Basil Pesto Chicken Salad

 

Follow along as Ambika prepares a quick, super simple but delicious basil pesto chicken salad in the kitchen!

 Follow these detailed instructions to make your own at home:

INGREDIENT

QTY

UOM

Chicken breast boneless 

180

gms 

Olive oil 

20

ml

Garlic Clove Chopped 

1

tbsp

Fresh thyme, chopped

2

 gms 

Salt & crushed black pepper 

to taste

 

FOR SALAD

 

 

Arugula leaves

100

gms

CAARA basil pesto

2

tbsp

GARNISH

 

 

Toasted pine nuts

1

tbsp

Parmesan cheese

10

gms

Fresh basil leaves

5

no 

Cherry tomato 

5 to 8

no

Red radish slice 

5 to 8 

 no

 

 METHOD:

  • Marinade the chicken with salt, black pepper, garlic, thyme and olive oil for 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours) before cooking chicken.
  • Preheat a grill pan to medium high heat and Place chicken on the grill for 2 minutes on both sides.
  • Then put it in the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes
  • Rest 3-5 minutes before slicing.
  • Now toss the arugula lettuce in olive oil, salt and pepper, tossing to combine. You want the salad moist, but not soggy.
  • Now, slice your cooked chicken breast and mix with the CAARA basil pesto.
  • Cut the cherry tomato into half and keep aside for garnish.
  • Arrange the salad nicely on the salad plate.
  • Garnish with parmesan shavings, basil leaves, half cherry tomato, red radish and pine nuts.
  • Serve with a drizzle of extra dressing as desired.


     

     CAARA TIP:

    To enhance the flavour of any salad with leaves and greens always toss it first in extra virgin olive, salt and pepper. Then add any dressing. This way you use less dressing and the result will be more flavourful.

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