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Recipe Category: Salads

Smoked Chicken, Broccolini and Orzo Salad

A very moreish bowl of pasta, chicken and greens.

Serves: 6
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • 1 cup orzo or risone pasta (250g)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • extra virgin olive oil, as needed
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch broccolini, chopped
  • 1 smoked chicken breast, chopped (350g)
  • 60g baby rocket leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped preserved lemon*
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, optional

Boil orzo in a pot of salted boiling water for 10 minutes until al dente and drain. Reserve some coriander leaves for garnish and finely chop the rest, stems included. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pot and sauté spring onions, broccolini and chopped coriander until just tender. Toss in orzo, 1/3 cup olive oil and remaining ingredients, reserving some almonds and/or sesame seeds for garnish. Season to taste. Serve on a platter sprinkled with coriander leaves, reserved almonds and sesame seeds.


Chopped BBQ or chargrilled chicken may be substituted for the smoked chicken.

*The grated rind of 1 large lemon can be substituted for preserved lemon.


Omit smoked chicken and add 200g crumbled feta, mixing half through the salad and the rest on top.

Author: Naomi Crisante
Date Created: 12/01/2020