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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Salad

What's the key to avoiding dry, flavorless breast meat? Marinade! Jazz up this chicken with the same honey-mustard vinaigrette that gives zip to Honey-Mustard Salmon with Green Beans.

  • prep: 5 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • servings: 4
Photography: Andrew Purcell


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (2 pounds total)
  • 1/2 cup reserved vinaigrette
  • 2 zucchini or summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch half-moons
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 ounces baby spinach (5 cups)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Cook's Note

Tender baby spinach is a great salad base, but arugula, watercress, or red-leaf lettuce would be just as tasty.


  1. Step 1

    In a zip-top plastic bag, combine chicken and vinaigrette. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 12 hours). Preheat oven to 475 degrees, with rack in upper third. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss zucchini, tomatoes, and potato with oil and season with salt and pepper. Add chicken to sheet, skin side up; season with salt and pepper. Bake 10 minutes. Heat broiler and broil until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are golden, about 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest while vegetables continue to broil, 5 minutes more. Toss vegetables with spinach and divide among plates. Remove bones and slice chicken. Serve chicken on top of salad, with lemon wedges.

Everyday Food, September 2012