Chop Chop Chicken & Barley Salad

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Serves2 people
Chop Chop Chicken & Barley Salad

This supper salad is packed with deliciously good things to eat: creamy avocado, French beans, nutty pearly barley and griddled chicken breast.


  • 75g pearl barley
  • 250g French beans
  • 1 shallot
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • A handful of tarragon, leaves only
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g chicken breast mini fillets
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 25 mins

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1. Tip the pearl barley into a sieve and give it a good rinse. Tip it into a pan. Pour in enough boiling water to cover it by about 3cm. Cover. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 20 mins.
2. While the barley simmers, trim the beans into chunks around 1cm across. Set aside.
3. Peel and finely slice the shallot and add it to a large bowl. Finely chop half the cucumber and add it to the shallot.
4. Halve the avocado. Scoop out the stone. Scoop the flesh out of the skins. Dice and add to the bowl. Finely chop the tarragon leaves and add them to the bowl.
5. When the barley has simmered for 20 mins, add the beans. Simmer, without the lid on the pan, for 5 mins. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop it cooking. Drain again and add to the bowl.
6. Chop the chicken into small, bite-size chunks. Warm 1/2 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Add the chicken. Fry over a medium heat for 10-12 mins, turning a few times, till golden all over and cooked through.
7. While the chicken fries, whisk the mustard and vinegar with 11/2 tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Taste and add more salt or pepper if you think it needs it. Add to the bowl and toss everything to coat it in the dressing.
8. Heap the salad up on two serving plates. Top with the chicken and serve.
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