Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Recipe - Pasta Salad with Poached Chicken
This is a fairly quick and easy dish to make. It's also quite versatile. It could be packed for lunch or picnic, used as a side when you barbecue or just plainly eaten for dinner.
Poaching is probably one of the easiest ways of cooking chicken breasts that I know of. The way I do is it as follows. Chuck the chickens into a large pan, add spices and other flavourings of your choice. Pour on enough water (or stock) to cover the chicken well. Bring this to a boil, let it boil for 3 minutes and then remove it from the heat. Cover the pan and let it stand for 30 minutes. Done.
After that quick poaching lesson, let's head over to the recipe.
Ingredients (serves 4)
4 portions of pasta
2 chicken breasts
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 can of sweet corn, drained
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
2 tbsp olive oil
Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packaging, drain and let it cool.
Cook the chicken breasts as per above, drain, let it cool and then dice the it.
Mix the lemon juice, mixed herbs and olive oil in a small bowl.
In a large bowl mix up all the dry ingredients well and then stir in the dressing.