Recipe: a colourful chicken salad for crisp autumn days

To call this a salad is to sell it short. This is a brilliant, healthy, colourful, tasty dinner we know you will love. It not only brings together the very best of the new season apples and veg, but it also packs the power of pearl barley! This ancient grain is packed with fiber, is slim on fat, and, like all plant products, cholesterol-free.

Shredded chicken with autumn pearl barley salad by The Cook’s Grocer

40 minutes.
Sugar Free. Dairy Free.
Serves 2.

The Cook's Salad, chicken salad


2 x 180g free range chicken breast

3 sprigs parsley

1 small sweet potato (300g)

1 lemon

1/2 cup pearl barley

1 garlic clove

1 red apple

1 small broccoli (220g)

2 teaspoons smokey paprika

1/2 tablespoon pepitas

1/2 tablespoon sunflower seeds


Start by grouping and preparing your ingredients into each of the components of the dish. Rinse vegetables and herbs.

1. Preheat oven, prepare chicken & cook pearl barley

Preheat oven to 220ºC on fan bake. Place chicken in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix to coat well. Set aside. Rinse barley thoroughly. Place barley in a saucepan and cover with 300ml of cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer covered for 35 minutes or until water has absorbed. Leave covered and rest.

2. Prepare & cook veg

Peel sweet potato and cut into 1.5cm cubes. Trim broccoli into small florets and drizzle over olive oil, salt and pepper. Place sweet potato on a baking tray and drizzle over olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper. Place in oven on middle rack and roast for 15 minutes. Add broccoli to the tray and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.

3. Grill chicken

Heat a non-stick fry pan or grill pan to a medium to high heat. Cook chicken for 8 – 10 minutes, turning every 2 minutes. Remove from the pan, cover tightly with foil and rest for 2 minutes. Once rested, use two forks to shred each breast.

4. Make dressing

In a bowl, whisk together crushed garlic cloves, finely chopped parsley, juice of the lemon, a good drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.

5. To serve

Once barley is cooked, combine in a large bowl with diced apple, veg and chicken. Drizzle over dressing. Mix well and serve sprinkled with seeds.

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