Salads definitely do not have to be boring! This Simple Chicken & Bacon Salad is one we have been making for years and is a complete meal so you don’t feel like you are missing out.
Summer is the time of year when we want to eat lighter, easy to make food but don’t want to still feel hungry once we have eaten. In the past, people thought of salads as being boring and just iceburg lettuce, cucumber and tomato. Things have definitely changed and there are so many innovative and exciting salads out there; my Giant Cous Cous, Tomato & Rocket Salad for example.
This Simple Chicken & Bacon Salad isn’t anything fancy, it is just really tasty and easy to make. My Mum used to make this often for us and she would BBQ the chicken, bacon and pepper. However sometimes I think going to the effort of using the BBQ on a weeknight is more than I can muster as a lazy person. My Simple Chicken & Bacon Salad uses just two pans and is really quick to make – you don’t have to worry about turning the BBQ on. Obviously if you do have more time, the BBQ is a great cooking tool.
Adding potatoes to the salad makes you feel like you aren’t missing out on anything. With some salads, even if they include meat; you can sometimes feel like you’re not very full afterwards. This defeats the purpose of trying to be a bit healthier in the first place if a few hours after eating you are reaching for a chocolate bar. So don’t be afraid to add the potatoes, they help make this salad an entire meal and not just a side salad.
My Mum used to add the boiled potatoes to the salad as they were. But I do find boiled potatoes can be slightly boring. One incredibly easy way to make them more exciting is to crisp them up when you are cooking the bacon. The fat that comes from the bacon helps prevent them from sticking to the pan, adds great flavour and means you don’t have to add more oil.
Continuing my laziness, I like to use a bag of salad leaves for my Simple Chicken & Bacon Salad. I know a lot of people are against these, but they really are a time saving option. They also include a mix of salad leaves which helps keep this salad exciting. I also bulk out the salad with two baby gem lettuces, but you can add more bagged leaves if any washing and chopping of lettuce is above you (no judgement here!).
My Simple Chicken & Bacon Salad makes a great dinner, but the leftovers are perfect for lunch too. Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge and it’ll be good for the next two days. It is also naturally gluten free which is an added bonus.
You can eat the salad as it is, but if you would like to add a dressing, my dressing of choice is my Honey & Mustard Dressing.
Simple Chicken & Bacon Salad
Salads definitely do not have to be boring! This Simple Chicken & Bacon Salad is one we have been making for years and is a complete meal so you don't feel like you are missing out.
- 500 g chicken breast or thigh, diced
- 400 g new potatoes
- 1 pepper diced
- 200 g cucumber
- 1 bag lettuce leaves (approx 100g)
- 2 baby gem lettuces
- 1 pot cress
- 340g tin sweetcorn drained
- 250 g plum tomatoes
- 8 rashers bacon diced
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- pinch black pepper
- ½ tsp sunflower oil
Dice the potatoes so they are all roughly the same size. Cook then in a pan of salted boiling water until the tip of a knife goes into them easily. Drain and leave to one side
Dice the chicken into bite sized pieces and season with the salt and pepper. Warm a large frying pan over a medium to high heat before adding the sunflower oil
When the oil is hot, add the chicken and move around the pan occasionally for 5 minutes
Add the diced pepper to the chicken and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and brown and the peppers have softened slightly
Remove the chicken from the pan and add the diced bacon. Once the bacon has released some of it's fat, add the drained potatoes. Let them cook until both the potatoes and bacon have become crisp. Remove from the pan
While the ingredients are cooking, you can be preparing the salad. Wash all of the vegetables and cut them however you would like. Arrange them in a large salad bowl along with the drained sweetcorn
Once the hot ingredients have cooled for 5 minutes or so, add them to the salad and toss together so everything is mixed
Feel free to add any salad ingredients you like - grated carrot, spring onions and avocado would make good additions should you wish. You can also easily increase the quantities i.e add more cucumber.