Roast chicken and vegetable salad

Adam Liaw
Adam Liaw's roast chicken and vegetable salad.
Adam Liaw's roast chicken and vegetable salad. Photo: William Meppem. Food preparation: Breesa Swann. Styling: Hannah Meppem
Difficulty
Easy
Dietary
Wheat-free

There's nothing wrong with cooking variations on the dishes we know and love. This salad couldn't be easier. Roast a few ingredients together, then toss them with some leaves and a dressing. That's it.

Ingredients

6 chicken thighs, trimmed of visible fat

1 1/2 cups broccoli florets

1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets

1 small red capsicum, deseeded and cut into strips

1 small eggplant, cut into 1cm cubes

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

3 anchovies, very finely chopped*

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 small red onion, peeled and very thinly sliced

8 cups mixed baby salad leaves

black pepper, to serve

For light vinaigrette

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp lemon juice

a pinch of salt

Method

1. Heat your oven to 210ºC.

2. Combine the chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, capsicum, eggplant, cherry tomatoes and anchovies in a bowl, add the oil and stir to coat.

3. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a lined baking sheet large enough to fit everything in a single layer with a bit of space between the vegetables. You can use two baking sheets if you prefer. Season well with salt. Roast the chicken and vegetables for 20-25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are starting to char around the edges.

4. Whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette.

5. Thickly slice the chicken thighs and toss everything together - the chicken, roast vegetables, raw onion, salad leaves and vinaigrette - so that the salad leaves slightly wilt under the hot vegetables.

6. Grind over plenty of black pepper and serve.

* Even if you don't like anchovies, it's worth including them in this salad. They're finely chopped and will disappear during the roasting process, but will leave a rich flavour on the chicken and vegetables. If you must avoid them, add some porcini powder to the vegetable mix, or even gravy powder to increase the umami.