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Raspberries & Pecan Chicken Dinner Salad

Salad Recipes from AlansKitchen.com Makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 40 min.

Ingredients:

  • 1 - bag (10-ounces) frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 - cup oil and vinegar dressing
  • 1/4 - cup chopped pecans
  • 1 - Tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 - Tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 2 - Tablespoons maple-flavored syrup or real maple syrup
  • 4 - cinnamon crunchy granola bars (2 pouches from 8.9-oz box), finely crushed (3/4 cup)*
  • 1 - egg
  • 1 - pound uncooked chicken breast tenders (not breaded)
  • 1/2 - teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 - teaspoon pepper
  • 3 - Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 - bag (10 ounces) or 2 bags (5 ounces each) mixed baby salad greens
  • 1/2 - cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 - slices (3/4 to 1 ounces each) Swiss cheese, cut into thin julienne strips
  • 1/4 - cup pecan halves, toasted ** or glazed

Directions:

  1. Spread frozen raspberries on paper towel and let stand to thaw while making dressing and salad.
  2. In a small bowl, mix dressing, chopped pecans, brown sugar, mayonnaise and syrup with wire whisk until well blended.
  3. Refrigerate until serving time.
  4. Place finely crushed granola bars on paper plate or in pie plate.
  5. In shallow bowl or another pie plate, beat egg with fork.
  6. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.
  7. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  8. Add chicken to beaten egg and stir to coat.
  9. Dip each chicken strip lightly into crushed granola bars and add to skillet.
  10. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink in center and browned on all sides.
  11. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
  12. In large serving bowl, mix salad greens, onion, cheese and thawed raspberries.
  13. Toss, adding only enough dressing to evenly coat ingredients.
  14. Arrange greens mixture on individual plates.
  15. Place chicken evenly over greens.
  16. Arrange pecan halves on top.
  17. Drizzle with remaining dressing.

Alan's Kitchen Tip:

  • *To crush granola bars, unwrap and place in small resealable food-storage plastic bag; use rolling pin to finely crush bars.
    **To toast pecans, bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350F oven about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

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