Swahili Chicken and Papaya Salad

Swahili Chicken and Papaya Salad

An easy and very spicey dish that's great for dinner parties. The taste is not hot but very spicey and it's really easy to do.

Preparation time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Cooking time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Category:  Main Course  - 


For 4 people


  • 4 Chicken breasts, each cut into three long strips
  • the dry rub:
  • 1 tsp crushed black peppercorns
  • of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp chilli
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • the Swahili Sauce:
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon grass stalk
  • in fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 red chillies, chopped
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 400 ml/1.4fl oz coconut milk
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of coriander leaves
  • the papaya and red onion salad
  • 1 papaya peeled and sliced lengthways
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • oil
  • 1 dash of sweet chilli sauce
  • to serve

Swahili Chicken and Papaya Salad Directions

  3. Cut the chicken breasts into long strips, squeeze on some lime juice and leave to marinate for a few minutes.
    1. Then grind together the dry ingredients and rub into the chicken strips
    2. Griddle on both sides for five minutes until scorched and golden
    3. To make the Swahili sauce, place the lemon grass, ginger, garlic, shallots, chillies, garam masala and turmeric in a heavy based saucepan and fry until the shallots soften. Next, add the coconut milk and plum tomatoes, season and leave to simmer for five minutes.
    4. Next toss together the raw papaya and red onion slices and whisk together the lime juice, olive oil and sweet chilli sauce to make a dressing
    5. Serve the griddled chicken in a mound, with the Swahili sauce drizzled over the top and your papaya and red onion salad on the side

  4. Make the dry rub beforehand - this takes a bit of time but once done the remainder of the dish is so quick to cook. this recipe serves 4 people a healthy meal and I've never had any left overs!