Total Time
35mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Italian Chicken Salad

Ingredients Nutrition

  • For the croutons

  • 4 cups cubes Italian bread (from a 1/2 lb crusty round loaf)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • For the vinaigrette dressing

  • 14 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 18 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • For the salad

  • 2 cups coarsely shredded cooked chicken (1/2 lb, from a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 cup bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls, 6 oz)
  • 2 romaine lettuce hearts, torn into bite-size pieces (3/4 lb total)
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, rinsed, drained, and cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch wide strips
  • 1 cup assorted marinated oil-cured olives (5 oz)

Directions

  1. Prepare the croutons:
  2. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F
  3. Toss bread cubes with olive oil and salt in a large shallow baking pan and spread in 1 layer. Bake, turning over once, until golden and crisp, about 8 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack.
  4. Make vinaigrette dressing and begin preparing salad while croutons bake:
  5. Whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients except olive oil in a small bowl until combined. Add olive oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.
  6. Toss chicken and bocconcini mozzarella together with 1/4 cup vinaigrette in a bowl and let stand 10 minutes to allow flavors to develop.
  7. Prepare the salad:
  8. Toss together romaine lettuce, red peppers, olives, chicken and bocconcini mixture, croutons, and remaining vinaigrette in a large bowl until combined. Makes 4 main-course servings.
Most Helpful

5 5

We loved this. It was very easy to put together, and very very yummy! I did make a couple of substitutions: I used 1/4 cup oil, and 1/4 cup water to the dressing, and had to substitute red onion for the shallots. I didn't have any brocconcini, so I used 3/4 cup shredded mozzerella. You do need to add all the dressing. (I thought at first that it seemed a lot, but there's not a lot of flavour in the chicken or cheese, so it needs all the dressing. And a word of caution: watch the crutons carefully. I nearly burned mine! My husband's even asked for a print out of the recipe so he can make it himself. I guess that means this is a keeper! Thanks Ms. Pia!