Tandoori Chicken & Lentil Salad with Coconut Ginger Dressing

Tandoori Chicken and Lentil Salad



  1. Combine all of the spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Coat the chicken breasts in a glug of olive oil and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon spice rub. Alllow to marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
  3. Rinse the lentils well in a colander. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and add the lentils. You may need to skim the scum off the surface of the water as they cook (depending on how well you rinsed them.) Cook the lentils until tender but still firm and holding their shape. This takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on size and brand so check regularly. Drain the lentils and set aside to cool.
  4. Toss the lentils with the cucumber, carrot, radish, cilantro, mint and scallions.
  5. Place 1 tablespoon spice rub in a small frying pan and toast over medium heat, until fragrant. Remove from the heat and pour in the lime juice and then pour juice and spices over the lentils and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. For the dressing: Combine the yogurt, cilantro (coriander), soy sauce, lime juice, garlic and ginger in a blender and purée. (If doing by hand chop the cilantro (coriander), garlic and ginger as finely as you can and then add to the other ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Stir in the dried coconut.
  7. For the chicken: Preheat a grill, bbq or broiler. If broiling (grilling in the UK) line a baking sheet with foil, place the chicken breasts on the baking sheet and place the baking sheet on the top oven rack, as close as possible to the grill/broiler. If using a bbq place the chicken breasts on the bbq over medium-high flames. Cook the chicken on both sides until done, about 6 minutes per side. Remove and allow to sit for a few minutes before slicing.
  8. Line 4 plates or a platter with some mixed greens. Top with lentil salad and chicken breasts. Drizzle some coconut dressing over the top and serve the rest on the side.

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