Summer Chicken Salad


Inspiration changes everything. Cooking is all about being and getting to the point where you can look at ingredients and see them as paint on a board with endless opportunities of flavor profiles. I get a lot of emails from people who say that they love to eat but are terrible at cooking and ask for quick easy recipes. To be honest, if you can follow a recipe you probably wont be as bad in cooking as you might imagine, just like assembling Ikea furniture (thank you Sweden) if you follow the rigidity of the instructions you’ll end up with a fully furnished home in no time. Inspiration is different though, this requires you to look at ingredients differently, to understand their texture and flavors and picture what you want to do with them. Before i cook a dish, i always know what its going to taste like in my mind, i make sure to project it, smell it and feel it already even before starting. So imagine the possibilities? I started thinking about all of this when i recieved the following email from April Jan Stephanie:

Howdy, Erwan!I just want to let you know that I’ve been following your blog since day 1–the first ever time you tweeted about putting it up. Was it 2009 nearing 2010? And the very first video I watched was the one with Solenn. Heehee. Anyways, I like you to know that I love what you’re doing in this blog. Keep it up! Although the kitchen doesn’t love me, I’d still want to try some of the “easier” recipes here in the future. I don’t have the guts yet to do them. LOL. Btw, I also like to say that I love all the music you’re using in your videos. And I commend you, too, because some of them are Filipino indie bands which I honestly doesn’t know such exist. And I gotta say I fell in love the moment I heard their songs on mediafire. So, thank you for that. I’m such a sucker for indie music but all I know are foreign. Now it’s time to know more within our local artists.

It’s already 230am and I’m still reading this blog which that makes my tummy growl so I think I should sleep already.

Bonjour, Erwan!
Merci for replying!:D And, thanks for the encouragement as well. Btw, may I suggest for your new post? Can you make a new Filipino dish that uses “gata”? My family’s from Bicol and as Bicolanos, we eat almost everything with gata but I’m getting sick of the same old dishes. Any new ideas? ;)

All the best!

April Jan Stephanie

What are ingredients? they are just the starting point, so just because you are used to using them in a certain way, doesnt mean you cant try new things. We are so lucky that with the internet (my love of Google), we have access to information 24/7 (unless your cable company is as bad as mine – yes Sky Cable, im talking to you), before this would of been a luxury and was mostly passed down by word of mouth or a trip to the library (i wonder how many kids nowadays below the age of 18 actually pull out books in the library?). So if you find yourself in a slump where you feel like you’ve exhausted all varieties pick up a recipe book, type the ingredients in google or email me and you will see how much you’ve been missing out!

So find your inspiration, April here is cooking for her family and that’s one of the noblest and motivational causes.

Here i take the most basic ingredients, that EVERYONE can find easily: tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, chicken, herbs, … and make something accessible, quick, healthy and so tasty.

Summer Chicken Salad

1. Cook a whole chicken breast season with salt and pepper, thyme, rub it all in and bash it together. Fry in a small pan (same size as the meat) and place another pan on top and weigh it down with cans of your arm strength. Cook 3 mins each side or until cooked through.

2. Cut your 6 cherry tomatoes, 2 small cucumbers, 1/2 red onion,2 small radishes as seen on the video

3. Make your dressing. In a jar shake out 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons to balsamic vinegar, s&p and juice of half a lemon.

4. Take a romaine lettuce heart and char with a torch or on a grill.

5. Assemble and Enjoy!

Do it.




    1. Angel February 10, 2012 at 5:07 am

      Looks good! I can already imagine what it taste like. Will definitely try this!

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 2:01 am


    1. Lhorenz Ramos February 10, 2012 at 5:18 am

      hello fat kid inside, i like your summer chicken salad. :)) i will do it on week ends, but i have a problem, instead of balsamic vinegar what can you recommend a substitute to it?.:)) thank you! :))

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 1:59 am

        any vinegar will do.

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 2:00 am

        whats the problem?

    1. Gil Adia February 10, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Wanna try this’s easy and quick to do!!! :D

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 1:59 am


    1. Lesh February 10, 2012 at 7:16 am

      The cake is so mouthwatering and ofcourse the chicken with fresh vegetables. :). Show us your baking skill Erwan :)

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 1:59 am

        for valentines

    1. Leneth February 10, 2012 at 7:23 am

      You’re cooking skill is to die for :P Greeaaatt job!

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 1:59 am

        i really don’t want anyone to die

    1. krischelle caramat February 10, 2012 at 10:59 am

      i just shared it on my face book ..actually all ur posts, i posted it also on my face book so others can checked it way to teach them how to cook..:D hope you can post ur version of paella:))

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 1:58 am

        thank you! I’m not a big rice eater :(

        1. krischelle July 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

          its ok.. thnx for all the reply..
          wait for me in 3 years i promise to be like you..
          you’re my inspiration kuya ^.^

          1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:20 am


    1. justine February 11, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Waah have you changed the format of your videos? I cant view it anymore.;( im usig zte tablet light.;(

      1. Erwan February 11, 2012 at 1:57 am

        really? let me know if it keeps on happening.

    1. tet February 11, 2012 at 7:24 am

      seems like a pretty easy dish, will try this one! thanks erwan! btw, may i know the camera you’re using shooting this video? thanks :)

      1. Erwan February 13, 2012 at 2:36 am

        its a GF1

    1. Jox February 12, 2012 at 4:26 am

      Hi. This looks really good and it’s definitely healthy. Your trick on tossing the excess oil out is new for me (will definitely adopt it) but I’m just wondering if using oil sprays is just as good. Thanks!

      1. Erwan February 13, 2012 at 2:36 am

        oil sprays are fine, just read the labels carefully

    1. John February 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      hey! a quick question, what do you substitute for rice? thanks!

      1. Erwan February 13, 2012 at 2:32 am

        you dont need rice, so why substitute it?

    1. josh February 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Bro, Can i use Red wine vinegar instead of Balsamic? Will make one tomorrow for my birthday dinner! Thanks

      1. Erwan February 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

        what did you end up usinG?

        1. josh February 17, 2012 at 2:46 am

          red wine vinegar bro! whats the difference of it from balsamic?

          1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:52 am

            hahah well the answer is in the question. one is made from wine, the other isnt!

    1. Paw February 17, 2012 at 4:19 am

      yuuuuuuuuumy! :)))

      1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:46 am


    1. Grace In Full Measure February 20, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Wow beautiful plating! Even the thyme looks like it was art directed!

    1. Hanna March 14, 2012 at 3:38 am

      This looks great. I asked mom if we can try this. Do you have any refreshments recipes this summer? A fruit shake or a mojito perhaps? Dang! I want a mojito! :)

    1. Hanna March 14, 2012 at 3:40 am

      This looks great. I asked mom if we can try this. Do you have any refreshments recipes this summer? A fruit shake or a mojito perhaps? Dang! I want a mojito! :) hahahaha

    1. Ria Ramos March 14, 2012 at 3:43 am

      Yes I did it. Thanks Erwan! Based on the picture I thought the thyme is too strong but it taste perfect more than I expected. Easy to prepare yet delicious and healthy! Can’t wait to prepare this more often in the summer.

    1. Rubina March 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Does it make a difference in flavor when we cook the chicken a la plancha? and do we have to use cast iron skillets? Stumbled on your site by accident. I have been thinking of doing a food blog myself and yours is a real nice inspiration. Keep it up! Live love and eat (and blog)! lol

      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:26 am

        well the cooking processes give the protein a different texture and taste so yes :)

    1. Zara March 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      You are absolutely fantastic Erwan and an inspiration to those wanna-be chef like me. I really don’t care about the cooking all I know is that I have a sweet taste buds to any kind of food but now I really wanted to learn how to cook not just for myself but also to others and your’s are just absolutely amazing craft so keep on inspiring us with your oh so yummy recipes. Just want to say thank you! And for the end note, I will try this one at my kitchen for a jumpstart. <3 :)

      1. Erwan April 18, 2012 at 2:26 am

        great, im glad to hear all of that. how did it go?

    1. yas May 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      got this page from my office mate. ill cook (and eat) this dish tom.morning. ill cook it for my girl too this weekend. :)

      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:11 am

        let me know how it goes!

    1. Hannah April 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      I Love this recipe, I already tried this .It is already part of my diet..awesome..hope to get more salad recipes ^_^




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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