  19. Nielsposted January 13, 2017 at 5:09 am Reply

    This looks absolutely amazing! I will definitely give your recipe a try next time I’m having friends over for dinner :-).