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  • Writer's pictureSarah Gearino

Balsamic Blackened Chicken Salad

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Hey all! Hope you are all as ready for the wknd as I am! I have been making my own salad dressing for years and my “go-to” meal is a grilled chicken salad. I pretty much eat a salad every day for lunch and I do not get sick of it because my salad and dressing recipe is just that good!!!lol My parents, sister, nephews, grandmother, clients, friends, and co-workers all love my salad dressing so much that I supply them monthly with  dressing!  I have perfected my chicken salad recipe as well, so I just have to share it with you all:)

  • Remove your chicken breasts from the fridge. Cut the fat from all edges of the chicken.

  • Place  each chicken breast in a ziploc baggie and pound down to a thin (1/2 inch) piece of chicken.

  • Spray both sides of the chicken with spray butter and sprinkle both sides with a combo of ground black pepper and chilli powder. I typically use twice as much chilli powder as  black pepper.

  • Add olive oil and spray butter to a pan and then place the chicken breasts into the pan.

  • Cook on medium heat for about 7 minutes on one side, and then flip to cook for about 7 minutes on the other side. I will then continue flipping and pressing the chicken down in order to thoroughly brown and fully cook each piece. If the pan gets dry, I will add a little more oil or spray butter under each breast. I am weird about undercooked chicken, so I really brown them:)

  • Place the chicken on a cutting board. Use a large sharp knife to cut the chicken in thin strips.

  • As the chicken is cooking, prepare the salad. I use lettuce, carrots, red/orange/yellow bell pepper, cucumber, celery, pistachios, and a sprinkle of freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. I use either romaine or red/green leaf lettuce. The type of lettuce you use does not matter…as long as it has a crunch!

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