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Chicken, Tomato, and Broccoli Salad Recipe

Fast & Easy Dinner: Chicken, Tomato and Broccoli Salad

Three simple ingredients — chicken, tomatoes, and broccoli — come together effortlessly in this uncomplicated, yet flavorful dish. Consider this recipe a loose guide: if you prefer to grill the chicken breasts instead of poaching them, do so. Likewise, for a rich smokiness, char the tomatoes and broccoli on the grill. Need a more substantial main? Toss the listed components with toasted bread cubes, cooked rice, or your favorite cheese. Get the adaptable recipe now.

Chicken, Tomato & Broccoli Salad

From Eating Well

Chicken, Tomato, and Broccoli Salad Recipe 2010-07-06 15:26:28


  1. 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed, or 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (skip Step 1)
    4 cups broccoli florets
    1 1/2 pounds medium tomatoes
    2 teaspoons plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Place chicken in a skillet or saucepan and add enough water to cover; bring to a simmer over high heat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, shred with two forks into bite-size pieces.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add broccoli and cook until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water until cool.
  3. Meanwhile, core tomatoes and cut in half crosswise. Gently squeeze out seeds and discard. Set the tomatoes cut-side down on paper towels to drain for about 5 minutes.
  4. Place a large heavy skillet, such as cast-iron, over high heat until very hot. Brush the cut sides of the tomatoes with 1 teaspoon oil and place cut-side down in the pan. Cook until charred and beginning to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Brush the tops lightly with another 1 teaspoon oil, turn and cook until the skin is charred, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate to cool. Do not clean the pan.
  5. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons oil in the pan over medium heat. Stir in salt, pepper and chili powder and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Slowly pour in lemon juice (it may splatter), then remove the pan from the heat. Stir to scrape up any browned bits.
  6. Coarsely chop the tomatoes and combine them in a large bowl with the shredded chicken, broccoli and the pan dressing; toss to coat.

Serves 6.

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