Speedy weeknight suppers: chicken and butternut squash salad

Date:18-07-2013 07:58:05 read:1

Speedy weeknight suppers: chicken and butternut squash salad

Use leftover roast chicken, butternut squash and walnuts to create this hearty salad.

Katriona MacGregor's chicken and butternut dquash salad
Quick and easy: Katriona MacGregor's chicken and butternut dquash salad Photo: Heathcliff O'Malley

This is a great way to use up leftover roast chicken but if your fridge is bare then it takes no time to char-grill some from raw. I like the mildness of spinach leaves but you can spice things up with some rocket, watercress or chicory.

Serves 2

1 small butternut squash

2 small chicken breasts or 200g cooked chicken

2 handfuls of pitted black olives

Bag of spinach leaves

Small bunch chives, chopped into 2cm lengths

25g walnuts

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

½ clove garlic, crushed

½ tsp honey

Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 200C. Peel and chop the butternut squash into 2cm chunks, discarding the seeds. Toss in a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for 30 minutes until tender.

Spread the walnuts on a baking tray and roast in the oven for about 8 minutes until just turning golden.

If using raw chicken then rub a little oil, salt and pepper into each breast. Heat a char-grill pan until smoking and cook for 4 minutes on each side. Set aside.

Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, honey, olive oil and garlic and season with salt and pepper.

Shred the cooked chicken and place in a large serving bowl with all of the other ingredients. When the butternut squash is cooked, add to the bowl while still warm, drizzle over the dressing, toss everything together really well and pile onto some plates.

Delicious with some warm crusty bread and crumbled goat's cheese.


Try to reserve the seeds from the squash, roast with the walnuts and add into the mix at the end.

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