Jul 232012

I got this idea for warm chicken salad from Katerina at Culinary Flavors. I don’t know if you remember, Katerina is a dear blogger friend that when we were in Greece she and her husband received us so graciously, hosting us to a wonderful dinner at the local Greek restaurant, and we learned so much about the culture and life in Greece. Anyway, when I saw this recipe on her blog I thought, yes…I can use this recipe for chicken and make it into a meal by layering Katerina’s Mediterranean Chicken Stir-Fry on a bed of greens. No need to mention (although I just did it), my husband was giving me compliments throughout the dinner…I had to acknowledge that the tasty chicken recipe came from Katerina, which was nice, because during dinner we could again share memories of our trips to Turkey and Greece…

Since the weather is getting warm here in Southern California and the days longer, I love this kind of meal, simple, quick, easy and tasty so we have time to walk at the beach after dinner before gets dark.

I adapted the recipe since I am cooking for 2 people, and please hop Katerina’s site Culinary Flavors for more details. So here is the simple recipe for this tasty chicken 🙂



2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless cut in small cubes
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 pinch of dried oregano
1 pinch of dried basil
1 pinch of thyme
1 pinch of rosemary
Parsley chopped to taste
Salt and pepper to your taste


Greens of your preference
Kalamata olives



Place all the ingredients together, mix the chicken with the herbs, and let it marinated for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

In a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat and stir-fry the chicken until cooked and golden brown. Set aside.


On a plate spread the greens, tomatoes and Kalamata olives, and top with the stir-fried chicken. Serve immediately.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. You might want to check Grilled Salmon and Shrimp with Cilantro and Lemon, these are great topped on a bed of greens.

Thank you for stopping by Simple Recipes and have a great week!

  62 Responses to “Warm Chicken Salad”

  1. That salad looks like it should be my dinner!

  2. Looks delicious, I love it on top of the greens!

  3. This salad looks awesome my friend 😀
    Great flavour!

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. I am always in the mood for chicken salad and I love your warm version. Lemon and chicken seem to be made for each other.

  5. The oregano and basil are very Greek flavours and sound delightful with the chicken. And maybe some feta cheese as well?

  6. I love warm salads….

  7. This does look like a wonderful salad.

  8. Juliana, I love this chicken salad! I make a tuna, white bean salad that I like warm. I am so going to make this soon! Yummy!

  9. Dear Juliana,

    I love warm chicken salads because the recipes can be so flexible with the marinade and so many different types of vegetables to choose from too!

  10. Definitely my kind of food..looks light and delish!

  11. Yes it’s been hot here in SoCal! But I don’t really like overly green salads…which is why this sounds wonderful: a best of both worlds!

  12. Quick, delicious and healthy meal!

  13. I love recipes that bring back special memories 🙂

  14. Warm salads are so scrumptious and this one looks marvelous!



  15. I am always looking for new salad recipes. I love this warm chicken salad. Simple and yet full of flavor. Going to try this out soon!

  16. I love warm salads with tasty chicken on top of crunchy greens. That’s what I’d eat every day in hot weather 🙂

  17. What a beautiful looking salad – it would be perfect for a warm summer’s day.

  18. What a beautiful salad! It looks like the perfect meal for a summer evening — filling but not heavy. Love it!

  19. Beautiful salad. Light and refreshing.

  20. This sounds like a great meal for summer. Love all the herbs in the salad!

  21. Great chicken salad idea, easy and summery.

  22. Beautiful! I love chicken salads, this one looks amazing!

  23. Great recipe! I adore chicken salad and this just looks so good. I always use food to recreate wonderful holiday memories.

  24. This salad looks to die for! I have only made plain romaine salads. I really need to kick them up a notch!

  25. Juliana this salad look absolutely delicious!!

  26. Lucky you meeting Katerina!!! And in Greece…what fun! Your salad looks amazing…perfect for a light summer dinner 🙂

  27. Simply delectable, Juliana. I love the addition of brown sugar. And the dash of rosemary just elevates it to my kinda chicken salad!

    Thank you so much for sharing your lovely trip memories and this gorgeous dish…I’m off to check out Culinary Flavors…

  28. Love the flurry of herbs in this dish. Makes plain ol’ chicken something special.

  29. I love that it’s warm and doesn’t have mayo–I hate cold chicken!

  30. What a delicious and no doubt aromatic blend of herbs! Sounds very comforting in any season. 🙂

  31. A warm chicken salad sounds delicious right now.

  32. This is already a satisfying main for me, also feeling somewhat closer to the Mediterranean : ).

  33. Hi Juliana, your chicken salad look very appetizing. yum yum… love the herbs combination, it sure taste good.

    Have a nice week ahead, regards.

  34. I am so glad you liked the chicken Juliana! We had a terrific time when you visited Greece and we always remember you and Stan. My husband always asks about you and I hope one day we will be able to come to California and meet again. You transformed the chicken into something really healthy and delicious! Salads during summer is the best choice! Have a great day!

  35. Yummy and healthy too. ♥♥♥

  36. Love Katerina and her blog. So lucky you got to go to Greece and meet her too over wonderful food.This is a great recipe for summer, a hearty salad for dinner during hot times. Have a great week,

  37. Nice! The flavors from the marinade for the chicken acts as a dressing for the salad. I love simple dishes like this. Good post – thanks.

  38. Of course I know Katerina! I’m her follower too! You are so lucky to meet her at Greece!

    This salad looks lovely! I wish that we are getting warmer weather too 😀

  39. Summer is the season I eat light and chicken salad , warm or cold, is often found on my table. I love the herbs you use to marinate the chicken so delicious! Thanks for sharing and have a good week!

  40. Wonderful recipe! My son is in Greece as I write this on his honeymoon. I’ll have to serve this recipe to him when he returns. 🙂

  41. I love Greek flavors in a salad, so good and healthy. I have 2 chicken breasts in my fridge for dinner tomorrow night, you’ve just given me a great idea for dinner, thanks;-)

  42. Love what you made with Katerina’s chicken stir-fry! This is truly a healthy and delicious way to enjoy it!

  43. All those herbs look wonderful in the chicken salad, Juliana. The brown sugar was a surprise. Katerina is a favorite of mine….she posts wonderful recipes!

  44. oh juliana, this is a great looking chicken salad! And the herbs make it even more delicious! i instantly picturing you and your husband walking along the beach when you said that..how lovely !!

  45. I do like the idea of a warm chicken salad, and perfect for this time of year. I also like the Greek inspired seasoning, so nice that food brings us such good memories. I will have to check out Katerina’s blog!

  46. Your salad looks so appealing and delicious! I would not mind having a plate of this as the main dish!
    Wish you a lovely weekend ahead!

  47. Beautiful chicken salad. I don’t mind that for lunch and dinner 😀

  48. I didn’t remember that you had met Katerina! What a lovely salad. We love grilled chicken salads and I know I would love this one too.

  49. Love your chicken recipe! So healthy and simple! Growing up in Asia I’m still not so used to cold salad even though I’ve been living here for a long time. haha.. So this warm salad is totally up my alley! 😀

  50. Simple things are most of the times the best, to cook and to eat. This salad is wonderful

  51. This looks fantastic. It would be great for a light summer dinner.

  52. Oh wow, I didn’t remember you met Katerina in Greece! How awesome! I love her blog too. This chicken salad looks wonderful, and great “main” dish for me as it has nice protein on top. I’m trying hard to lose some weight, so I’m really attracted to this kind of big salad nowadays.

  53. Looks wonderful….
    I love the addition of kalamata olives.. They go so well with protein…
    Have a gorgeous weekend!!

  54. lovely recipe and adore Greece and Greek food, 🙂 have a great weekend

  55. A lovely & appetizing chicken salad that is easy to prepare ! 🙂
    Yum Yum Yum!

  56. Your warm chicken salad is perfect for a summer evening.

  57. your chicken is seasoned so wonderfully, juliana, that a simple salad is the perfect place to feature it!

  58. Hi Juliana, Thanks for sharing this delectable recipe from your friend–I love the combination of fresh and dried herbs that season the chicken salad.

  59. It sounds like a fantastic summer meal. It’s so kind of Katerina and her husband to welcome you this way! I bet you have spent a wonderful time in Greece.

  60. An awesome memory to go with an awesome dish 🙂 That’s so cool. Looks delicious!

  61. Looks like such a lovely summer salad!

  62. So great that you were able to meet up with Katerina when you were in Greece! I follow her blog too.