Spicy Chicken and Cabbage Salad

Lime and Chili Chicken Salad
Lime and Chili Chicken Salad
Share it on your social network:
Or you can just copy and share this url


1 Red onion coarsely chopped ½, thinly slice ½
2 Chicken Breast skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 pound, 5 ounces)
3 cloves Garlic smashed
1 Red chili halved, thinly sliced, divided
2 cups Cilantro leaves with tender stems, divided
1 tbsp Kosher Salt divided, plus more
3 tbsp Vegetable oil
⅓ cup Peanuts preferably skin-on
2 tbsp Lime juice Juice from 1 lime
½ medium head Green cabbage very thinly sliced
2 Cucumbers thinly sliced

Nutritional information


Spicy Chicken and Cabbage Salad


This Spicy Chicken and Cabbage Salad is a real wow factor. Fresh and full of the best colors and flavors with a toss up of juicy chicken, distinct red onions, garlic, red chili, cilantro leaves, peanuts, crunchy green cabbage and Persian cucumbers and simply seasoned with oil, kosher salt crystals and some lime juice.

Is your mouth already watering?

To make Spicy Chicken and Cabbage Salad, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Spicy Chicken and Cabbage Salad

Steps to make Spicy Chicken and Cabbage Salad


Combine chicken and onion mix


In a medium pot over medium heat, add ½ chopped onion, 2 chicken breasts, 3 cloves of minced garlic, ½ a thinly sliced chili, 1 cup cilantro leaves, 2½ teaspoons of salt and 4 cups water and bring to a slow simmer.


Poach chicken


Once simmering, reduce heat to low and cook for about 10-12 minutes until chicken is cooked and juices run clear. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking liquid.


Shred chicken


Place cooked chicken on a slicing board and allow to cool before roughly shredding.


Cook peanuts


Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, heat oil and and ⅓ cup of peanuts with skin still on. Cooking, tossing frequently, for about 3-5 minutes until golden. Reserving cooking oil.


Chop peanuts


Roughly chop golden peanuts.


Prepare dressing


In a large bowl, whisk reserved, chilled cooking liquid from the poached chicken, reserved peanut cooking oil and 2 tablespoons of lime juice until combined.


Season cabbage


Add ½ head of thinly sliced cabbage and season with salt. Use your hands to toss and massage the cabbage until generously coated and softened.


Add salad ingredients


Add 2 thinly sliced cucumbers, poached chicken, remaining slices form ½ chili, 1 cup cilantro, slices from the remaining ½ onion, half of the cooked peanuts and a pinch of salt. Toss to combine and coat evenly.




Garnish with sprinkles from the remaining peanuts on top, to serve!

This Spicy Chicken and Cabbage Salad is keto friendly and perfectly nutritionally balanced. High source of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Do you have other great healthy salad ideas? Share them with us online when you tag #cookmerecipes in your own blog posts and pictures!

Ruth is an experienced businesswoman and happy mom who just hit 40. She’s a huge gym fan and has a PhD in Keto. Just kidding! But really, Ruth knows how to do Keto the healthy way and has a lot of experience in dealing with all the issues that newbies to this trendy new diet face during the adjustment period, like overcoming Keto flu. Ruth loves life and takes her health and food seriously, so she’s your go-to person if you decided to follow the Keto diet.

Hot Sausage and Cabbage Stir-Fry Recipes-Homemade Hot Sausage and Cabbage Stir-Fry-Delicious Hot Sausage and Cabbage Stir-Fry
One Skillet Hot Sausage and Cabbage Stir-Fry
Vegan Cabbage Steaks with Tahini Sauce Recipe-Roasted Cabbage Wedges-How to Make Cabbage Steaks
Vegan Cabbage Steaks with Tahini Sauce
Add Review
Add Comment

Recipe Reviews

Average Rating:
Total Reviews: 18
Clover Housley

Swapped out the lime juice for lemon and went with himalayan salt too to switch things up.

Audra Messier

Didn't bother with the cucumbers but everything was already crunchy and perfect anyway.

Maryjane Jedziniak

Instead of cabbage I used iceberg lettuce to make this amazingly tasty salad.

Maren Lepre

Made this before heading out to the gym it's as refreshing as it looks

Elianna Gehlen

It's alright but I much prefer the cabbage and steak with tahini sauce, it has much more flavor.


Delicious this is absolute perfection when it comes to salad, my new personal favorite.

Audree Savich

Hubby and I had this before our sirloin dinner with potatos, just the right amount of food for a starter dish.

Mariella Eckrote

Amazing though I dodged the peanuts because I'm allergic to them.

Arely Baab

Salad was really juice with a good amount of spicyness.

Raylynn Hoffstadt

FANTASTIC! Brilliant spicy chicken salad and now you've earned yourself a place in my bookmarks cookme!

Emilee Didio

Not too filling but it's pretty good for a light lunch or when you don't feel to hungry then I'd recommend this spicy chicken and cabbage.

Natasha Radano

Added some sundried tomatos to this and tofu, it's soooo yummy.

Christiana Beights

Wonderful recipe really liked the spicy chiken with the cabbage it blended well together.

Jazlynn Mhoon

Obsessing over this spicy salad with each bite so I just had to leave a 5 star review.

Noa Einerson

Thanks for sharing this perfect chicken and cabbage recipe with us it's so yummy!

Clementine Haduck

Didn't expect to enjoy this salad as much as I did, the spicy chicken was a really nice touch too.

Farah Fryc

Sadly I skipped the chicken and went for pork instead but everything was still delightful.


I love it! So delicious!

Write your own review

You can optionally upload your own image along with a review

Add Your Comment