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Chicken with Potato and Bacon

What a winner! A simple summer meal that can be made ahead of time and dressed just before serving.

Zoë Harpham

Ingredients
Serves: 4 

  • 500 g small waxy potatoes
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 chicken breast fillets, each about 175 g
  • 4 rashers bacon, rind removed, chopped
  • ⅔ cup semi-dried tomatoes
  • 5 cups mixed salad leaves, about 150 g
  • ½ cup creamy salad dressing
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, quartered

Directions
Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan of lightly salted water for about 20 minutes until just tender. Take care not to overcook or the skins will split. Drain well, allow to cool slightly, then cut the potatoes into quarters.
  2. Meanwhile, half-fill a large frying pan with water. Add the chicken fillets and poach for 10–15 minutes over a moderate heat until cooked through.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pan with tongs or a slotted spoon. Cover and allow to cool slightly. Once it is cool enough to handle, slice it into pieces on the diagonal.
  4. Cook the bacon in a dry frying pan over a moderate heat until crisp and brown. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Put the potato pieces, chicken, half the bacon and the semi-dried tomatoes and salad greens into a bowl. Gently toss to combine.
  6. Drizzle with the dressing and toss with the eggs and the remaining bacon, then serve warm or cold.

cook's tips

• Many supermarkets sell packets of mixed salad leaves but these are often more expensive than creating your own mixture, or buying loose mixed leaves from the grocer.
• You can serve this dish warm or cold. If you prefer it warm, toss the warm ingredients with the salad leaves just before serving so the leaves don't wilt.

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