When summer comes, and we don’t really want to be in the kitchen, what could be better than a lovely chicken salad. Fresh, light and appetising, it can be served as an appetizer, or main course, or even as a meal in itself. A few simple steps and you will have a fresh and tasty dish: making it is very simple, just boil the chicken and, once cooled, slice into strips, season the salad as you wish, and add carrots, artichokes, courgettes, tomatoes, etc etc. Excellent for children, the white meat is particularly suitable for youngsters. If you serve it at a dinner party with friends you will make a great impression; it’s not just an excellent summer dish but also the basis of a healthy diet, white meat being specifically indicated for low-calorie diets. Just follow our recipe and picture gallery and you will have a truly special chicken salad.
One chicken breast
2 medium courgettes
artichokes preserved in oil
8 artichokes preserved in oil
4 tablespoons of olive oil
A bunch of parsley
Juice of half a lemon
Serves 4 persons
Boil the chicken breast for about an hour. Let it cool, cut into strips and place in a large bowl. Wash and clean the courgettes, cut into not overly thin slices and grill on both sides. Cut them in half and add to the chicken. Then slice the carrots into strips, half the artichokes, and add them too. At this point add in the diced scamorza smoked cheese and then prepare a dressing of oil, salt, parsley and lemon juice. Mix well until you get a kind of creamy sauce and use it to dress the chicken salad. Place in refrigerator for half an hour before serving.
Echoing the traditional Chinese methods, the best way of adding flavour to your chicken salad is with soy sauce, and perhaps also by adding some almonds. You could accompany the meat base of the recipe, strips of chicken, with some plain rice making this dish even more substantial.
Traditional Chinese cuisine is full of recipes that feature chicken, so you will appreciate that this recipe has a strong connection with Chinese cookery. Several variations that have a chicken salad base derive from Chinese recipes: for example, almond chicken becomes chicken salad with almonds.