Chicken, manchego and chicory salad

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Our plant-forward philosophy means the vegetables, fruits, pulses, whole grains nuts and seeds are the stars of the show, underpinning all of the menus.  Sustainably sourced meat, dairy and fish also feature on occasion.

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Serves 4.

1 small pinch saffron strands
3 tbsp aioli
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp caster sugar
1 small red onion, peeled, finely diced
2 sprigs rosemary, leaves roughly chopped
25g flat leaf parsley, leaves roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
2 sprig thyme, leaves roughly chopped
3 tsp rapeseed oil
1 small chicken
2 chicory, washed, halved (retain stalk)
½ lemon, juiced
4 slices sourdough
40g Manchego cheese, grated
1 large handful rocket, washed

Adults need around 2000Kcal/8400kJ a day
Typical values per portion: Energy 740kJ/177Kcal

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C.

  2. Add the saffron to 1 tbsp warm water and let it sit for 10 mins to infuse. Then strain the water from the saffron and whisk the liquor into the aioli. Set aside.

  3. Bring the vinegar to the boil in a small saucepan and add the sugar, stir and once dissolved, pour into a bowl. Add the onion and cover. Leave to sit for 1 hour.

  4. In a pestle and mortar or food processor, place the rosemary, parsley, garlic and thyme and 2 tsp of oil and bash/blend to a paste.

  5. Rub the chicken with the paste and roast in the oven for 80 mins.

  6. Once the chicken is cooked allow to rest for 30 mins. Then pull the meat off the bone. Roughly shred the meat with two forks.

  7. Toss the chicory in 1 tsp oil. Place the chicory in a frying pan on a medium to high heat and caramelise on all sides. Once, you have achieved good colour, squeeze the lemon juice on the chicory.

  8. Place an even spreading of Manchego on each slice of bread and place under a hot grill to melt the cheese.

  9. Add the pulled chicken to the aioli mix and gently combine.

  10. To construct the salad; lay once piece of chicory on the base of a bowl. Top with a quarter of the rocket and quarter of the pickled onions. Place a portion of chicken on top and finally top with the cheesy crouton.