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:

INGREDIENTQTYUOM
Chicken breast boneless 180gms 
Olive oil 20ml
Garlic Clove Chopped 1tbsp
Fresh thyme, chopped2 gms 
Salt & crushed black pepper to taste 
FOR SALAD  
Arugula leaves100gms
CAARA basil pesto2tbsp
GARNISH  
Toasted pine nuts1tbsp
Parmesan cheese10gms
Fresh basil leaves5no 
Cherry tomato 5 to 8no
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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