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Chicken, Almond and Parsley Salad

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Introduction

This came about the way most of my favourite food has come about, by greedy opportunism. I had some cold chicken in the fridge, a huge bunch of parsley in a jug by the stove and had recently opened a packet of flaked almonds and I was just too hungry to think further. The important thing is to leave the parsley whole and unchopped - just tear the leaves off the stalks and heap them on the plate in a rough jumble - and to toast the almonds, which just means tossing them about over medium heat in an oil-less pan until they take on colour, at the last minute. I want the heat from them as well as the crunch.

This came about the way most of my favourite food has come about, by greedy opportunism. I had some cold chicken in the fridge, a huge bunch of parsley in a jug by the stove and had recently opened a packet of flaked almonds and I was just too hungry to think further. The important thing is to leave the parsley whole and unchopped - just tear the leaves off the stalks and heap them on the plate in a rough jumble - and to toast the almonds, which just means tossing them about over medium heat in an oil-less pan until they take on colour, at the last minute. I want the heat from them as well as the crunch.

Chicken, Almond and Parsley Salad
Photo by Petrina Tinslay

Ingredients

Serves: 1

Metric Cups
  • 1 cold cooked chicken breast (sliced and shredded)
  • 2 handfuls fresh flatleaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • maldon salt
  • 50 grams flaked almonds (toasted)
  • 1 cold cooked chicken breast (sliced and shredded)
  • 2 handfuls fresh italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • sea salt flakes
  • ½ cup slivered almonds (toasted)

Method

  1. Using your hands, mix the chicken and parsley together in a large bowl or on a large plate.
  2. Dribble over the olive oil and, still using your hands, toss to mix.
  3. Now squeeze over the lemon juice, sprinkle over the salt and tip in most of the toasted almonds and toss again.
  4. Sprinkle over the remaining almonds, and your work here on earth is done.
  1. Using your hands, mix the chicken and parsley together in a large bowl or on a large plate.
  2. Dribble over the olive oil and, still using your hands, toss to mix.
  3. Now squeeze over the lemon juice, sprinkle over the salt and tip in most of the toasted almonds and toss again.
  4. Sprinkle over the remaining almonds, and your work here on earth is done.

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What 1 Other has said

  • My favourite ingredients. How can this be anything but fantastic??

    Posted by rmbgal on 20th March 2013
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