Monday, March 21, 2011

Dinner with less than 350 calories? YES PLEASE

Mexican chicken salad (serves 4) approx. 342cals

2 single chicken breast fillets
2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 large oranges
1 tbs fresh lime juice
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 ripe avocados, halved, stone removed, peeled, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup fresh coriander leaves

Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with cumin. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. 
Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes each side or until cooked through. 
Thinly slice diagonally across the grain.

Meanwhile, remove the rind and white pith of the orange, cut along either side of the white membrane to remove the segments.

Mix the lime juice, garlic and remaining oil in a large bowl.

Add the chopped chicken, orange segments, lime juice mixture, onion, avocado and 1/2 cup of coriander. 
Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Divide among serving plates and top with the remaining coriander. 

Bon appetit! 
Can be served with tortillas or mountain bread (which add around 80-120 extra calories to this meal).


  1. So this was my dinner tonight.

    It's a very easy meal to prepare but THIS DISH LACKS PUNCH!

    I would recommend adding fresh birds eye chilli and definitely more lime juice. I found that the tumeric wasn't overly strong - perhaps if you use tenderloins instead of breast you'd get more of the tumeric flavour?

    I'd probably add some red capsicum as well. But that's just me.

    However! The fresh orange and chicken combination was absolutely wonderful!

    All in all I give this recipe a 10/10 for ease but only 5/10 for overall flavour.

    Would I recommend this to my friends... probably not.

    Would I make it again - only WITH a few tweaks :)

  2. haha love the post title..... I base my main meals on 350 calories or less

    I like the sounds of the birds eye chilli too mmmmmmm.

    I am definitely going to give this recipe a try but because I don't like oranges that much I think I might swap them for say a nice juicy mango mmmmmmmmm yum!!