Chicken and Strawberry Panzanella


Start with a rotisserie chicken and this hearty bread salad recipe can be on your dinner table in just 25 minutes. And don't be shy about using crusty bread: day-old is best for soaking up the dressing.

Chicken and Strawberry Panzanella
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
11 cups


  • 1 2-2.25 pound rotisserie chicken

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped (2 tablespoons)

  • 2 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • cup olive oil

  • 1 5 ounce package baby kale

  • 4 cup cubed or torn hearty artisan Italian bread*

  • 1 ½ cup sliced fresh strawberries

  • ¼ cup pinenuts, toasted


  1. Remove meat from chicken, discarding skin and bones. Cut meat into bite-size pieces. (You should have about 3 1/2 cups.) In a small bowl combine shallot, vinegar, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Whisk in olive oil in a steady stream until emulsified.

  2. Arrange chicken, bread, kale, strawberries, and pine nuts on a platter. Drizzle with dressing. Season to taste with additional salt and black pepper; toss.


Day-old bakery Italian bread works best for panzanella, an Italian bread salad. The drier the bread, the more it will soak up the dressing and juices from the strawberries. To quickly dry fresh bread, spread cubes on a baking sheet and bake in a 300°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring once.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

552 Calories
33g Fat
28g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 552
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 821mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 74.7mg 374%
Calcium 117mg 9%
Iron 3.3mg 18%
Potassium 703mg 15%
Folate, total 152.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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