I made up this salad because our garden is simply overflowing with zucchini! We ate it as a main dish for dinner tonight with Italian seasoning-covered rolls on the side, but it could easily be eaten as a side dish.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt and black pepper.

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  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook chicken breasts in the hot oil until they are no longer pink in the center and juices run clear, 5 to 10 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a breast should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Cut chicken into 1/2-inch cubes and transfer to a large bowl.

  • Heat remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat; cook and stir zucchini in the hot oil until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Transfer zucchini to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

  • Mix zucchini, garbanzo beans, olives, artichoke hearts, and Parmesan cheese with chicken; toss to combine. Chill in refrigerator before serving, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

The zucchini could also be basted with olive oil and then barbecued or broiled in oven. Also the cooking time for the zucchini is entirely up to the cook. Do you like your zucchini extremely crisp or cooked all the way through? Feel free to change the quantities of ingredients to suite your taste!

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

312 calories; 20 g total fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 759 mg sodium. 19.5 g carbohydrates; 15.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2014
Unfortunately I think the name of this recipe is a little misleading and doesn't do the dish justice. Chicken isn't even mentioned and is a glaring omission. Still as this recipe's first reviewer I couldn't be more pleased to say how much I enjoyed this. It has so many good things going on - chicken artichokes black olives zucchini. It would take a lot to make this dish go wrong! Given there is chicken in this "salad " I made a main dish of it. I also chose to serve it hot rather than chilled. I sauteed the chicken and zucchini separately adding fresh minced garlic salt and pepper. I combined that with the remaining ingredients along with some fresh chopped parsley and grape tomatoes. Score! It really was a flavorful medley of well-chosen compatible ingredients! Not sure I'd like this as much chilled but that of course could just be a subjective preference. I also think this would have been over the top tossed with a good pasta. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/06/2015
I made this recipe without the chicken. When I had it for lunch I thought it was not good at all as a cold salad. I believe it would be much better warmed. The other reviews mentioned eating it warm instead I will plan to do that when I eat more of it. I believe that way it will be a good vegetable side dish because these are all good ingredients together. Read More
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28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2014
Unfortunately I think the name of this recipe is a little misleading and doesn't do the dish justice. Chicken isn't even mentioned and is a glaring omission. Still as this recipe's first reviewer I couldn't be more pleased to say how much I enjoyed this. It has so many good things going on - chicken artichokes black olives zucchini. It would take a lot to make this dish go wrong! Given there is chicken in this "salad " I made a main dish of it. I also chose to serve it hot rather than chilled. I sauteed the chicken and zucchini separately adding fresh minced garlic salt and pepper. I combined that with the remaining ingredients along with some fresh chopped parsley and grape tomatoes. Score! It really was a flavorful medley of well-chosen compatible ingredients! Not sure I'd like this as much chilled but that of course could just be a subjective preference. I also think this would have been over the top tossed with a good pasta. Read More
(59)
Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2014
Unfortunately I think the name of this recipe is a little misleading and doesn't do the dish justice. Chicken isn't even mentioned and is a glaring omission. Still as this recipe's first reviewer I couldn't be more pleased to say how much I enjoyed this. It has so many good things going on - chicken artichokes black olives zucchini. It would take a lot to make this dish go wrong! Given there is chicken in this "salad " I made a main dish of it. I also chose to serve it hot rather than chilled. I sauteed the chicken and zucchini separately adding fresh minced garlic salt and pepper. I combined that with the remaining ingredients along with some fresh chopped parsley and grape tomatoes. Score! It really was a flavorful medley of well-chosen compatible ingredients! Not sure I'd like this as much chilled but that of course could just be a subjective preference. I also think this would have been over the top tossed with a good pasta. Read More
(59)
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2014
This "salad" was amazing. I agree that it's more of a main dish and I also added garlic (just a given in my household). I also left out the beans cause the kids don't care for them. I tried it by itself and highly recommend trying this. Afterwards we served the leftovers wrapped in a warmed pita with some creamy dressing. Very good as a wrap too. Will make this again and again:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2015
Really good. I used less of the veggie/salad ingredients because I wanted to make sure it was hearty enough for a main dish for two and even with two chicken breasts we easily had enough for four servings. I also served it warm because it seemed strange to have cold zucchini in a dish. But the next day I took leftovers for lunch and ate it cold and it was even better! Either way this recipe will become part of our regular rotation. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2016
As is this summer salad is pretty good. Following the recipe to a T will result in a refreshing summer dish. I tasted it as prepared and then I made some changes that made it out of this world for me and my family. I cut the zucchini into smaller cubes so that everything would be about the same size. I also seasoned the chicken breast with garlic powder and Mrs. Dash Italian Blend in addition to the salt and pepper. (It is my favorite!) Instead of grape or cherry tomatoes I used sun dried. This felt very Mediterranean so I added some roasted red bell pepper strips. Both of these were the perfect addition. Fresh Parmesan and a dash of bold olive oil did the trick. I have munched on this for two days with nothing additional and zero guilt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2015
Mmm Good and creative recipe thanks for sharing it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2015
I've made this a few times...if you'd like some carbs I have done it with brown rice and with whole wheat bow tie pasta and also with quinoa. When I use quinoa I also add diced avocado because it makes for an incredible texture combination. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/21/2018
This was pretty good. I actually think it would be better served hot....maybe with fresh crumbled bacon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2015
Very nice and easy dinner salad. Had pepperoncini peppers screaming at me in my fridge so chopped up a few of those and wish I had some grape tomatoes to add as well. As I am a garlic fiend added 3 minced cloves to the zucchini and added more olives. A simple green salad on the side and dinner is ON!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/06/2015
I made this recipe without the chicken. When I had it for lunch I thought it was not good at all as a cold salad. I believe it would be much better warmed. The other reviews mentioned eating it warm instead I will plan to do that when I eat more of it. I believe that way it will be a good vegetable side dish because these are all good ingredients together. Read More
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