Simple-chicken-breast-salad
Emma Bengtsson
AuthorEmma BengtssonDifficultyBeginner

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A simple salad topped with chicken breast can be an uninspired fallback healthy lunch, but in the hands of Emma Bengtsson, executive chef of New York’s legendary modern Swedish restaurant Aquavit, it’s a full flavored and uplifting thing of beauty that wins on technique. Searing well seasoned chicken breast over high heat and then finishing it with garlicky butter until it’s just cooked transforms the lean meat into an indulgence against the sprightly crunch of olives, spring onions, chia and flax seeds.

How to Make It

1

Place chicken in a hot pan with oil. Sear on both sides until golden brown.

2

Add butter and garlic, lower the temperature.

3

Cook the chicken in the butter for around 7 minutes, or until fully cooked. Remove from the heat and let rest while preparing the salad.

4

Wash and add the mesclun salad to your plate or bowl.

5

Cut your vegetables and add on top of the lettuce, follow with cut chicken breast and add to the plate.

6

Sprinkle the chia seeds and the flax seeds on top.

7

Add olive oil, vinegar and Maldon salt to a bowl, mix. Pour it over the salad.

Ingredients

Chicken Ingredients
 1 chicken breast
 2 tsp oil
 2 tsp butter
 2 garlic cloves
 salt and pepper to taste
Salad Ingredients
 2 oz mesclun salad
 ½ red onion
 1 tomato
 1 spring onion
 2 sprigs cilantro
 2 sticks celery
 9 green olives
 1 tsp flax seeds
 1 tsp chia seeds
Dressing Ingredients
 1 oz apple cider vinegar
 1 oz olive oil
 1 tsp Maldon salt

Directions

1

Place chicken in a hot pan with oil. Sear on both sides until golden brown.

2

Add butter and garlic, lower the temperature.

3

Cook the chicken in the butter for around 7 minutes, or until fully cooked. Remove from the heat and let rest while preparing the salad.

4

Wash and add the mesclun salad to your plate or bowl.

5

Cut your vegetables and add on top of the lettuce, follow with cut chicken breast and add to the plate.

6

Sprinkle the chia seeds and the flax seeds on top.

7

Add olive oil, vinegar and Maldon salt to a bowl, mix. Pour it over the salad.

Emma Bengtsson’s Simple Chicken Salad