Chicken, avocado and watercress salad with soft goat’s cheese

Chicken, avocado and watercress salad with soft goat’s cheese

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Serves
6
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Dean Cambray

Chicken breast meat is often dry and disappointing, but this poaching method ensures that it stays moist, juicy and tender. I love to serve this light summer salad with a chilled glass of riesling. It’s just the thing for ladies who lunch.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
600g chicken breast fillets, skin removed
1 cup white wine
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1 stick celery, roughly chopped
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs thyme
1 teaspoon salt

Dressing

Quantity Ingredient
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped dill
salt
freshly ground black pepper

Salad

Quantity Ingredient
1 bunch watercress, washed and leaves picked
1 small bunch frisée, inner pale leaves only
1 cup parsley leaves
1/4 cup chives, cut into 4 cm lengths
1/4 cup dill, roughly chopped
200g soft goat’s cheese, roughly crumbled
100g green olives, pitted
1 avocado, peeled and cut into 6 wedges

Method

  1. To poach the chicken, place all the ingredients in a heavy-based saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently for 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the chicken to cool in the poaching liquid. When cold, remove the chicken from the liquid and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. When ready to serve, slice the chicken into batons, around 1.5 cm x 6 cm. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dressing ingredients and whisk together well. Add the chicken pieces and toss gently.
  3. In another large mixing bowl, combine all the salad ingredients, except for the avocado, and toss gently.
  4. To assemble the salad, place a slice of avocado in the base of each of 6 shallow bowls. Divide the dressed chicken between the bowls, arranging it around the avocado. Top each with a generous handful of the salad and serve straight away.
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