Creative Cooking Italian Recipe

Matt’s Italian Chicken Salad Recipe

Recipe Introduction

This is an Italian Chicken Salad recipe that I made in Creative Cooking class in March 2013. I picked this recipe because I like Chicken Cesar Salad and I wanted to pick an Italian Salad that I would enjoy. The following pictures are to show what each of the steps should look like.

Recipe Yield

This makes 4 main-course servings.


For croutons

  • 4 cups (1/2-inch) cubes Italian bread (from a 1/2-lb crusty round loaf)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For salad
  • 2 cups coarsely shredded cooked chicken (1/2 lb; from a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 cup bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls; 6 oz)
  • 2 hearts of romaine (3/4 lb total), torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 (8-oz) jar roasted red peppers, rinsed, drained, and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide strips

Gather all the Ingredients

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Step 1 For Croutons

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2 For Croutons

Toss bread cubes with oil and salt in large shallow baking pan and spread in 1 layer.

Step 3 For Croutons

Bake, turning over once, until golden and crisp, about 8 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack.

Done Making The Croutons

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Step 1 For Vinaigrette And Begin Preparing Salad While Croutons Bake

Whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients except oil in small bowl until combined.

Step 2 For Vinaigrette And Begin Preparing Salad While Croutons Bake

Add oil in slow stream, whisking until emulsified.

Step 3 For Vinaigrette And Begin Preparing Salad While Croutons Bake

Toss chicken and bocconcini together with 1/4 cup vinaigrette in a bowl and let stand 10 minutes to allow flavors to develop.

Done For Vinaigrette And Preparing Salad

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Make the Salad

Toss together romaine, red peppers, olives, chicken and bocconcini mixture, croutons, and remaining vinaigrette in a large bowl until combined.

Done Making the Salad

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I believe I did a good job making this salad. The only thing that I did wrong was that I added all the vinaigrette at once instead of the 1/4 cup.

Recipe Location Found

I found the recipe for this salad at: All the credit for this recipe goes to that site.