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Lemon and Honey Chicken Salad

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Prep Time 12 mins               Cook Time 15 Mins              Serves 4

  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice, extra
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup mint leaves, finely chop half the leaves
  • 4 x 200g chicken breast fillets, each sliced into thirds
  • 200g broad beans
  • 1/2 (200g) garlic ciabatta loaf halved lengthways, torn into small pieces
  • Large handful of baby spinach
  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 125g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard

 

  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • Combine lemon zest and juice, honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and chopped mint in a large bowl. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add chicken, stir to coat, then place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to marinate.
  • Meanwhile, blanch broad beans in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold running water. Remove tough outer skins. Set aside.
  • Place ciabatta on a baking tray and grill for 4-5 minutes until golden and crisp.
  • Preheat a chargrill pan to high. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes each side until caramelised and cooked through.
  • Toss broad beans, ciabatta, spinach, chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and whole mint leaves in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together mustard and remaining 2 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Season. Divide the salad among plates, pour over dressing and top with chicken to serve.
Author: Donna Saunders