Grilled chicken salad recipe with orange, watercress and fennel


This delicious grilled chicken salad recipe is so simple to make and is perfect to enjoy during late spring and summer. The combination of fresh orange with crunchy fennel and tangy watercress works incredibly well together. Do buy organic or traditionally produced chicken wherever possible, reared without the routine use of antibiotics.

Watercress, like other dark green, leafy veg, is an excellent source of absorbable iron, calcium and plant chemicals called glucosinolates. Studies show that these can help protect against some cancers. It’s also a potent source of many other useful phytocompounds known as carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin, both vital for healthy eyesight.

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    For the salad

    • 2 small chicken breasts, skin removed and sliced
    • 1 orange
    • 100g cooked red and white quinoa
    • 1 small fennel bulb, cut into wedges, fronds reserved
    • 100g watercress

    For the dressing

    • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp cider vinegar


    1. Heat a griddle pan over a medium-high heat, and once hot, cook the chicken pieces for two minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate to rest. Put the griddle pan back on the heat and cook the fennel wedges for five minutes, turning to char all sides. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    2. Zest the orange into a mixing bowl and then remove the peel with a knife, before slicing the orange into a bowl, collecting any juice in the bowel as you go. Stir in the cooked quinoa, chicken and fennel, and gently fold in the watercress.
    3. Divide between serving plates, whisk the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the salad before serving immediately.