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The Med Sea and Easy Chicken Salad

Easy Chicken Salad

Today, I´m posting one of my fave recipes above! But before that, let me give you a hint that if you´re planning to have your holiday in days or in weeks here in Southern Spain, you might consider the current weather situation. Eversince we came four weeks ago,  we really could not enjoy most of the days. 

It seems Spring is not coming along well here in Andalucia.  Most of the time, we have gusty winds, rainshowers and at time very foggy.  Though springflowers are all over our hills, it´s still cold with morning temps of 11°C/50°F. 

The Mediterranean Sea which is not far from us is very blue when there are no clouds ,  but you can´t stay on the sunroof because of the wind.. really strong wind!!!

Imagine, Vienna had 24°C yesterday and I´m jealous, we could have stayed 
there!  Hmmm, weather is very unfair to us, huh!  We should be having 25-28°C by now as is it  already April and besides, Spain is always warmer than Central Europe. 

Yesterday, we have zero visibility and today, the sun is shining but becasue of the gusty winds,  we couldn´t  stay outside as  it´s cold!!!

And when it´s cold in the morning, we need to heat-up the house a bit and this 
stove is a relief...

These are just a few of the springflowers that grow everywhere up our hills. I pick them and arrange them to decorate  my home for a few days. 

When we are down the coast, we always take a break and let Lily explore the nearby cactus field fronting the sea. She likes to make her own adventures there and so do we.. 

Now let´s get to the Recipe: 

This is one quick recipe and very easy to prepare, trust me!
There are various ways to make this salad and the only different thing about my recipe is that,  I  half boil and fry the cubed chicken breast in oil to make it golden brown in color,

I don´t do it the other way around where chicken is first fried then with a bit liquid and cook the meat for more minutes... Somehow, the meat tastes a bit better than when you just boil it and add to the rest of the ingredients.

Easy Chicken Salad

2 chicken breasts, skin removed, half boiled for about 5 minutes then cubed
2 tbsp. olive oil
5 medium size - boiled potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 cups cooked macaroni noodles 
1 cup Gouda or emmentaler cheese (optional), diced
1 apple cored, cubed
1 can pineapple chunks (  drained)
1 medium onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cups cooked carrots, diced

100 ml SalsaFina  or you can use half Mayonnaise and half sour cream
ground black pepper
lettuce leaves for decorating the platter (optional)


1. In a hot pan with 2 tbsps olive oil, stir fry the chicken until pieces turn golden brown on all sides.  Remove chicken and transfer to a deep casserole, let the meat cool down. 

2. Add to the chicken all other ingredients and the SalsaFina, season with salt & pepper.

3.Arrange in a platter decorated with green lettuce leaves ( optional). Serve cold.
The key to this recipe is preparation. If you´ve done the the boiling of  potatoes and macaroni and prepared the ingredients beforehand, then you´re halfway done with this salad. No fuss! you´ll be able to serve it in a short period of time. And it´s yummy that you ca hardly stop eating!