Crispy Chicken Thai Salad

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Serves: 6

For the dressing:
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons Red Boat fish sauce
1 teaspoon avocado or olive oil
2 tablespoons minced shallot

For the crispy chicken:
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
6 skin-on chicken thighs, deboned*
Sea salt
1 teaspoon avocado oil

For the salad:
3 ounces mixed baby greens
⅓ cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, torn if large
⅓ cup lightly packed fresh cilantro sprigs, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons lightly packed mint leaves
2 medium carrots, peeled into strips using a vegetable peeler
3 red Bellafina peppers, stemmed, deseeded, and julienned
3 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
⅔ cup cashews, chopped and toasted**
8 ounces fresh pineapple, chopped into small chunks (about 1½ cups)
1 avocado, peeled, deseeded, and chopped into small chunks


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In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve the salad.

Season the chicken thighs with salt. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat, then add the ghee or avocado oil. Add the chicken thighs, skin side down. In a small bowl, mix the black pepper, ginger, coriander, and garlic powder. Sprinkle the spices on the meaty side of the chicken. Allow the thighs to cook for 8-10 minutes, until the skin is deep golden brown, rotating the pieces halfway through so they brown evenly. Turn the chicken over and cook for 5 minutes on the second side, or until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a cooling rack, rest for five minutes, then slice into strips.

Toss all the salad ingredients with dressing to taste, top with the sliced crispy chicken, and serve immediately.

*Use kitchen shears to cut the bone out yourself, or ask your butcher to do it. Make sure to leave the skin on!

**I toast cashews in a dry skillet over medium heat until they turn light golden brown. Transfer them to a plate and let them cool before adding them to the salad.