Coconut-Lime Chicken & Snow Peas

Coconut-Lime Chicken & Snow Peas

11 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

Double the flavor, halve the work—simply by using the same tangy combination of coconut milk, lime juice and brown sugar for both poaching the chicken and dressing the salad. Crisp romaine lettuce, cabbage and snow peas add freshness and an irresistible crunch.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 1 cup “lite” coconut milk, (see Tips for Two)
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces chicken tenders
  • 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced snow peas
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion


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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Whisk coconut milk, lime juice, sugar and salt in an 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish. Transfer ¼ cup of the dressing to a large bowl; set aside. Place chicken in the baking dish; bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add lettuce, cabbage, snow peas, cilantro and onion to the large bowl with the dressing; toss to coat. Divide between 2 plates.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and thinly slice. Arrange the chicken slices on top of the salads. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the coconut cooking liquid over each of the salads.
  • Make Ahead Tip: The dressing (Step 2) will keep for up to 2 days.
  • Tips for Two: Refrigerate leftover coconut milk for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Use to make extra Coconut-Lime Dressing; drizzle on sliced fresh fruit; use as some of the liquid for cooking rice; make a Pineapple-Coconut Frappe.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 185 calories; 3 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 13 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 148 mcg folate; 56 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 8,724 IU vitamin A; 42 mg vitamin C; 64 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 208 mg sodium; 407 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (174% daily value), Vitamin C (70% dv), Folate (37% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 4 lean meat

Reviews 11

September 18, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Good, but too much work for the result If made differently, this could have been a really flavorful and quick meal. It's essentially poached chicken with a salad and vinaigrette-style dressing. It needs a LOT more salt than the recipe calls for, though to be fair I didn't officially measure the salt. Adding salt later was easy enough, so you don't lose anything by following the recipe amount. I will make it again, but I'm going to make the sauce a day ahead. I used full-on coconut milk which has a decent amount of coconut oil in it that doesn't mix well at room temperature. I will be heating it up, blending it, then chilling it. I'll buy a salad mix and grill the chicken. This could easily be done in half the time Pros: Tangy, limey and coconuty Cons: Long road to a small house
February 26, 2013
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By: Delanie
Seriously meh. I made this for my husband and I for dinner; we are always looking for quick, healthy meals with different flavors. When I mixed up the sauce it tasted very bland; deciding maybe I just hadn't given it a proper chance. So on a second attempt I reviewed other readers' suggestions and added ginger, hot sauce, and toasted sesame oil. These additions definitely improved the flavor, but then they masked the coconut and lime enough that it might as well not have been there. We ate the salad both times, but have agreed that while it was edible, it wasn't the taste explosion we were looking for. Pros: Easy Cons: Not exciting.
November 12, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
Quick and Easy - something different from the everyday I added 1 Tbsp of toasted sesame oil, 1/2 tsp Cayenne powder, 1/2 tsp of fish sauce, handful of bean spouts and about 2 tsp powered ginger to the sauce (no red onion on hand). I let the chicken marinade first for about 1 hour in the glass dish. Cooked about 40 min at 400. Slice thin - easy and different dish from the everyday. Pros: Easy - Cons: The recipe needs a few more spices listed below otherwise can be bland
July 14, 2011
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By: scallister
Good, but needs a little extra something I added 1 Tbsp of toasted sesame oil, 1/2 tsp chili sauce, and about 2 tsp grated fresh ginger to the sauce. I sliced the chicken first and let it marinade in the sauce in the glass pan (minus the reserve) for about 1 hour before cooking it. Other than that I followed the directions and it was delicious! Will definitely make this again. Pros: Great base recipe Cons: the sauce needs some help
August 30, 2010
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By: Mitchell Hellman
Good, but not great. The various flavors didn't seem to meld. One bite tasted of cilantro, another tasted of coconut, another of cabbage, etc. I normally avoid adding salt to my food, but this time I felt it was necessary to do so.
March 07, 2010
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By: tabednarski
Loved this sauce.
February 19, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
This is just okay - one of those recipes if you need something simple and quick. The chicken was very bland and all I really tasted was coconut. My husband wasn't impressed and I probably won't make this again.
January 07, 2010
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By: volnay
Loved it!!!
January 03, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Ok, but not great. Might be better with grilled chicken.
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