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Roasted Chicken Salad with Dried Cherries and Peanuts (recipe by “Oishii!” and inspired by chef Joncarl Lachman)

What could be a better lunch than a hand pulled chicken salad with dried cherries and peanuts on top of some warm ciabatta bread? Roasted chicken is so easy to make, and it is a great alternative to those expensive lunch meats sold in grocery stores. Furthermore, you can make chicken stock out of the leftover chicken parts. This would be great picnic fare!


  • 3 bone-in chicken beasts halves, about 3 lbs.
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano
  • 1 large stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts, lightly salted
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • ciabatta or other crusty bread
  • salad greens or lettuce leaves


Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a heavy rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Put chicken on sheet skin side up and drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle on it thyme or oregano, and kosher salt and ground pepper to taste. Roast chicken about 45 minutes until skin is crispy and internal temperature reaches 165-180°F. Take out of oven and let cool.

Remove chicken skin and hand pull chicken off breast bones. Mix one pound of chicken breast meat with celery, cherries, peanuts, and mayonnaise. Use remainder of chicken for other use. Add kosher salt and ground pepper to taste. Serve over a bed of salad greens or lettuce leaves on crusty bread.

Prep tip: Make salad up to a day in advance, but add peanuts right before serving, or they will get slimy.

Other lunch ideas: Also try my Danish Egg Salad and Open Faced Tuna Melts with Provolone.

What’s oishii? “Oishii” (pronounced “oy she”) is the Japanese word for delicious. I love sharing great recipes I discover from popular restaurants, cookbooks, food magazines (Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, etc.), tv shows, friends, family, and other blogs. I also develop my own. Please contact me if there is a recipe you would like the test kitchen to consider:

What are your favorite recipes that use dried cherries? If you enjoyed this post, we would love to hear from you in the comments section below. -Michael

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