Chicken Salad

Difficulty - Easy
Prep time - 15 minutes
Cook time - 1.5 hours

Chicken Salad

Tender, juicy chicken slow roasted in butter, served with strawberries and crispy cos lettuce. A vibrant red Strawberry paprika vinaigrette takes this salad from every day to gourmet in no time.

Tips with Butter

Try clarified butter for cooking, for a higher smoke point. Put a butter block in a glad bag and leave in a pot of hot water until melted. Chill in the fridge until solid, and then wash off the white milk solids.


50 g Westgold butter, softened
1.5kg whole chicken
2 handfuls fresh herb sprigs
Salt and pepper

2 baby cos or 1 large iceberg lettuce
1 red witloof
1 green witloof
1 avocado
1 punnet strawberries

1 punnet strawberries
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2-3 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon mild mustard
¼ cup oil (canola or olive)
Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 200 deg c. Dry chicken with paper towels and spread the outside of chicken with 2/3 of the butter and put the rest of the butter inside the chicken cavity. Lay the herb sprigs over and inside the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Put the chicken inside an oven bag and tie with string. Place in a roasting dish and roast until skin is lightly browned. Reduce the heat to 160 deg c and cook for 1 ½ hours. Remove from oven and leave to cool in the bag.

Hull (remove the green leafy top) the strawberries and put in blender. Add the paprika, lemon juice, honey and mustard and puree until smooth. Slowly add the oil. Season and set aside.

To assemble the salad:
Wash the lettuce, drain and cut into wedges and arrange on large platter. Rinse the witlof and remove any damaged leaves. Break off the individual leaves and add to the lettuce. Remove the chicken from the oven bag, discard the herbs. Pull or cut the chicken off the bone and either slice or tear up and arrange on the salad leaves. Peel and cut the avocado into chunks and quarter the strawberries. Sprinkle over the chicken and salad leaves. Just before serving, spoon over some of the vinaigrette and pour the rest of the vinaigrette into a serving bowl. Serve immediately.

Slow Roasted Butter Chicken Salad with Smoked Paprika Strawberry Vinaigrette

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