Roast Chicken Garden Salad

Dining outside is becoming more appealing and popular all the time, not least because of the time we are spending at home. We may miss out on our much-loved overseas trips this summer but why not place Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil centre stage at your Al Fresco home dining table?

With the highest levels of health boosting polyphenols ever found in our oil, the 2021 Harvest is now available for purchase online.  You can even get 10% off your next order if you refer a friend. Time to get outdoors for some fun in the sun!

Here we have a roast chicken garden salad recipe for a picnic.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large Chicken (about 2kg)
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • ½ small bunch thyme
  • Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • 1 ciabatta loaf, torn into pieces
  • 90g pack prosciutto
  • 1 garlic bulb, halved horizontally

For The Salad

  • 200g pack green beans
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
  • Small bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 4 Baby Gem lettuces, separated into leaves

For The Dressing

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Season the chicken inside and out, then stuff the cavity with 1 of the lemons and the thyme. Sit in a roomy roasting tin, drizzle with Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil and roast for 40 mins.
  2. Remove the tin from the oven, then scatter the ciabatta pieces around the chicken and ruffle over the prosciutto. Add the garlic and remaining lemon halves to the tin. Roast everything together for 40 mins more until the croutons and prosciutto are crisp. Remove from the oven, transfer the chicken to a plate and leave to cool. Remove the croutons and prosciutto, and set aside.
  3. While the chicken is cooling, cook the green beans in a pan of boiling water for 5 mins. Drain, cool under cold water, then tip into a big bowl with the spring onions and parsley. To make the dressing, squash the roasted lemon and garlic in the roasting tin with a potato masher. Remove all the skin from the garlic, then stir in the olive oil and lemon juice with some seasoning - scrape the bottom of the tin to get all the sticky chicken juices into your dressing. Stir in any resting juices from the chicken and set aside.
  4. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, strip the meat off the bones. Just before serving, add the dressing, chicken, croutons, prosciutto and lettuce to the green bean mix in the bowl, toss together and scatter over a large serving platter.
  5. Pack the roast chicken salad for your picnic.