Resplendent Roasted Chicken and Bread Salad….


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……..more delectable chicken dinners! Thankfully there are about a million ways to prepare chicken whether the chicken is whole, cut into pieces, with skin or without. My family is particularly partial to a roasted chicken with the skin on. The aroma, wafting out into the driveway, draws them in, one by one, like a moth to a flame……

While a roasted chicken is always delicious with a buttery side of potatoes, I personally love a good chicken salad. And this one is one is hearty enough that I can actually serve it to Chuck for dinner!

I like to roast two chickens. Amanda is crazy for the drumsticks, Nick likes chicken breasts and we all love leftovers.

Roasted Chicken:

Pre-heat oven to 350°

1 whole chicken, with the giblets removed

Salt and pepper

Onion powder

4 Tbsp butter

8-12 garlic cloves

2 Tbsp olive oil

Place chicken in a roasting pan

Season inside and out with slat, pepper and onion powder

Place butter and garlic inside the cavity

If you are good at tying hogs, you might attempt tying up the chicken to keep all of the buttery, garlic-y goodness inside the cavity

Drizzle olive oil all over the skin

Bake for about 1 ½ hours, or until an internal thermometer reads 180°

Baste with the pan juices

Cover with foil and let rest for 30 minutes before you carve it up, reserving about 2 cups of chicken for the salad

Roasted Chicken and Bread Salad:

Serves 4

To make the dressing:

Whisk together:

4 Tbsp olive oil

¼ cup white wine vinegar

2 tsp oregano

1 tsp sugar

For the salad, you’ll need:

3 cups of torn up Italian or focaccia bread

2 cups roasted chicken

¾ cup Kalamata olives

4 romaine hearts, washed and chopped

In a skillet, heat over medium-high heat;

1 Tbsp olive oil

Add bread

Toss to coat and cook for approximately 5 minutes

Remove the bread from the skillet

Add;

Chicken

Olives

Dressing

Turn frequently to coat

Cook for several minutes, until warm

Toss the bread back into the pan and toss to coat

Arrange the romaine on 4 different plates

Add the chicken mixture

Serve

More chicken, more delicious meals, more family dinners…..

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