Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Delish Chicken Salad

Over the last few months David and I have been trying to eat really well - no fad diets, just trying to cut out white bread and too many carbs (especially at night) and increasing our fruit and veggie intake.  Well, it was all going brilliantly until the week before our Launch Party.  We were so busy with all the preparations that out went healthy food, and in came quick, fatty meals.  To give you an idea of what I am talking about (and I am embarrassed to admit this), the dinner menu last week included frozen pizza (actually, we found these Dr Oekter frozen pizzas at Coles which are very yummy and great for a very quick meal) and Red Rooster.

So, now that life has returned to normal, we are back to healthy food with a vengeance.  This is a really yummy salad that is easy to make and as salads go, it's actually quite filling.  You can add croutons too if you like having bread with your meal.

Ingredients
  • Chicken fillets (we find 1/2 a chicken breast each is plenty for us but just cook as much as you think will fill you up)
  • Lemon
  • Lettuce (I like baby spinach and rocket but you can use whatever you like)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pine nuts
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
Cut up the chicken fillets into bite size pieces, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and cook in the oven for approx 15-20 mins (until cooked through).  In the meantime, chop up the tomatoes and avocado and add to the washed lettuce.  Dress with olive oil, lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and add some freshly grated parmesan. Cook the pine nuts over a low flame on a dry pan for a couple of minutes (until they just start to brown) and add to the salad.  Give the salad a good mix, pop the chicken on top and there you have it!  Delish Chicken Salad. YUM!