Soy-Lime Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Dressing

August 7, 2015

Soy-Lime Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Dressing
I’m typing this post while sitting in a café in Berlin.
It’s sunny outside and there’s even a light breeze. Though it's supposed to get very warm today (temperatures will rise to near 100 degrees), I'm enjoying the cool morning.
There are so many things I want to tell you about this wonderful city but I feel like it’s too early.
I’ll have a post dedicated to this vibrant city next week. Be patient.

Cilantro
Today let’s talk about this instead: Soy-Lime Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Dressing.
Growing up, I couldn’t stand cilantro. I thought it tasted like soap. A little bitter and a bit burny on the tongue. You know, just like soap.
Even a smidgen in a soup, salad or sandwich was enough to make me reject the whole meal.
But eventually it grew on me. I first discovered that cooking makes it far less objectionable. Then I started enjoying it raw.
Cilantro and I have struck a perfect harmony in the last couple years. I enjoy the crispiness, mintiness, and that grassy green component it has - it adds something delectable and incredibly nibbly good.
Now a burrito or a Thai chicken soup without cilantro is like a day without sunshine.

Cilantro
Food-in-bowls is another thing that grew on me recently.
I used to despise them but lately I've been really digging the concept of food served in a bowl. Er...you might have guessed I didn’t learn to be difficult yesterday.
I guess you can call me a cilantro fan and a food-in-bowls fan (and a dork too for that matter!)

Cilantro Lime Dressing
Anyhow, I had some leftover Grilled Soy-Lime Chicken and just chopped it up.
Piled it up in a bowl with green stuff, orange stuff, red stuff. A lot of good stuff.
I also made a creamy cilantro lime dressing that I whipped up on the spot and douse it in the stuff.
It was so good.
A fantastic salad if you ask me. Light, refreshing, super filling and packed with cilantro goodness. Total winner.

Soy-Lime Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime Dressing
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Note. If you don't like cilantro, simply replace it with the same amount of chopped flat leaf parsley.

Ingredients
Serves 4

Salad

2 Grilled Soy-Lime Chicken Breasts, cut into 3-inch strips
6 cups / 3.5 oz / 100 gr spring greens
1 cup / 5.3 oz / 150 gr cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup grated carrots
2 handfuls torn fresh cilantro
1 avocado, sliced

Cilantro Lime Dressing

½ cup loosely packed cilantro, stems removed
1 clove garlic
Juice of 1 lime
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Directions

To make the dressing, combine cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
With the motor running, add olive oil in and vinegar, until emulsified; set aside.
To make the salads, add the greens in a large bowl and toss them with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add the chicken on top along with the tomatoes, basil, grated carrots, and cilantro.
Drizzle the bowl with cilantro lime dressing.
Serve!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 262 calories, 21 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbs, and 15 grams of protein.

44 comments:

  1. Seriously? I need to make this right now! Right up my alley! :)

    x Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

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  2. Duuuude - I love your simile "...a burrito or a Thai chicken soup without cilantro is like a day without sunshine"! I couldn't agree more! And I feel like such a slacker - when I was on vacay, I didn't post or comment at all - look at you though! Totally Inspiring! And speaking of inspiring - that cilantro lime dressing is pretty awesmazing!

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    1. Hail to all things cilantro!!!! Am I right?

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  3. This looks incredible. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Such vibrant colors! I love flavoring with lime- this looks great :)

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  5. This looks like it exactly what I want for lunch! yum!

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

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  6. I'm a giant sucker for any type of "bowl" and this one really knocks it out of the park! Looking forward to your Berlin adventure summary!

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    1. Bowl of this, bowl of that, as long as it's a bowl...right?

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  7. Can't wait to read about Berlin! I don't make many bowl recipes, but I'd make this one for sure.

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    1. You should make this one J, it's that good!

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  8. Seriously, Mike? That's cruel to start your post with something like that:" I’m typing this post while sitting in a café in Berlin"! I hope you won't be doing that during the whole vacation! But I've got a nice frame of mind to forgive you today:) Plus you've shared this awesome salad. Chicken and cilantro...I mean I'm sold!

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    1. Man, every morning I got coffee in this awesome bar in Berlin just around the corner from where I stayed. Such an awesome spot...

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  9. The top photo alone is amazing... and I love cilantro so this dressing is perfecto friend. Enjoy Berlin!

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  10. Yum! I love bowls and chicken and cilantro, so of course, this is going to be made soon! Hope you're enjoying your trip my friend!! :-)

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  11. This looks like the perfect fast and healthy meal - love the soy-lime chicken!! I have always been a fan of cilantro (we call it coriander here in NZ!) but can see where you are coming from - glad it has grown on you! Enjoy Berlin :)

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    1. In the US, the leaves and stalks of the plant are referred to as "cilantro," while the seeds are referred to as "coriander."
      It is quite amazing that although people in the UK/NZ/AUS/SA and the USA allegedly speak the same language, there are a great many discrepancies to be found.

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  12. Enjoy each minute! We are in Colorado right now, just arrived today, had a nice sushi dinner, feeling pretty exhausted from a 9.5 hour trip, but.... would love a bowl of your soy lime chicken.... gotta make it once we get back home!

    looking forward to your report on Berlin!

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    1. Colorado in the summer is the best. Have a great time there my friend!

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    2. Just about done having fun... including zip lining through a mountain in Vail... what a blast! Going back home tomorrow.. I bet you still have a lot of Germany left! ENJOY!!!!!

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  13. Mike - "Koriander" and chicken breast were already waiting in my kitchen to be prepared for Lunch - thanks to you I am going away from my German dish to yours today. Love nearly all your recipe and especially your photographs. Can not wait for your write-up on "my Berlin!" - enjoy your time there - wish I could be there, too.

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    1. I loved "your Berlin", it's such an amazing city...

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  14. How much protein was it again? :)))))

    Thanks for the recipe. I'll try it! x

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  15. How much protein was it again? :)))))

    Thanks for the recipe. I'll try it! x

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  16. This Looks so Delicious!

    Excited to try it out, all of my favourite things.

    Thanks!

    www.lipsticksandlunges.com

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  17. I'm more than a little annoyed that you are sitting in Berlin writing this post. Ok, maybe not annoyed as much as jealous. The only thing that would have made it worse is if you had been sitting at a football game while writing this post. But I digress. This bowl looks delicious...and I've also got a mental image of you chowing down in a bunch of fresh cilantro. I love cilantro...bring it on! #WolfpackCilantroFans

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    1. I propose to make cilantro the official herb of the wolfpack. OK?

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  18. Well we must be two peas in a pod.. or two cilantro leaves of the same stem.. because I love cilantro, food-in-bowl-yummies, AND I am a huge dork (and proud)! Your cilantro, lime, chicken salad bowl looks terrific! Vibrant, fresh and seriously nom-tastic! That dressing sounds like it is a stellar way to finish this off! Yum!! Can't wait to hear all about Berlin! Cheers!

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    1. We are definitely two cilantro leaves of the same stem :D

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  19. I love Berlin. I should be there in a couple of weeks. If you happen to fly into Amsterdam let me know :)

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    1. And I love Amsterdam. I was there last year, and I can't wait to come back!

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  20. Hi Mike, what a fabulous chicken bowl, love all the components. Berlin sounds wonderful can't wait to here all about it.

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  21. Yogis are supposed to be vegetarian

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    1. So basically you're telling me that I'm a bad yogi?
      Bummer...

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  22. Look at you, posting on your vacations, High five for that. I completely agree a sauce without cilantro is just blah. This sounds and looks delish. Inspired.

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    1. Anything without cilantro is just blah, right?

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  23. Looks and sounds fantastic and makes me hungry just by looking at the gorgeous pics.
    Enjoy Berlin!

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  24. I can't wait to hear all about Berlin, 1 post might not be enough unless you're posting a gazillion photos! I'm a huge cilantro fan, so this dressing is going on everything in the near future!

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    1. I took more than a gazillion pictures in Berlin, it's going to be so hard choosing which ones to post...

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