peri peri chicken salad


Try this piri-piri chicken salad with homemade pesto to really wow your friends and family with a healthy, low-carb, flavoursome dish!


Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons of peri-peri seasoning
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Salad leaves mix of your choice
  • Cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 50g mozzarella balls
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)


  • Combine the peri-peri seasoning, olive oil, honey, lemon and salt and pepper and mix well. Pour over the chicken breasts and marinade for at least 10 minutes.
  • Place the chicken on the hot pan for 2-3 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked to your preference.
  • Remove from the pan and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • To assemble the salad, place the salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and mozzarella balls on a large platter.
  • Slice the grilled chicken and place on the salad then dress with pesto (alternatively you can use olive oil, lemon juice instead)
  • Serve immediately.

*If you are planning to pack this for lunch, keep the dressing separate and dress just before serving.


Ingredients for Homemade Pesto:

  • 3 handfuls of fresh basil
  • 1 handful of spinach (optional)
  • 1 handful of pine nuts (or walnuts)
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • Sea salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Squeeze of lemon juice


  • Combine ingredients in a food processor.
  • Slowly add olive oil as you pulse the food processor on & off. Add enough to keep it moist and spreadable (approx. 3 tablespoons)
  • Season with sea salt and lemon or even parmesan to taste.


Nutritional Information (makes 4 servings):

Values per serving (without pesto dressing)

  • Calories: 277
  • Protein: 39g
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Fat: 10g



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