Recipe: Lime and Coconut Chicken

If you thought high-syn coconut milk was off the menu for recipes when you started doing Slimming World, you can think again! Yes, coconut milk can be a high-syn ingredient, but yuo can use Alpro Coconut at only 1 syn per 100mls and it’s just as good! It’s not quite as thick as canned coconut milk, but it still gives that deliciously creamy coconut flavour and aroma that is a firm favourite in Thai and Indian food. And this delicious low-syn recipe is bound to become a regular in our house!

Key:
F = Free food (eat as much as you like)
S = Speed food (these should make up at least a third of your meal)
P = Protein free food (eat as much of these as you like!)
HEa = Healthy Extra A (a daily allowance of dairy produce)
HEb = Healthy Extra B (a daily allowance of a product with fibre)
# = a number denotes roughly how many syns are in foods used

12039736_10155988558200386_5627502208746781036_nLIME AND COCONUT CHICKEN
Serves 2 people at 0.5 syns per portion
or syn-free if using your HEa

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, either butterflied or diced (P)
  • 100mls Alpro Coconut (1 syn / HEa*)
  • zest and juice of half a lime (S)
  • 1/2 fresh red chilli, finely chopped (S)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (S)
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander (F)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (F)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (F)
  • 1 tsp curry powder (F)
  • Coconut Fry Light (F)

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, mix together the coconut milk, lime zest and juice, chopped chilli, garlic, and spices, then add the chicken and stir to completely coat it with the marinade.
  • Cover the bowl with clingfilm and pop it in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight, to marinade (you can use it right away if you’re in a hurry, but it’s best to marinade it a while if you can!).
  • Spray a pan with some coconut Fry Light (you can use any kind you like, really, but the coconut one will add an extra coconut element, and pop the chicken, complete with marinade, in the pan to cook over a medium heat – the sauce will reduce and thicken.
  • Serve with stir fried vegetables and/or rice.

It’s a delicate and fragrant marinade that smells absolutely heavenly – even my hubby, who doesn’t like this kind of thing at all, said it smelled delicious, and that was before I’d even started cooking it!

If you do try my recipe, please do let me know what you thought of it by leaving a comment below!

* You can have 600mls of Alpro Coconut as your HEa choice – it’s great in coffee, hot chocolate, porridge, rice pudding, and on cereal, as well as just to drink.
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