Chicken & squash salad

Chicken and Squash Salad

Serves 4

  • 1 butternut squash, halved lengthways, seeds scraped out and reserved

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds

  • 1 dried chilli

  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • olive oil

  • 400 g tinned chickpeas

  • 1 pinch ground cumin

  • 1 lemon

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 small ciabatta, sliced into ½inch slices

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and halved

  • 2 handfuls of rocket, washed and spun-dry

  • 1 soft round lettuce, washed and spun-dry

  • 2 handfuls of higher-welfare roast chicken, shredded

  • 1 small bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and roughly chopped

  • any leftover stuffing

Preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Cut your squash into wedges lengthways and spread out on a baking tray, skin-side down. In a pestle and mortar, bash up the coriander seeds and dried chilli then stir through the oregano and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle the squash with a good lug of olive oil then sprinkle over your crushed spices. Pop in the oven to roast for 45 minutes until soft and slightly caramelised.



Meanwhile, drain your chickpeas in a sieve and leave to dry on some kitchen paper. Pick your squash seeds from the stringy flesh surrounding them, then wash and pat dry. In a bowl, toss together the dry chickpeas and squash seeds with a lug of olive oil, a little salt and pepper and a good pinch of cumin. Heat another lug of olive oil in a large frying pan and toast your seeds and chickpeas, tossing frequently, until golden. Leave to one side to cool down.



I like to make my dressing in a jam jar - squeeze in the juice of the lemon, add a tiny pinch of salt and pepper then top up with the same amount of extra virgin olive oil. Pop the lid on and give it a good shake to mix it up.



Preheat your griddle over a medium heat and toast your slices of ciabatta until golden. Rub the toasted ciabatta with the cut side of your garlic clove and drizzle with a little olive oil. Smear your leftover stuffing onto the toast.



Place your salad leaves, shredded chicken and most of your seeds and chickpeas in a large bowl. Cut your roasted squash into nice chunks, add these to the bowl and drizzle over the dressing. Toss gently then transfer to a large platter. Scatter with the remaining seeds and chickpeas. Drizzle the ciabatta with a little more extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle over the parsley, and serve with your salad.

Nutritional Information

Chicken & squash salad

With lovely leftover stuffing toast

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If you've got a bit of leftover chicken, veg and stuffing around at Christmas, this salad's perfect
Serves 4
1h 10m
Super easy
Method

This is a great way of using up leftover roast chicken and stuffing.

Preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Cut your squash into wedges lengthways and spread out on a baking tray, skin-side down. In a pestle and mortar, bash up the coriander seeds and dried chilli then stir through the oregano and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Drizzle the squash with a good lug of olive oil then sprinkle over your crushed spices. Pop in the oven to roast for 45 minutes until soft and slightly caramelised.

Meanwhile, drain your chickpeas in a sieve and leave to dry on some kitchen paper. Pick your squash seeds from the stringy flesh surrounding them, then wash and pat dry. In a bowl, toss together the dry chickpeas and squash seeds with a lug of olive oil, a little salt and pepper and a good pinch of cumin. Heat another lug of olive oil in a large frying pan and toast your seeds and chickpeas, tossing frequently, until golden. Leave to one side to cool down.

I like to make my dressing in a jam jar - squeeze in the juice of the lemon, add a tiny pinch of salt and pepper then top up with the same amount of extra virgin olive oil. Pop the lid on and give it a good shake to mix it up.

Preheat your griddle over a medium heat and toast your slices of ciabatta until golden. Rub the toasted ciabatta with the cut side of your garlic clove and drizzle with a little olive oil. Smear your leftover stuffing onto the toast.

Place your salad leaves, shredded chicken and most of your seeds and chickpeas in a large bowl. Cut your roasted squash into nice chunks, add these to the bowl and drizzle over the dressing. Toss gently then transfer to a large platter. Scatter with the remaining seeds and chickpeas. Drizzle the ciabatta with a little more extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle over the parsley, and serve with your salad.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 731 37%
  • Carbs 71.9g 28%
  • Sugar 14.0g 16%
  • Fat 30.0g 43%
  • Saturates 4.9g 25%
  • Protein 37.1g 82%
Of an adult's reference intake

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