Chicken Pesto Salad

Normally you can attribute the success of a dish to a particular ingredient. This however lets every ingredient share the stage. You can leave out one or more of the ingredients but each one adds its own voice to the choir.

Using my last salad post as a base, (Check it out HERE) make it a full lunch or dinner with these other amazing flavours. Grilled Chicken gives this the protein to fill you up. Pesto adds a whole new dimension to the original flavour of the salad. Then, my favourite bit, toasted cumin seeds and pine nuts. That flavour from the fennel seeds really boosts the overall outcome of this pretty healthy, quick lunch or dinner.

What do you need

1x chicken breast

1tsp cumin seeds

25g pine nuts

1 tbsp pesto

1x lemon

Handful of spinach or rocket (or both)

1x pre cooked beetroot

5 sun dried tomatoes halved

40g feta cheese

What you need to do

Bash your chicken breast between some cling film to make it nice and even, around 1 cm thick would be good. Season it with a little salt and pepper and then drizzle it with a little olive oil. Add the breast to a hot pan and cook for around 4 minutes on each side (this can obviously vary, just make sure your chicken is white all the way through and there are no pink bits left inside).Once it is cooked through remove it to a plate and leave it to rest.

While the chicken cooks away heat another small pan and add the cumin seeds and pine nuts. Toast them for around a minute. You are not trying to cook them and you don't want to burn them so keep an eye out. All this does is release the aromatic oils and smells out of them both to make them taste amazing.

In a small bowl mix the pesto and lemon juice together.

Now to plate up just toss the spinach and rocket onto a plate and scatter over the beetroot, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and cumin seeds. Crumble the feta cheese over everything. Slice your chicken breast into strips and lay on top and drizzle over the lemon pesto.

Chorizo, Tomato and Egg 

So I have been away for a while. The reason being we have lapsed into some old habits. Eating habits. Long story short I am now on a health kick. I need to lose a good couple of stone, at least. So, now I am eating good, healthy, fresh food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This lunch surprised me it was super tasty and actually filled me up till dinner. Which is surprising considering it is basically a tin of tomatoes and a couple of eggs.

The main reason this works and tastes amazing is it has chorizo in it. Not a lot (I am being healthy after all) but enough to flavour the tomatoes and give that rich flavour that comes from cooking it down and getting all those lovely juices. I cooked the eggs in the tomatoes and they were amazing I broke open the yolk in the bowl and it was still runny which added a whole new flavour. I think next time I will add some fresh herbs. Probably basil or parsley. Maybe a bit of Worcester sauce. The chilli powder gave enough heat to warm everything but I think I will add some more next time.

This, I worked out was around 500 – 550 calories. I know that sounds a lot but I am over 17 stone now so I have given myself 1800 calories a day. All of which will hopefully be good wholesome food. I had a home made fruit smoothie for breakfast that was only around 350 calories so that still left me 900 calories for dinner and milk for my coffee.


Ingredients (serves 1)

1 Tin chopped tomatoes

50g Chorizo chopped (I used the cured sausage not the sliced sandwich chorizo)

1 Shallot finely chopped

1 handful of spinach

2 Eggs

30g Parmesan Cheese grated 

Half a tsp of Chilli powder


How to Cook

Cook your shallot and chorizo in a small pan with a small amount of olive oil for a few minutes. Long enough for the chorizo to release all the fat and oil. Add your chilli powder and mix it in for a minute.

Then add the tin of chopped tomatoes, careful it may splash up at you as it hits the hot oils in the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Heat it all through. then add your spinach until it has all wilted. You may need to do this in a couple of batches.

Now try and make a small indent in the tomatoes with a spoon and then crack an egg into it. Now do the same with the other egg. Sprinkle the Parmesan on top and then put a lid on the pan. Cook until all the egg whites have cooked but the yolks still runny.

Carfully transfer it all to a bowl.

Sprinkle with some Basil or Parsley if you have any.