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Green Goddess Chicken Salad in a bowl with a fork

Green Goddess Chicken Salad

This green goddess chicken salad is not just your average chicken salad! Poached, tender chicken breast, with sweet corn and chickpeas, topped off with a delicious green goddess dressing made with avocado, arugula and almonds - a protein-rich delicious chicken salad that is healthy and delicious too!
Course Salad
Keyword chicken salad, green goddess chicken salad, green goddess salad, Instant pot chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 408kcal
Author Shinta


For Poaching the Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts (I used 8 ounce chicken breasts)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water

For the Green Goddess Dressing

  • 2 avocado (use the flesh of 2 avocados)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup arugula or approximately a handful of arugula leaves
  • 1/3 cup almonds

Additional Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sweet corn canned corn, drained
  • 1/3 cup chickpeas canned chickepeas, drained


Poaching the chicken in the Instant Pot:

  • Start by poaching the chicken - add the chicken breasts to the Instant Pot, along with 1 cup of water, the garlic, thyme, bay leaves and salt.
  • 'Pressure Cook' the chicken for 6 minutes on 'High', and let the pressure release naturally.

Poaching the chicken on the stovetop

  • To poach chicken on the stovetop, add the chicken breasts to a pot along with 1 cup of water. Add the garlic, thyme, bay leaves and salt and let the water come to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, untill the chicken is tender. Let the chicken rest in the poaching liquid for another 15-20 minutes.

To Make the Green Goddess Dressing:

  • Add all the ingredients for the green goddess dressing into the food processor or blender and process untill smooth

To assemble the salad

  • Slice the chicken breasts and add to a bowl with chickpeas and corn. Top up with green goddess dressing and serve.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 1101mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 333IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg