Warm Asian-inspired chicken and butternut squash salad

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
20 min
10 min
10 min
We love this warm, delicious chicken and butternut squash salad that takes only 20 minutes to put together. It features celery, red onions, and roasted peanuts, as well as traditional Asian condiments like soy sauce, unseasoned rice vinegar, sesame oil, and a touch of Sriracha for a bit of heat. Since the squash and chicken are simmered in water, be sure that they are cut into small similar-sized cubes, about 1/2 inch each, for quick, even cooking. The only thing left to do is combine the cooked chicken and squash with the other ingredients, and your hearty, super-satisfying salad is ready to go.


Uncooked butternut squash

12 oz, peeled and seeded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

12 oz, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Uncooked celery

1½ cup(s), thinly sliced

Uncooked red onion(s)

¼ cup(s), chopped

Unsalted dry roasted peanuts

3 Tbsp, chopped

Low sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp

Rice vinegar

1½ Tbsp, unseasoned

Toasted sesame oil

2 tsp

Sriracha chili sauce

1 tsp


  1. Place squash cubes in a large saucepan, cover with water to a depth of 2 inches over the vegetables, and bring to a simmer over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add chicken; bring back to a simmer. Simmer for 3 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and squash is tender. Drain in a colander.
  3. In a large serving bowl combine celery, onion, peanuts, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and chile paste. Stir well. Add warm squash and chicken; toss gently until well coated.
  4. Serving size: 1 1/4 cups.