With holiday season nearly upon us, thoughts turn to healthy salads and relaxing days in the sun. The time was when salads were decidedly dull, but these days the ingredients are as exotic and exciting as the destinations we travel to.

  • 25 mins
  • 4
  • Easy


  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on and deboned
  • 2 x 85g bags watercress
  • 1 lemon, cut into quarters
  • 100g mixed wild mushrooms
  • 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 150g stale white bread, cut into squares for croutons
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 25g raisins
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C.  Place the chicken in a large baking tray and drizzle with olive oil.  Add in the lemon quarters and garlic cloves and season well with salt and pepper.  Put the tray into the pre-heated oven and cook for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from the oven, then remove the garlic cloves before adding in the bread, pine nuts and wild mushrooms.  Stir everything together, ensuring that the bread is well coated in the roasting juices, then return to the oven for 10 more minutes.
  3. Meanwhile mix the honey with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, then stir in the raisins and a pinch of salt.  Remove the tray of chicken from the oven and leave to rest for a few minutes before slicing the chicken thighs into large chunks.  Split the watercress between four bowls and toss through the mushrooms, croutons, lemon, pine nut and raisin mixture before topping with the sliced chicken.  Serve and enjoy!

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