:: Balsamic Chicken with Avocado and Radish Salad

August 13, 2008 at 9:39 pm 29 comments

Hey there!

Sorry to leave you hanging on the recipe front, I really got into writing the book last week, so it’s left the blog a little quiet.  But I haven’t been far, I’ve been keeping up to date with the world of food blogging and beyond.

I recently got a message from John Maguire who has set up a great little forum for all things Food in Ireland, at www.askaboutfood.ie.  Take a look at the site- lots of interesting topics.

Eoghan and Nathalie at CasaCaseyCourtney have announced they will be food blogging, and I’m looking forward to it, because they already have a great eye for pictures!

A special congrats to Kate at LidlTreats who has exploded on to the blogging scene and has even made the National Evening News! Brilliant stuff!

But now, back to our scheduled programming, I have a recipe!
After writing out a grand menu plan for the week in order to keep things running smoothly, three days later it has gone to pieces and I haven’t cooked one of the meals from it!  But I’m not too disappointed, because in an attempt to save an Avocado from becoming over ripe, I came up with a tasty little salad.

Even my just about overripe Avocado, is one of the true underrated super foods-  It’s packed with essential fatty acids, Vitamin K and antioxidants- it also makes a lovely face mask! (But you didn’t hear that from me…) Radish’s are often linked to aiding digestive problems and are beneficial for the teeth and gum’s- So overall this salad is packed with nutrition and is a perfect Good Mood Food recipe!

Enjoy! (In case your wondering, those are pea shoots on top of the salad.)

Balsamic Chicken with Avocado and Radish Salad (Serves 2)

  1. 2 Free Range Chicken Breasts.
  2. 1 Avocado.
  3. 6 Baby Radishes.
  4. A Large Handful of Oak Leaf Lettuce Leaves.
  5. 1 Red Onion, cut in half and sliced wafer thin.
  6. 1 Small Garlic Clove, Peeled and Minced.
  7. 1 Teaspoon of Wholegrain Mustard.
  8. 2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar.
  9. 6 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  10. The Juice of Half A Lemon.
  11. A Good Pinch Of Coarse Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Peppercorns.

If you have the time to marinade the chicken breasts overnight, by all means go ahead.  Remove any fat (or “icky bits” as I’ve heard them reffered to in my kitchen) from the breasts and place in a zip loc baggy.  Pour in 1 Tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar, 3 Tablespoons of EV Olive Oil, the Juice of half a Lemon, and a pinch of Black Pepper, seal and give a good shake!
In a jar, bowl, or whatever you want to make your dressing in, combine, 1 Tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar, 3 Tablespoons of EV Olive Oil, Garlic, Wholegrain Mustard, and a pinch of Sea Salt.  Whisk or shake to combine, set aside and prepare the salad.
Place a good handful of lettuce leaves on each plate, and scatter with the red onion.
Slice the Avocado in half and remove the stone, spoon out the green flesh and slice into thin strips, arrange on top of the salad.  Cut the baby Radishes into quarters and place on the outside of the plate.
Heat a large frying pan (I would use a griddle pan if I had one!) till just before it begins smoking and place the breasts on, you shouldn’t need any extra oil as Olive Oil is used in the marinade.  Cook for approx 4-5 Minutes either side, remove from the heat, let it rest (if you can wait…) and slice into thin strips.  Arrange on top of the avocado and using a spoon dribble the dressing over the salad.

Serve straight away!

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29 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kittie  |  August 14, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Great pic – I wish our weather matched the salad!!

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  • 2. Donal  |  August 14, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Hahaha I know the feeling! Dirty big rain clouds all day yesterday!

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  • 3. Ben  |  August 14, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    That is a gorgeous salad! But again, anything with avocado is gorgeous, isn’t it?

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  • 4. Jennifer in East Hampton  |  August 15, 2008 at 12:31 am

    I am new to this site–love the blog and the recipes! I made this recipe tonight for dinner, with one change: instead of the avocado (which I didn’t have in the fridge) I used mango. The juxtaposition of the sweet mango and the tangy balsamic vinaigrette was delish! Next time I’ll use the avocado. Maybe even mango AND avocado…

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  • 5. Kevin  |  August 15, 2008 at 2:15 am

    That salad looks good!

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  • 6. Tom Aarons  |  August 15, 2008 at 7:56 am

    This looks to die for, love the idea of slipping some radishes in. :)

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  • 7. Kay  |  August 15, 2008 at 9:37 am

    This looks so pretty. Just stumbled upon your blog and it vaguely reminds me of my own foodblog :) Great pics, great recipes. Kudos.

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  • 8. Donal  |  August 15, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Ben- Totally agree- makes everything that little bit more edible! :)Jennifer- Thanks and welcome! That sounds great- love the addition of mango! YUM!Kevin- Thanks!Tom Aarons- Thanks- it definitely adds an extra crunch to the salad!Kay- Hey your blog looks great- and pics are fab!

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  • 9. crunchLin  |  August 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    just looking at this salad puts me in a good mood! delicious!

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  • 10. Claudia  |  August 15, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I had guacamole yesterday. Didn’t match our weather in northern Germany …

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  • 11. Leslie  |  August 15, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Love the salad! I just recently realized they I like Avacodos..now I cant get enough of them!

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  • 12. Leslie  |  August 15, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Love the salad! I just recently realized they I like Avacodos..now I cant get enough of them!

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  • 13. Darius T. Williams  |  August 17, 2008 at 2:40 am

    Don’t you love when you have to cook something before it goes bad? LOL – this salad looks so damn good!-DTWhttp://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

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  • 14. Donal  |  August 17, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Crunchlin- I hope it does! Let me know if you try it! :)Claudia- MMM I love that! Pity about the weather, we still haven’t had a proper summer here yet!Leslie- I remember when I started eating them too- Love them now!Darius- I know big time- makes the meal taste even better! :)

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  • 15. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)  |  August 21, 2008 at 7:57 am

    This salad will most definitely put me in a good mood. I love doing chicken in balsamic, but for some reason I’ve never used it in a salad!!!

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  • 16. Natasha  |  August 21, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    mmm, chicken salad! It looks wonderful – and I’m sure it tastes divine as well!

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  • 17. Tooth Fairy Recipes  |  August 24, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Looks great Donal, Especially the salad looks like a great crunchy idea:-)X M

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  • 18. recipes2share  |  August 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    This looks really delicious, great photo’s too!

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  • 19. NC  |  August 28, 2008 at 11:29 am

    That chicken looks lovely. A nice site, by the way and lovely photos! I’ve been visiting often but never got round to commenting.

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  • 20. bakingforthecure  |  August 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    this looks so great! what a nice picture!

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  • 21. Steaks University  |  September 1, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Looks wholesome!! Thanks, will try it someday

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  • 22. Ben  |  September 5, 2008 at 12:51 am

    That looks perfect. I have a pile of fresh radishes ready to go.

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  • 23. Louis  |  September 5, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    man, i’m havin mouth watering moment now!

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  • 24. Sophie  |  September 10, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    What a beautiful salad! So many fresh ingredients :); lovely photo, too.We would like to feature your balsamic chicken salad recipe on our blog. Please email sophiekiblogger@gmail.com if interested. Thanks :)You can view our blog here:blog.keyingredient.com/

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  • 25. hubschrauber  |  December 19, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    I’d like to invite you to have a look on a funny home-made decoration – the radish mouse on cold spread.http://hubschrauber.wordpress.com/2008/12/18/maus-auf-brot-hors-doeuvre/Best regards from GermanyRosemarie

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  • 26. Samantha  |  March 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I am new to this site also, but I love the new refreshed look..and now my mouth is watering for this salad! I’m making it tonight :-)thanks for the inspiration and for sharing the know-how!Samantha

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  • 27. Johanna  |  May 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    This is the first recipe I have tried from your blog and it was a great success. The dressing is amazing. I love the mustard with the Balsamic vinegar. Ironically I recieved some pretty interesting looks when I set the bowl on the table but after one bite the recipe was declared a keeper. Tonight we try the roasted vegetables with bulgur wheat.

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  • 28. feastsandfotos  |  May 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    This looks delicious and healthy. Great site, your photos are spectacular!

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  • 29. Anonymous  |  September 10, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I am very excited about the dressing in this recipe. I subbed mostly everything else according to what's in my kitchen, but the radish and avocado combo is something I will have to try.

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