Warm lemon & thyme chicken salad

A delicious, superhealthy and zesty light chicken salad recipe with sunshine flavours

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:10 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 245
  • fat 11g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 2g
  • sugars 2g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 34g
  • salt 0.72g


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp dried or a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 150g bag of mixed salad leaves or 2 heads of Little Gem, pulled apart
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • squeeze of garlic paste or 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • handful pitted black olives, halved


Make it no-cook
Pull 4 cooked chicken breasts (or one whole rotisserie chicken) into bite-size pieces and mix with the olives, salad leaves and onions. Whisk together the lemon zest and juice, thyme, oil and garlic paste. Season and drizzle over.


  1. Put the chicken pieces into a bowl, add the lemon zest, thyme, plenty of black pepper and salt to taste, then mix well with your hands. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan then fry the chicken for 8-10 mins, until golden and cooked through. Meanwhile, spread the leaves and onion over a large platter or in a big salad bowl.

  2. Add the garlic paste and olives to the pan, then fry for 1 min more. Spoon the chicken and olives onto the leaves. Take the pan off the heat then add the rest of the oil and lemon juice. Stir together well, scraping off any bits from the bottom of the pan. Check the seasoning, then pour over the chicken and salad. Serve with crusty bread.

Suggested recipes from this collection...