How to make it

  • To keep my life simple and remain on the good side of the dish washer (usually our son, since the House Rule is: the cook does not do dishes...and we have no dish washing machine) I line all pans with foil for easy clean up! If you are cooking for more than 2 people you'll probably need at least 3 cookie sheets.
  • Start by rinsing off each piece of chicken, pat dry and wrap each chicken breast with a strip of bacon. You can either roast it in the oven at 350 till it's done, about 40 minutes or so or you could even grill them over a wood fire if you are set up to do this. (This adds a great smoky flavor) But, remember a boneless/skinless breast will dry out easily, so you have to keep an eye on it the whole time if cooking over wood. Oven roasting lets you play with the cutting of the vegetables while the chicken roasts!
  • Wash up and pat dry, then cut up all vegetables that need to be cut up.
  • Pour some olive oil on your foil lined cookie sheets. Add some of your sliced up vegetables. Do NOT crowd them too tightly..a bit of room is good for even roasting. Use your hands to smear them in the olive oil, adding a bit more if you need to so that they are lightly coated and spread out. Sprinkle with some Kosher Salt and fresh cracked Black Pepper. The different trays of vegetables go in as you pull out the chicken.
  • I like to keep the chicken wrapped in foil to keep it warm and even slip it back into the oven the last few moments that the croûtons are baking if I want it warm.
  • Roast the Vegetables at 350 to 400 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes depending upon the heat in YOUR oven. While they are roasting, and it usually take me more trays than just one session since we no longer have two ovens...doing 2 trays at a time and rotating them the current way...I start working on the croûtons!
  • Using a bowl that will allow you some room to toss your Croutons, pour in some olive oil to lightly coat the bread that comes at the end. Fresh grated cheese (s) Italian herbs or herbs of choice, garlic granules OR fresh finely chopped garlic! MIX WELL. Add the bread and use your hands to toss it all together until the bread is nicely coated. Turn this out onto yet another foil lined cookie sheet. Roast/toast it at 350 to 400 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes..WATCHING IT with care as you want the pieces to be slightly soft, with crunch..not tooth breaking hard! Slightly starting to turn a golden brown is about right.
  • Mince up your roasted garlic cloves to throw in too!
  • Rip up your lettuces...Romaine, Red leaf, Green leaf, anything BUT iceberg...don't insult your mouth or nutritional needs with that stuff. You can throw in some baby spinach too to "beef up" the nutritional value.
  • Cut up the Roasted chicken breasts on the bias, thinly, break up the bacon or cut it; and start adding everything to your huge salad bowl...greens, meat, roasted veggies...Toss...(add sliced and broken boiled eggs if you want them too); and lastly the homemade croûtons...some thin shaved cheese Parmesan or Romano are good (the cooking adds a slightly different flavor quality to the cooked cheese on the croûtons).
  • Although we have a fairly diverse number of different dressings for salad, I generally stick to a good Balsamic type, but use what pleases you most, that's what it's all about after all!
  • I've probably made this at least 8 times or more since I first created it in 2005. Smaller amounts for just the three of us, insane amounts for parties or neighborhood gatherings of about 30 or more...WE eat it as DINNER with some crusty hot bread, but it serves as a robust salad for pot luck picnics very well. Do not be surprised if your friends start looking for more (extra) croû Cheese + Garlic...what can I friends and those I cater for on occasion love cheese and garlic! I say, if you like it, make it yours, play with the different veggies you love, add more or less or NO meat...I haven't tried it with Tofu yet, but I'll bet it could be done.

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    " It was excellent "
    dtour ate it and said...
    Why'd the chicken cross the road? To get to Redhawks to be part of a super recipe!
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  • cabincrazyone 10 years ago
    Roasting the veggies DOES sound like the way to go. Thanks.
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    " It was excellent "
    sunny ate it and said...
    This sounds very good.
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  • vindee 10 years ago
    YUM YUM YUM!!What more can I say!
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  • zena824 10 years ago
    This is awesome.....wonderful....A great post for sure..
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  • rosemaryblue 10 years ago
    I agree, it sounds awesome!
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  • kukla 10 years ago
    This sounds devine! Thank you, Redhawk!
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