Welcome to my Paleo best ever slow cooked chicken salad recipe.
If I was paid a Euro each time I have heard people say that “they are on a diet and hate salad” then I would be a billionaire by now. It is about this obsession that it is horrible rabbit food and who would want to eat it anyway.
It actually reminds me of a conversation between my husband and my dad from the first time they were out socialising together. My mum and dad were having a party at home and Dominic and I went. We had being living together for about 3 months and I know Dominic was the nervous and shy one in the corner.
All he had ever drank was cider or vodka and nothing else. Yet there he was at a party with nothing but wine and champagne. My mum and dad spent the night constantly topping up his glass and he drank a lot…..
I remember a bit later that he mentioned to my dad that he didn’t like wine and my dad replied with something like “you can’t say you don’t like wine until you have tried them all”. Well how could Dominic argue with that? Well eventually he developed a like for sweet white wine so maybe my dad had not been that wrong after all.
This conversation brings me back to the salad theory. The exact same thing can be said. You can’t say you don’t like salad until you have tried a lot of them. In reality what most of us are really saying is that we hate boring salads that are something that we are forced to eat when we are on a diet.
I am one of many that if a normal everyday plain salad was put in front of me that would run a mile in a different direction.
However give me a delicious slow cooked flavoured chicken with fresh avocados, fresh tomatoes and some lettuce leaves that have been covered in a homemade dressing and I am there. Not only am I there but my boys (who hate diet food) are there in a flash beside me telling me that I make the best ever slow cooked chicken that they have ever had!
So if you have a husband that says they are not eating salad or if you are on a diet and are sick of a plate of cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce then this is your future.
You could also alter this for whatever food you have available such as a tuna salad, cobb salad, prawn salad and best of all leftover pulled pork salad.
This Paleo chicken salad may not be Whole 30 approved (due to my love for honey) but for Paleo followers it is a great alternative to the sandwiches you used to have for lunch.
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- Slow Cooker
- 1 Small Avocado
- 100 g Cherry Tomatoes
- 25 g Mixed Lettuce
- Salad Dressing:
- 1 Tsp Honey
- 1 Tsp Mustard
- 1 Tsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp White Wine Vinaigrette
- Salt & Pepper
- Slow Cooked Chicken:
- 2 Chicken Breasts
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tsp Garlic Puree
- 1 Tsp Coconut Oil
- 1 Tsp Mustard
- 1 Tsp Chives
- Salt & Pepper
In a mixing bowl add your honey, garlic, coconut oil and seasoning. Mix well so that it forms a sticky marinade. On a chopping board salt and pepper the chicken then add this too.
Place the chicken in its sauce onto a sheet of silver foil and seal well. Place in the slow cooker for 90 minutes on high. When the chicken is cooked put it to one side.
Mix together the ingredients of the salad dressing into the salad dish that you plan on eating out of. Place the lettuce on top, followed by sliced avocado.
Chop the cherry tomatoes in half and season with salt and pepper. Add them to the salad. Chop up your chicken into chunks and also add it to the salad.
It has taken me a while to find lettuce that I actually like. After trying out several we have agreed on a nice mixed leaves lettuce bag. It costs a little more than a basic lettuce but lasts us a week and we actually enjoy it!
The beauty of slow cooking the chicken in silver foil is that it keeps its flavour and also stops going dry. If you have more time we recommend cooking it on the slow setting for 4 hours instead.