Roasted Chicken Salad with Garlic Toasts

February/March 2005, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006)

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Rotisserie chickens have become all the rage in our local supermarkets—and why not? They can be the base of a quick, almost-homemade dinner in no time. Here, roasted chicken turns into an easy salad with some crusty garlic bread on the side.

Roasted Chicken Salad with Garlic Toasts

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 4 1/2-inch slices whole-wheat country bread, toasted
  • 1 2-pound roasted chicken, (hot or cold), skin discarded, sliced into large pieces (see Ingredient Note)


  1. Mince one garlic clove and whisk with vinegar, oil and olives in a medium bowl. Toss greens in the dressing to coat well.
  2. Rub each bread slice with the remaining garlic clove. (Discard garlic.) Divide the salad among 4 plates, place chicken on top and serve with the bread.

Tips & Notes

  • Ingredient Note: Store-bought rotisserie chicken is convenient and practical—but much higher in sodium than a home-roasted bird. Even the unseasoned varieties have been marinated or seasoned with salty flavorings. People with hypertension should think twice before choosing store-bought.
  • 4 ounces home-roasted chicken: 100 mg sodium
  • 4 ounces rotisserie chicken: 350-450 mg sodium


Per serving: 404 calories; 17 g fat (3 g sat, 11 g mono); 90 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 37 g protein; 2 g fiber; 440 mg sodium; 353 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (28% daily value), Vitamin A (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 4 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat

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