The best chicken salad ever

Submitted - Ben
Views - 310
Serves - 4-6


1.2 kg higher-welfare chicken
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil
1 loaf ciabatta, torn into chunks
12 slices higher-welfare pancetta
50 g wild rocket
1 bunch fresh mint, leaves picked
145 g semi-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained and halved
balsamic vinegar
good-quality extra virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then rub with a little olive oil. Place in a roasting tray and roast for 1½ hours or until cooked, adding the bread after 30 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Once your chicken has cooled slightly, tear the meat into long pieces with your hands or a couple of forks, and set aside.

Fry the pancetta slices in a little oil until crispy. Toss the chicken with the croutons, rocket, mint, tomatoes and pancetta. Season well, dress with a little balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil and serve with a glass of crisp white wine.