Chilli-lime chicken salad

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Preparation and cooking time

  • Prep:15 mins
  • Cook:30 mins – 40 mins
  • plus marinating
  • Easy
  • Serves 4 – 6

Thai-inspired chicken makes a perfect barbecue dish, serve with a feast of dressed green salad and herbs

Nutrient Unit
kcal 403
fat 28g
saturates 7g
carbs 13g
sugars 12g
fibre 3g
protein 26g
salt 2.6g


For the marinade and dressing

  • zest and juice 3 limes
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  • 2 hot red chillies , thinly sliced (see tip, below)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • handful coriander stems, finely chopped
  • 8 chicken leg or thigh pieces, skin on
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For the salad

  • bunch spring onion , shredded lengthways
  • ½ cucumber , halved, deseeded and cut into long strips
  • 200g baby tomato , halved
  • handful coriander
  • handful Thai basil leaves
  • 2 ripe avocados , sliced
  • handful toasted cashews or peanuts


  • STEP 1

Whisk together the lime zest and juice, fish sauce, sugar and chillies until the sugar dissolves. Pour 1/3 of this mix into a bowl, add the oil and set aside (this will be the dressing). Put the remainder into a large food bag with 1 tsp salt, the garlic, turmeric and coriander stems. Slash each piece of chicken down to the bone a few times, then add to the marinade and squish it around well in the bag. Chill for at least 2 hrs, or ideally up to 24 hrs.

  • STEP 2
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Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 (if barbecuing, get the coals ready). Lift the chicken from the marinade and into a roasting tin. Roast for 30 mins until cooked through but not yet completely tender.

  • STEP 3

If you’re barbecuing, transfer the chicken from its tin to a hot barbecue for 10 mins more, turning once crisp (otherwise continue roasting in the oven). Spread the spring onions, cucumber and tomatoes over a platter, add the chicken, then finish with the herbs, avocados, nuts and dressing.

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