Coconut & lemongrass poached chicken salad

Styling: Carlie Monasso . Photography: Samara Clifford

By Zara D’Cotta

I threw this salad together for a Melbourne Cup BBQ at a friend’s place and it was a hit.  It’s full of light, fresh flavours and crunchy texture, making it a guaranteed crowd pleaser during the warmer weather.  It’s super easy and quick to prepare, so don’t be put off by the size of the ingredients list.

You will need:

For the chicken
2 chicken breast fillets
400mL can coconut milk
1 stalk lemongrass, bruised
1 tbs fish sauce
Squeeze lime juice or 1 kaffir lime leaf

For the salad:
1/4 purple cabbage
2 carrots, grated/julienned
2 celery stalks, finely sliced
Red or yellow capsicum, chopped
Handful of bean sprouts
Handful of mint, chopped
Handful of coriander, chopped

For the dressing:
3 tbs sesame oil
2 tbs apple cider vinegar/rice wine vinegar
1 tbs fish sauce
1 chilli, chopped
2 limes, juiced
1 tbs rice malt syrup
2cm ginger, grated

Fried shallots – deep fry in coconut oil
2 tbs cashew nuts (or peanuts), crushed

What to do
1. Place coconut milk, lemongrass, lime and fish sauce in a saucepan and bring to boil, then reduce heat, add chicken breast and simmer until cooked  (approx. 10 mins). Set aside, shred chicken meat once cool

2. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken and mix through.

3. Put all dressing ingredients in a jar, shake well. Pour over salad

4. Garnish with fried shallots and cashew nuts

Serves 4.


Zara is founder and editor of Oh My Goodness. A certified holistic health coach, National Breast Cancer Foundation speaker and Bupa health influencer award finalist, Zara is passionate about making it as easy and fun for people to lead a healthy lifestyle. She's appeared on The Project and Today Show; her recipes have been featured on I Quit Sugar, Sport Luxe, and Show and Tell Online; and she's a regular contributor to Medibank's Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online.

1 Comment

  • Reply November 11, 2014


    Ohhh I am putting this coconut chicken in the weekly mix ! Summer delight in a bowl. More recipe please

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