Coconut Lime Jalapeño Marinated Chicken Salad

I don’t really know what to say about The Bachelorette this week. Because it was yet another episode that needed more drama. WHEN IS KAITLYN GOING TO SLEEP WITH ONE OF THEM?!! You can’t put that in the preview starting at episode one and put that drama off until later. That is just unacceptable.

The guys did their normal routine of going on dates where they have to make up their own lyrics and sing to her. It was pretty much the exact date as their Aladdin on Broadway date, except that this time, Ian proved that his receding hairline truly is beating down his confidence. He choked. The self proclaimed model, singer and “perfect bachelor” proved that he will not make it far on American Idol. Or the Bachelorette…or the Bachelor. He also validated the fact of how miserable dating can be. You think a guy is a kind soul and BOOM, he feels unwanted and starts talking about all the women he has slept with or calls you ugly or talks about how he is a catch. Dafuq? If you’re such a great catch, why are you telling everyone that. If you have to say that over and over, you probably suck. It’s pure science.

I don’t know how much longer I can watch a show that only includes adult men singing poorly. We get it, Kaitlyn, you want a guy who will do whatever the hell you say, including being miserable in mariachi attire.

Can someone tell me why Ben H. from Denver looks familiar? Any of you creeps (it’s totally cool, i’m a creep too) know where he went to school? No joke, I’ve gone far enough to ask a friend if she had dated him because he looks so damn familiar. I’ve found nothing of the fact that we have ever met, but I will swear until the day I die that I’ve seen him from afar. Don’t you just hate me right now? But back to the point, he’s proving to be quite the cutie. He’s tall, which is cute, and he concentrates when he dances, which is cute. That’s pretty much all I got from that date.

Let’s talk about Shawn. Here’s my thoughts: before, I thought Shawn was the greatest thing since apple pie and I wanted him to win. I mean, he dresses better than most women I know and sports a haircut that 3 out of 5 men all tried out this year. He is Ryan Gosling’s body double when Ryan Gosling needs to be crazy jacked for a movie role. For real, if he needs a job, he should totally look into that. And then thank me for recommending it. But now, I’m wondering if his haircut has me like WHOA and I can’t see his true suckiness. I know he’s proud of his abs, which I get, he has many of them. But is he a nice guy? I just don’t know. I am blinded by his hair. I still kind of want him to win.

But before I leave you, let’s just remember that ABC made these men stand out in a baseball field in NYC in the middle of winter. I’m pretty sure they did this for dramatic effect since every single one of them were shaking while the rose ceremony went on. No no, they weren’t shaking with nerves debating if they would receive a rose or not, they were shaking with nerves because their balls had been swallowed up into the depths of their bodies. How pissed would you be if you were one of the guys who wasn’t picked and had to lose your balls to find that out. Shame.

Enough about balls, let’s get to marinating! You know what would be even better with this salad?? The tomatillo ranch recipe in my upcoming third cookbook! Yesssssss.



Coconut Lime Jalapeño Marinated Chicken Salad

  • Yield: 4 1x



For the marinade

  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of full fat coconut milk
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 jalapeños, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the salad

  • 68 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • dressing of choice – I used Tessemae’s Zesty Ranch


  1. Whisk all marinade ingredients together and place in ziploc bag and into the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  2. Heat up grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Pull chicken out of marinade, salt chicken on both sides with just a pinch of salt, and place onto pan to cook for 8-10 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts. Cook until no pink remains or the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  3. Halfway through the cooking process for the chicken, pull the diced jalapeños out of the marinade and place on grill to cook on both sides for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. While the chicken cooks, get the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  5. Once chicken is cooked through, let rest for a couple minutes then slice and serve with salad ingredients and top with grilled jalapeños.

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24 thoughts on “Coconut Lime Jalapeño Marinated Chicken Salad”

  1. Ben H went to Indiana! I have some friends that went there with him and used to go to parties at his apartment. Apparently all the girls had crushes on him (shocker).

  2. Recipe- can’t wait to try it!

    Bachelorette- If there is another physical feat, singing, or dancing date, I may loose my sh*t. Ian- thank god he’s gone/going. JJ- let’s get him gone ASAP. Shawn and Ben Z- my top two. Jared/Pointy Chin- is he attractive to anyone else? I find him absolutely not attractive, but he must have something going on in person that is not translating through tv. Is he the one she sleeps with? If it’s Nick, I may stop watching… also Denver Ben is my other guess for sexy times. Does it happen next week? The anticipating is killing me!

  3. Oh, girl that bachelorette episode had me fuming! When he kept on saying “…she’s not even half as hot as my last girlfriend!” What a complete DICK. BTW, I feel like Ben H. kinda looks like Jason, the Bachelor from like 4 seasons ago. I always look at him thinking he is familiar too. My mom spoiled the season for me and told me the ending and it’s good!

    Can’t wait to try this chicken, I have a tomatillo plant growing right now and it should be ready just in time for your book and that dressing, can’t wait!

    1. what?! no! i don’t want to know the ending at all, except i was reading about Ben H and found out part of his fate on the bachelorette and was real pissed about it. I seriously cannot wait to see what happens lol

    1. But don’t they do that EVERY season. I’m pretty sure its in Chris Harrison’s contract to say that this season will be the most dramatic yet!
      I mean, in Chris Soules’s season package I totally thought there was going to be more drama than there was.
      Granted….this season looks ACTUALLY drama-packed…but its typical bachelor fashion to dress up the drama a little and make us hang on for it.
      Also…I’m pissed that these new bachelorette episodes no longer end in a rose ceremony. Not a fan. I hope this does not become a regular thing.

  4. I have not had a chance to look at your blog all week and could not wait to see what you had to say about this weeks episode. Ian wow what happened? What a dick? He disgusted me when he was talking about how she was not as hot as his old girlfriend. Loser. Anyway, I can’t wait to see what happens. I like both of the Bens. Don’t like the new guy. Can’t wait to try the new recipe!

  5. Quick history, hubby and I have been married almost 12 years, about 3 years ago I “went paleo,” about 1 1/2 year ago hubby “went paleo.” I have probably 80% of all the top paleo blogger cookbooks released and cook from most of them regularly.

    The other night I made this recipe (Coconut Lime Jalapeño Marinated Chicken Salad). As hubby comes back to the table with his 2nd plate full, I say “pretty good?” He says “best recipe you’ve made.” Me…picking my jaw up off the floor “huh?” He says “probably the best in the last 50 new recipes you’ve tried!”
    Whoa! Juli!!! Girl, he is not easy to please when it comes to food, especially since we have “gone paleo.” Most the times when I ask how something is, he comes back with “its fine” or “eh, not my fav.” I was floored! And the boy swears he doesn’t like coconut!!! LMAO!!!! Thanks for knocking it out of the park on this recipe!! I’m easy to please, but hubby, he’s another story!!

    I’m debating on putting this all together and freezing, think it will work? I can’t think why not 😉

    1. say whaaaaa? that’s absolutely amazing!! so glad he liked it!! hopefully more of my recipes will be a hit with him! and i’m not sure about the freezing, but it’s worth trying!

  6. Love your recipes and I’m sure this one will be no exception. I don’t have a grill, so would it work to bake or pan fry the chicken? Any modifications to consider? Thanks!

  7. Oh my gosh—– this was SO yummy! I was a little hesitant because of the jalapenos, but the flavors work! Keeping this recipe in my arsenal.

  8. this was the best damn salad I’ve had. and my 2 year old crushed this [hers didn’t have the jalapeños obviously]. She kept saying “This de’icious”. Over and over. My friend introduced me to your Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars [my husbands favorite treat EVER] when i was pregnant back in ’14 and I have been addicted to your site ever since. Not one recipe has failed me. You’re the freaking bomb. And fyi I love your posts about the Bachelor. No-one that i know watches it and at least i can get a little giggle from your posts each week.

  9. I don’t have a grill so I threw the chicken and marinade into the oven and did a bake. Oh man, it was the! Made it a second time but just did the crockpot and then shredded the chicken to throw on salad or sweet potatoes and that was also awesome! One day I’ll have access to a grill (apartment life) and I am sure that will be game changing! Love your recipes and your style!!

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