Imagine the Zesty Orange and Roasted Chicken in a Salad

When I found this salad recipe at by Danielle Walker, I thought and then I knew it saved me from my kitchen dilemma:  First, whenever I have a roasted chicken, I don’t know what to do with the breast part so it always ended up in the bin.  Second, it saved me from Friday-laziness with a healthy yet filling brunch.

Some insider tips:

  • Eatopia at The Gate Mall serves one of the best roasted chicken in Doha
  • Learn how to segment an orange here.
  • I also tried roasting a whole chicken given Danielle Walker’s recipe below, then served the breast part in the salad.


Chicken Citrus Salad

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker –


For the Chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • salt and pepper

Aragula or Rocket

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

For the Salad:

  • 2 oranges, segmented
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 heirloom tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds, toasted on the stove over medium heat until browned
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 cups butter lettuce
  • salt and pepper



  1. Marinate the chicken for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  2. Grill each breast over medium heat until the thickest part reaches 170 degrees with a meat thermometer.
  3. Slice and set aside to cool for 5 minutes so the lettuce doesn’t wilt.
  4. Mix all of the dressing ingredients, except for the olive oil.
  5. In a constant, slow stream, begin to whisk in the oil until well incorporated.
  6. Assemble the salad ingredients, then add freshly sliced chicken.
  7. Slowly add the dressing over top, being careful not to overdress it (you may not use all that you made, just adjust to your tastes).
  8. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and ground pepper over the top then toss to mix.