Lemon chicken salad with crunchy croutons

Lemon chicken salad with crunchy croutons

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
A versatile and substantial main-meal salad - serve it just warm. A lovely summer lunch, or take along to a picnic

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal695
  • fat39g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre6g
  • protein45g
  • salt2.99g
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  • 4 boneless chicken breast fillets
  • juice and grated zest of 1 lemon (keep separate)



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 1 small focaccia loaf
  • 2 tbsp grated pecorino or parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 Little Gem lettuce hearts, separated
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved, stoned and sliced



    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • 6 roasted peppers (from a jar), drained and roughly chopped



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • small bunch chives, snipped


  1. Heat oven to 200c/fan 180c/gas 6. Sit the chicken breasts snugly in a small roasting tin, then drizzle over half of the lemon juice. Sprinkle over the lemon zest, rosemary and some salt and pepper. Roast for 20 mins until golden brown and cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, cut the focaccia into bite-size cubes and spread out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle over the cheese and bake for 15 mins, turning occasionally until crunchy and golden.

  3. Lift out the chicken and thickly slice. Stir the remaining lemon juice and the olive oil into the tin, scraping up any nice brown bits from the bottom. Place the chicken in a very large serving bowl with the lettuce leaves, avocado, croûtons, peppers and chives. Add the lemony juices, toss well together, then serve just warm.

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6th Jun, 2009
yum yum! using the juices from the chicken is always a winner!
28th May, 2009
This is quite a lot of work for a salad, but is tasty. I served it as a main course to make it worth the effort.
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