Peri-Peri chicken salad with charred corn

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This peri-peri chicken salad recipe is perfect for lunch or a healthy dinner and the spicy peri-peri marinade on the chicken will have you coming back for more.

Peri-Peri chicken salad with charred corn

When the temperatures start rising, I start thinking of recipes that require minimum effort and maximum reward. I mean, that’s pretty much always my motto but especially in Summer, I can’t be bothered to spend ages in the kitchen. Chicken recipes always win because chicken breasts cook in less than 10 minutes and they are the ultimate blank canvas in the kitchen. Chicken salad recipes are my number one go to during summer and this peri-peri chicken salad is no different.

Peri-Peri chicken salad with charred corn

What I love so much about this salad is that the chicken takes all of 5 minutes to cook (if your  pan is really hot) and the spicy, aromatic peri-peri marinade results in the tastiest grilled chicken ever. If you’ve ever had Nandos, you’ll know where I’m going with this. The chicken breasts stays super juicy and tender due to the short cooking time and along with a salad packed full of fresh, vibrant vegetables, makes for an unbelievably easy and delicious healthy lunch or dinner.

Peri-Peri chicken salad with charred cornI added charred corn because I could pretty much eat corn with everything and I think the sweetness it adds is really good with the spicy chicken. Creamy avocado mellows everything out and the olives, feta and tomatoes just finish things off nicely. This healthy peri-peri chicken salad recipe is perfection for a quick weeknight dinner, it’s great as a packed lunch and the recipe can easily be multiplied if you’re feeding a crowd. It’s great for low carb or gluten free diets too!

Peri-Peri chicken salad with charred corn

5 from 8 votes
Peri-Peri chicken salad with charred corn
Peri-Peri chicken salad with charred corn
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This peri-peri chicken salad recipe is perfect for lunch or a healthy dinner and the spicy peri-peri marinade on the chicken will have you coming back for more.

Course: Chicken, Gluten free, Low Carb, Salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 240 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
for the peri-peri chicken
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts sliced in half lengthwise, giving you 8 thin chicken breasts)
  • 2 tablespoons peri-peri sauce
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • salt & pepper to taste
for the salad
  • 2-4 ears of corn
  • salad leaves of your choice
  • ripe avocado sliced
  • olives
  • cherry tomatoes halved
  • feta cheese cubed
  • olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine the peri-peri sauce, olive oil, honey, lemon and seasoning and mix well. Pour over the chicken breasts and marinade for at least 10 minutes.
  2. While the chicken is marinating, char the corn, brush the corn with olive oil and place in a hot griddle pan, rotating every few minutes until the corn is charred all over. Remove and set aside.
  3. To cook the chicken, place the chicken on the hot griddle pan you used for the corn and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked to your preference.
  4. Remove from the pan and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  5. To assemble the salad, place the salad leaves, sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, <g class="gr_ gr_4198 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_disable_anim_appear Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="4198" data-gr-id="4198">olives</g> and feta cheese on a large platter. Slice the corn kernels off the cobs and add to the salad.
  6. Slice the grilled chicken and place on the salad then dress with olive oil, lemon juice and season to taste.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. *If you are planning to pack this for lunch, keep the dressing separate and dress just before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Peri-Peri chicken salad with charred corn
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 309mg 13%
Potassium 548mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Vitamin C 11.2%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply

    Peri Peri sauce is one of my favorites. So glad to see it enjoying some glory! Great recipe.

  • Gen
    Reply

    I make your peri-peri sauce weekly and always just dollop on food after it’s cooked but this is genius! I love the idea of it as a marinade.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      That’s so great to hear Gen. It is so perfect as a marinade if you like things spicy. 🙂

  • Megan
    Reply

    Love love love this recipe. Make it all the time. Your peri-peri sauce is my best!

  • Jolene
    Reply

    Made this salad for lunch today and loved it. The chicken was so tasty and I loved the spice.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      I’m so happy you tried it and loved it Jolene!

  • Cathy | whatshouldimakefor.com
    Reply

    i’m so jealous that your summer is just starting as ours winds down. this salad screams summer and yes to corn in everything!

  • rebecca | DisplacedHousewife
    Reply

    What a gorgeous salad Alida!!! And I loved seeing the kids in the pool…makes me already miss summer here!! xo

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks so much R. Yeah, they really love the pool and I know that’s where we’ll be spending all of our time over the next few months.

  • Tiaan
    Reply

    I LOVE peri-peri chicken so this is right up my alley. All these ingredients would be great in a wrap or pita too.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Me too. I could have it every day. And yes, this salad would be great in a wrap/pita!

  • Jenni
    Reply

    This salad looks so good. I’m definitely making it for lunch this week.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks Jenni! Let me know what you think of it once you’ve tried it!

  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    Reply

    I cannot wait to try that peri-peri sauce. It looks so flavorful and delicious. Hope you had a great weekend Alida!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      The peri-peri sauce is such a great condiment to have in the fridge. I really love spicy food so I eat it with everything!

  • Reply

    This is one gorgeous salad Alida! I love everything you’ve combined here. And that peri-peri sauce sounds amazing. Hope the temps cool down for you. Although the kids seem to be loving the pool! Stay cool and have a wonderful week!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks so much Mary Ann. The kids are absolutely loving the pool so at least there’s one good thing about Summer. 😉

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