Big chicken & crouton salad

Big chicken & crouton salad

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(4 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins


Serves 4
When it's too hot to cook, a shop-bought ready-roasted chicken is a great summer cheat

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal726
  • fat46g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein61g
  • salt4.1g
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  • 1 ready-roasted chicken



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  • 2 thick slices ciabatta, sourdough or crusty white bread
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 large Cos lettuce, shredded
  • 1 celery stick, finely sliced



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  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
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  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • 90ml mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tbsp white wine or tarragon vinegar
  • small bunch tarragon, chopped



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  1. Remove the skin from the chicken and pull the meat off the bones in chunks. Tear the meat into smaller pieces. Toast the bread, then brush with olive oil. Roughly chop into chunky croutons.

  2. Put the lettuce into a large bowl and scatter over the chicken, celery, onions and cucumber in layers. The salad will hold like this for up to 2 hrs in the fridge.

  3. Mix the mayonnaise with the vinegar and season well. Stir in the chopped tarragon, then spoon over the salad. Toss well, scatter with the croutons and serve.

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28th Sep, 2015
This is such an easy, quick recipe with so much flavour and texture. Made it for a late supper when short of ideas, but luckily not short of all the ingredients. I had some croutons already made which gave great crunch and I added blue cheese. Very well received by all with requests to make again.
11th Sep, 2010
Big on flavour, simple recipie and perfect for simple entertaining!
22nd Aug, 2010
This was so easy and all my friends love the tarragon dressing. I didn't think the croutons were crispy enough so I finished them off in the oven
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