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Crisp and Crunchy Chicken Salad


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If you prefer skinless, boneless thighs, that’s fine too. Change up the crunchy vegetables as you wish—any sturdy veggie that you enjoy eating raw will be equally good.

Ingredients

  • 4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 1½ pounds total)
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 3 small cucumbers (such as Persian or kirby)
  • 1 bunch small radishes (such as red, Easter Egg, or icicle), trimmed
  • 1 kohlrabi or ½ fennel bulb, 4-inch piece daikon, 1 watermelon radish, or 1 medium beet, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) red wine vinegar
  • Handful of salted pita chips, lightly crushed (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Heat a medium heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium.

  • Meanwhile, place chicken thighs, skin side down, on a work surface. Using a paring knife and working one at a time, cut a ½"-deep slash on both sides of thigh bone. This will help the thighs cook a little more quickly and evenly. If there is excess skin extending beyond thigh meat, trim and add to skillet to render. (If you don’t have any extra chicken fat, a drizzle of olive oil, 1 tsp. schmaltz, or 1 tsp. coconut oil can be used to grease pan.)

  • Season chicken on both sides with salt and sprinkle with mustard and fennel seeds, patting to adhere. Cook chicken, skin side down, in pan, without turning, until skin is very deeply browned and crisp and chicken is about 75% cooked through, 18–20 minutes. The goal during this stage is to allow the chicken skin to render most of its fat, which you can’t really rush. Some seeds will end up sizzling in the pan instead of staying stuck to the chicken, which is fine and flavors the oil. If it looks or smells like they’re burning, though, skim them out with spoon. Turn chicken and cook on second side until just cooked through, 3–4 minutes longer. Transfer to a platter and let rest 10 minutes.

  • While chicken is cooking and/or resting, cut scallions crosswise into ½" pieces; you can go most of the way up to the dark green tips. Cut cucumbers into 1" pieces. Slice radishes and kohlrabi thin enough to be flexible but still crunchy (use a mandoline if you have one, but they should not be paper thin, or else they’ll get floppy when dressed). Transfer vegetables to a salad bowl you’re planning to serve from and add vinegar and a pinch of salt; toss to combine.

  • Cut chicken into 2 long strips by cutting along both sides of the bone. (If your knife blade is dull, use a serrated knife, which will saw through the skin without separating it from the flesh.) Slice off whatever meat is attached to the topside and underside of bone. Cut chicken crosswise into 1½–2" pieces.

  • Gently toss warm chicken and pita chips into bowl with vegetables. Taste salad and season with more vinegar and/or salt, as needed.

Recipe by Carla Lalli MusicReviews SectionThis is a stunner of a recipe. Easily riffable, incredibly flavorful. Fennel seeds in chicken fat?! Come on! I can't believe there aren't 100 comments on this recipe. I've made it multiple times to lots applause. Lots going on with BA these days... but Carla is still our girl!This was good but I made some changes so I can't recommend the original recipe, and I'm giving it 4 stars because we liked it with those changes.We don't eat high amounts of fat (especially animal fat) at our house so i used boneless, skinless chicken breasts which I fried in about a tablespoon of olive oil. I also tossed another 2 teaspoons of olive oil into the salad and toasted whole pita breads till they were crisp enough to eat the salad on tostada-style.

Thomasina Miers’ recipe for chicken and asparagus salad with peanut dressing

Thomasina Miers’ crispy chicken thigh, asparagus and cucumber salad with peanut dressing. Photograph: Yuki Sugiura/The Guardian. Food styling: Marina Filipelli. Prop styling: Rachel Vere. Food assistant: Hattie Arnold.

Thomasina Miers’ crispy chicken thigh, asparagus and cucumber salad with peanut dressing. Photograph: Yuki Sugiura/The Guardian. Food styling: Marina Filipelli. Prop styling: Rachel Vere. Food assistant: Hattie Arnold.

Last modified on Tue 11 May 2021 11.52 BST

W hile crisped-in-a-pan leftover roast chicken is great in salads, and poached chicken is healthy and succulent, the method I use here is one of my go-tos for feeding a horde of hungry children. It also saves you from turning on the oven and produces the most deliciously browned results. Let me know how you get on.


Applebee&rsquos Oriental Chicken Salad

Applebee&rsquos Oriental chicken salad takes the flavors of Asia and turns it into a mind-blowing salad.

Made with colorful veggies, crunchy nuts and noodles, and a sweet and creamy dressing, it&rsquos like summer in a bowl!

The individual ingredients may be simple. But when you toss them all together with a bright dressing, it transforms into a hearty and amazing dish.

It&rsquos so good, even the kids will enjoy it. I&rsquoll bet they won&rsquot even realize it&rsquos good for them.

There are hundreds of copycat recipes out there, but out of the ones I tried, this one replicates the original the best.

It&rsquos very easy, too, and calls for basic ingredients. That means you can make this salad any day of the week!

To sum up, this salad is tasty, nutritious, and easy to make. It&rsquos definitely a keeper.


Crisp and Crunchy Chicken Salad - Recipes

4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 1½ pounds total)
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 bunch scallions
3 small cucumbers (such as Persian or kirby)
1 bunch small radishes (such as red, Easter Egg, or icicle), trimmed
1 kohlrabi or ½ fennel bulb, 4-inch piece daikon, 1 watermelon radish, or 1

medium beet, trimmed
3 tablespoons (or more) red wine vinegar
Handful of salted pita chips, lightly crushed (for serving)

Cooking instructions: Heat a medium heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium.

Meanwhile, place chicken thighs, skin side down, on a work surface. Using a paring knife and working one at a time, cut a ½”-deep slash on both sides of thigh bone. This will help the thighs cook a little more quickly and evenly. If there is excess skin extending beyond thigh meat, trim and add to skillet to render. (If you don’t have any extra chicken fat, a drizzle of olive oil, 1 tsp. schmaltz, or 1 tsp. coconut oil can be used to grease pan.)

Season chicken on both sides with salt and sprinkle with mustard and fennel seeds, patting to adhere. Cook chicken, skin side down, in pan, without turning, until skin is very deeply browned and crisp and chicken is about 75% cooked through, 18–20 minutes. The goal during this stage is to allow the chicken skin to render most of its fat, which you can’t really rush. Some seeds will end up sizzling in the pan instead of staying stuck to the chicken, which is fine and flavors the oil. If it looks or smells like they’re burning, though, skim them out with spoon. Turn chicken and cook on second side until just cooked through, 3–4 minutes longer. Transfer to a platter and let rest 10 minutes.

While chicken is cooking and/or resting, cut scallions crosswise into ½” pieces you can go most of the way up to the dark green tips. Cut cucumbers into 1″ pieces. Slice radishes and kohlrabi thin enough to be flexible but still crunchy (use a mandoline if you have one, but they should not be paper thin, or else they’ll get floppy when dressed). Transfer vegetables to a salad bowl you’re planning to serve from and add vinegar and a pinch of salt toss to combine.

Cut chicken into 2 long strips by cutting along both sides of the bone. (If your knife blade is dull, use a serrated knife, which will saw through the skin without separating it from the flesh.) Slice off whatever meat is attached to the topside and underside of bone. Cut chicken crosswise into 1½–2″ pieces.

Gently toss warm chicken and pita chips into bowl with vegetables. Taste salad and season with more vinegar and/or salt, as needed.


1. To make the sriracha mayo dressing, whisk the ingredients in a bowl to combine. Taste and adjust the sriracha according to your chilli tolerance.

2. Working one at a time, place a chicken breast on a cutting board so a short side is towards you. Holding a chef's knife parallel to the breast, slice horizontally along the centre of a long side to make a slit. Continue to slice until you are about 1cm from the other side. Open the breast up like a book and place between 2 sheets of baking paper or plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or a rolling pin, pound until the chicken is 2 centimetres thick. This even thickness will help prevent over- and under-cooking the chicken in spots. Repeat with the second chicken breast.

3. Combine the buttermilk and ¼ cup dressing in a large bowl. Add the butterflied chicken pieces and submerge for 20 minutes, 2 hours, or even overnight, if you have the forward planning gene.

4. Preheat the oven to 180C fan-forced (200C conventional).

5. Working one piece at a time, shake the chicken from the excess buttermilk marinade and then add to a large shallow bowl of the panko crumbs. Pat to cover both sides entirely in panko crumbs. Complete with remaining chicken.

6. Place a large ovenproof frypan over high heat. Add the oil and once hot and shimmering, add the chicken and cook until golden on one side, it should take 1-2 minutes. Flip the chicken then pop the pan into the oven. (This enables the chicken to cook through while reducing your risk of burning the crumbed exterior.) Leave in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove and place chicken on a cutting board. Allow to cool before slicing into 2cm thick slices.

7. Combine the salad ingredients in a bowl, add the crisp chicken pieces and gently toss together. Drizzle over the dressing and season generously with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

*Can we please bring back the iceberg? It got pushed to the side when rocket first came to town (remember alllll the rocket and toasted pine nut salads?) and then the love of kale that will not end (also guilty!). But really, it's a wondrous leaf – it can act as a vessel to carry food directly from plate to mouth like no other can, and there is little else on this planet you can eat that distinctly feels like you are eating water.

**This guy is heavy on the avocados, you can pare back or increase as you see fit. Its creaminess pairs like a dream with the chicken and the crispness of the iceberg.


I'm Todd Wilbur, Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

If you didn’t know this salad came from Chick-fil-A you could easily be fooled into thinking it was a much more expensive salad from a casual chain like T.G.I. Friday’s or Chili’s. The bed of greens is built with crisp romaine, green leaf, and red leaf lettuce, and without a speck of tasteless iceberg in sight. On top of that are ingredients you don’t associate with fast food, like grilled corn, black beans, roasted peppers, spicy chili lime pepitas, and crunchy tortilla chips. Everything works great together, and now I can show you how to make all of it for a spot-on home hack.

Chick-fil-A knows chicken, so of course the spicy chicken served on top of the salad is delicious. We can easily clone it by marinating chicken fillets in a special spicy brine for a few hours to infuse it with flavor and juiciness, then grilling it, chilling it, and slicing it thin.

The biggest star of the salad is the secret recipe that kitchen cloners have requested most: the creamy salsa dressing. To make your own version roast some peppers, mix those with the other ingredients in a blender until the dressing is smooth and creamy, and you’ll get a bright, spicy dressing that’s perfect for this salad, or any other home-crafted salads in your future.

Hungry for more Chick-Fil-A? Find my clones for their famous chicken sandwich, mac & cheese, and more here.

This salad was one of the first six selections offered when Chili's Guiltless Grill premiered on the chain's menu in 1993. You'll love the Southwestern flavors in this delicious and healthy salad clone. The marinated grilled chicken has a sweet, smoky taste, and the pico de gallo lends a nice zip to the dish. Top it all off with irresistible Southwest dressing and you'll have a meal-size salad that comes in at only 5 grams of fat.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–1 salad
Total servings–2
Calories per serving–558
Fat per serving–5g

Find more copycat recipes of your favorite dishes from Chili's here.

Mosey on over to the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday and you'll find this sweet, creamy apple salad somewhere down at the end. It's a simple recipe to clone with just nine ingredients, and it makes a great side for any casual cookout, picnic, reunion, or mandatory boring office party. Dried cranberries rehydrate to add notes of concentrated sweetness, and the celery and chopped pecans contribute extra crunch. You'll need two kinds of apples—one green and one red. Plan ahead on this one so that you can let the salad sit for several hours before you serve it. It tastes much better after a good fridge nap. This recipe yields enough for 6 servings, but it can easily be doubled or quadrupled to fill more mouths.

Find more tasty Ruby Tuesday clone recipes here.

Menu Description: "Breast of chicken basted with BBQ sauce & topped with Cheddar cheese, tomato, fresh avocado, and black beans. Served with Ranch dressing & garlic cheese bread."

In 1969, Gerald Kingen bought a beat-up 30-year old bar called Red Robin in Seattle across the road from the University of Washington. The pub did a booming business with the college and local crowd, but in 1973 building officials gave their opinion of the bar: either fix it up or shut it down. Jerry not only fixed up the 1200-square-foot building, but also expanded it to three times its old size, and added a kitchen to start making food. Red Robin soon became popular for its wide selection of gourmet burgers in addition to the designer cocktails. Jerry says wanted to create a chain of restaurants that would be recognized as "the adult McDonald's and poor man's Trader Vic's."

See if I hacked your favorite burgers from Red Robin here.

Menu Description: "Our non-fat Honey Mustard dressing and non-fat Cheddar/Mozzarella blend give this Blackened Chicken Salad the same great taste as our original with less than 5 grams of fat."

Applebee's original Blackened Chicken Salad quickly became a favorite, encouraging this popular full-service chain to create a low-fat version of the delish dish. Since most of the fat in the original comes from the tasty honey mustard dressing, this version creates a dressing that tastes just as good, yet has not a single gram of fat. Combine that with fresh lettuce, shredded carrot, a little egg white, non-fat shredded cheese, and a delicious Cajun spice blend which generously coats grilled chicken, and you have a majorly munchable salad which is incredibly easy on the waistline. Who says you need gobs of fat to create a tasty meal?

Click here for more of my Applebee's copycat recipes.

Nutrition facts
Serving size–1 salad
Total serving–2
Calories per serving–420
Fat per serving–5 g

Menu Description: "Chopped lettuce, black beans, sweet corn, jicama, cilantro, basil, crispy corn tortilla strips, and Monterey Jack cheese tossed together in our herb ranch dressing. Topped with chopped BBQ chicken breast, diced tomatoes and scallions."

It was probably the popularity of CPK's BBQ chicken pizza that inspired this twist on the original chopped salad. I think the herb ranch dressing that's made here is much better than any ranch dressing you can buy in bottles in your local supermarket, but you can still choose to use one of those on this salad to speed things up, if you prefer. You might also consider substituting ingredients listed here for lower-fat ingredients, such as low-fat mayonnaise, sour cream and fat-free milk. As with any clone, consider this formula as your springboard into a custom dish that suits your own specs.

Menu Description: "Fresh spinach tossed with tomatoes, red peppers, onions, almonds and topped with grilled shrimp. Served with bacon vinaigrette."

Here's another great vinaigrette from Applebee's—a perfectly sweet and sour concoction packed with bits of real bacon. Medium shrimp are sprinkled with a secret seasoning blend, then grilled and arranged on top of the two large dinner-size salads this recipe yields. You can also split these up to serve four smaller side salads. There will be extra vinaigrette, so by adding a bit more spinach, you can even stretch this recipe to serve six when that couple who never calls ahead shows up unexpectedly on your stoop at chow time.

Menu Description: "Chopped lettuce, basil, salami, chilled roast turkey breast, diced tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese tossed in our herb-mustard Parmesan vinaigrette topped with scallions."

It's the delicious herb-mustard Parmesan vinaigrette that makes this salad so good. And since freshly made dressings are way better than anything you'll buy in a store, heres a great clone for vinaigrette that you can use either on the chopped salad clone here, or on any salad you assemble with ingredients on hand. After heating up these vinaigrette ingredients for a couple minutes, let the mixture cool, and then drizzle a thin stream of olive oil into the dressing as you blend it with an electric mixer on high speed. This will create an emulsion to thicken the vinaigrette and hold all the ingredients together even as the dressing chills.

Sure, KFC's potato salad is good, but have you ever wondered why they don't sell a fat-free version? It really wouldn't be so tough to substitute fat-free mayo for the regular stuff, then just sweeten it up with some sweet pickle relish and sugar. Throw a few spices in there, some bits of veggies, and the recipe might look something like this.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–5.6 ounces
Total servings–8
Calories per serving–90 (Original–230)
Fat per serving–0g (Original–14g)

Here's a simple copycat recipe for KFC potato salad that's no longer sold as a side dish at America's largest fast food chicken chain. Some of the skin is left on the potatoes in the real thing, so you don't have to peel yours too thoroughly. Just be sure to chop your potatoes into cubes that are approximately 1/2-inch thick, and then let the salad marinate for at least 4 hours so that the flavors can properly develop. If you let the salad chill overnight, it tastes even better.

Try my recipes for KFC fried chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, and many more here.

Menu Description: "Shredded napa cabbage, chilled grilled chicken breast, julienne cucumbers, edamame, crispy wontons, peanuts, cilantro, julienne carrots, red cabbage and scallions tossed with a lime-cilantro dressing. Topped with crispy rice sticks and Thai peanut dressing."

You can plan ahead for this amazing salad clone by first grilling the chicken and chilling it, then preparing the cilantro-lime dressing and the peanut sauce in advance. The menu description says that the salad is topped with "crispy rice sticks," but they look to me like crispy bean threads, cooked in a flash when dropped into hot oil for a few seconds. The crispy wontons are made from frying thinly sliced wonton wrappers in the same hot oil. For the edamame (soybeans), look in the frozen food section, and if they're still in their pods, be sure to take them out before measuring and tossing them into the salad. Once you've got everything chilled and chopped, building each dish is a breeze, and you'll have four huge dinner-size salads that will each be enough for an entire meal.

I've cloned a ton of dishes from California Pizza Kitchen. See if I hacked your favorites here.

Menu Description: "Rotini, cukes, tomatoes, scallions and vinaigrette dressing on the side."

On the back of each menu at this popular dinner house chain is the "Hooters Saga"—a tongue-in-cheek tale of the restaurant's origin. The story claims that the chain's founders, referred to as "The Hooters Six," were arrested shortly after opening the first Hooters restaurant "for impersonating restauranteurs (sic). There were no indictments," the story explains. "But the stigma lingers on."

Even though the "saga" claims the building for the first Hooters restaurant was originally going to be used as a "giant walk-in dumpster," each Hooters outlet is designed to look like a Florida beachouse. And whether it's December or July, day or night, you'll notice the trademark multicolored Christmas lights are always on.

Since Hooters is more than just Buffalo wings and shrimp, I thought I'd include a clone for a newer item on the menu. You'll love the tasty tri-color pasta salad tossed with tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onion, and a delicious vinaigrette. Use this Top Secret version of the pink vinaigrette dressing on a variety of salads or sub sandwiches, or even as a marinade.

Get your wing fix with my copycat recipes for the wings that made Hooter's famous here.

This cheesy little number is one of the most popular side salad choices at America's favorite steakhouse chain. Cinnamon Pecans and fried angel hair pasta are tossed with salad greens and a delicious sweet and sour bleu cheese vinaigrette. The crunchy angel hair pasta pieces are made by first boiling 24 sticks of uncooked pasta for half of the usual cooking time. When the pasta is cool, fry it in a bit of oil until light brown and crispy. The cinnamon pecans are easily candied in a small saucepan with a few basic ingredients. The recipe here makes two large salad servings, which will require only half of the dressing. This way, if you want to serve more salads you can easily double up on the other ingredients, and you'll have just the right amount of dressing for a couple more servings.

How about a 'Bloomin Onion to go with that salad? I've cloned a ton of famous dishes from Outback Steakhouse. See if I hacked your favorites here.

McDonald's enlisted Destiny's Child, Venus Williams, and Bob Greene (Oprah's trainer) to kick off its balanced lifestyles campaign in the spring of 2005, starting with this salad and the tagline "Get a fruit buzz." Most of the recipe is no big secret: two kinds of sliced apples, red seedless grapes, and low-fat vanilla yogurt. If there is a secret ingredient it's the candied walnuts which we can clone from scratch using honey, peanut oil, sugar and vanilla.

Menu Description: "Fajita-marinated chicken, corn relish, mixed cheese, cilantro, diced tomato and crispy tortilla strips. Garnished with a chipotle-ranch drizzle and cheese quesadilla wedges. Served with our citrus-balsamic dressing."

I'm a happy camper on a Saturday afternoon when diving into one of these big salads, served up with a Presidente Margarita to help relieve my hangover from a Friday night hoo-ha. For the last several years, this has been the go-to salad when you're dining at Chili's. The chicken marinade is delicious, the corn relish is a great touch, and the citrus-balsamic vinaigrette totally rocks. And where else can you get a salad that includes slices of cheese quesadilla on the side? I love it. If you're a fan of the original, this 4-serving clone will bring it home.

Craving more of your favorite dishes from Chili's? See if I hacked your favorites here.

The secret to cloning this chicken chain's popular carrot raisin salad lies in proper carrot shredding technique. A standard shredder, like the type you might use to shred a hunk of cheddar cheese, creates a coarse shred that makes the salad taste much too "carroty." Instead, find yourself the type of fine shredder that is often used for Parmesan cheese. Sure, it'll take a little more elbow grease to reduce 5 or 6 carrots to ultra thin strips, but I guarantee you'll end up with a superior finished product that will help you forget all about the extra effort.

Menu Description: "Grilled, marinated chicken breast, mixed greens, pico de gallo, pineapple chunks, tortilla strips & honey-lime dressing."

Larry Levine started building his chain of Chili's restaurants in Dallas in 1975. At that time, Chili's was basically a hamburger joint with a gourmet touch, dining room service and booze. Even though the menu then offered only eleven items, the restaurant was so popular that the throngs of hungry customers waited patiently in lines extending into the parking lots. This caught the eye of persuasive restaurateur Norman Brinker, who, in 1983, convinced Larry to sell his chain of Chili's restaurants, which by then had grown to a total of thirty.

Before Norman had stepped into the picture, more than 80 percent of Chili's business was in hamburgers. Today a much larger menu reflects the current trends in food, and salads are some of the best-selling items. These days the Grilled Caribbean Salad with the tasty honey-lime dressing is the salad of choice.

Check out more of my copycat recipes for Chili's favorites here.

Of the four salads on Wendy's new Garden Sensations menu, this is the one that gets all the cloning requests. It's the sesame dressing that everyone's nuts about. The formula below gives you a nice 1 1/2 cups of the delicious stuff so it'll fit perfectly into a standard dressing cruet. Once you've got your dressing made, building the rest of the salad is a breeze.

Check out my other Wendy's clone recipes here.

Menu Description: "Pecan-crusted chicken, served sliced and chilled on salad greens tossed with Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing, topped with mandarin oranges, sweet-glazed pecans, celery, dried cranberries and bleu cheese."

With dried cranberries, mandarin orange wedges, bleu cheese, pecan-crusted chicken breast, and a delicious sweet and sour balsamic vinaigrette, it's no wonder this salad is the top pick at one of America's first casual dining chains. And don't be intimidated by all the ingredients. The dressing is a cakewalk since you pour everything except the garlic into a blender. The pecan-crusted chicken is a simple breading process, and the chicken cooks up in a snap. You'll be spending most of your time at the chopping block as you hack pecans into little pieces and get the lettuce, garlic and celery ready. I've designed this recipe to serve four, but if there are only two of you, you can easily cut it in half.

Find more yummy T.G.I. Friday's copycat recipes here.

Menu Description: "Crisp Oriental greens topped with chunks of crunchy Chicken Fingers, toasted almonds and crispy rice noodles tossed in a light Oriental vinaigrette."

Applebee's 60-item menu is revised twice a year. That means about 40 percent of the entire menu changes on a regular basis. The other 60 percent are items that are found on menus in all of the Applebee's restaurants, and seldom ever change. One item that has been on the menu for some time now is this Oriental Chicken salad, which is considered one of the restaurant's signature items. The recipe makes one dinner-size salad and can be easily doubled or quadrupled for additional servings. This recipe comes from the third book, Top Secret Restaurant Recipes, but the dressing has been improved to more closely match the current dressing served at the restaurant.

Want more Applebee's? See if I hacked your favorites here.

Menu Description: "Grilled chipotle chicken breast with guacamole and sour cream on a bed of greens tossed with two cheeses, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and our Mexi-ranch dressing."

Create a robust chipotle marinade that fills your chicken fillets with flavor. As you wait for the chicken to marinate you have plenty of time to throw together clones of the Mexi-ranch dressing and fresh pico de gallo. Now most of the work is done, and you're standing in front of the gate to salad heaven. When you're ready to enter, simply grill the chicken, assemble your salads and open wide.

You should know that if you don't have buttermilk for the dressing, and don't want to buy a whole carton to use just a single tablespoon, simply substitute regular milk. You'll find ground chipotle pepper where all the spices are stocked in the market: I use McCormick. If you can't track down ground chipotle, use ground cayenne pepper. Just be sure to measure roughly half the amount, since cayenne packs more heat than chipotle.

As the seasons change so does the menu, at this popular 1064-unit casual restaurant chain. You'll find this item in the "Low-Fat and Fabulous" column during the summer months where it's been a favorite since 1997. As with any salad, the waistline violator is the traditionally fat-filled dressing that's drizzled in gobs over the top of very healthy greens. A tablespoon of dressing is usually around 10-12 grams of fat each. So if we can just figure out a cool way to make the dressing fat-free, we're well on our way to making huge salad—four of them to be exact—with only 12 grams of fat on the entire plate. Most of those grams come from the chicken breast, while the crunchy chow mein noodles pick up the rest. Just be sure to plan ahead when you make this one. The chicken should marinate for a few hours if you want it to taste like the original. Get ready for some big, meal-size salads.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size–1 salad
Total Servings–4
Calories per serving–575
Fat per serving–12g

This big salad of mixed greens, fajita steak, pico de gallo, black beans, bell peppers, corn and guacamole comes slathered with two types of salad dressings plus fried tortilla chips, making the restaurant version a fat-filled fiesta.

The two dressings here are made fat-free, knocking the fat grams down to around a third of what you'd down in the original. There are several components here in this conversion, but this recipe makes four of the huge entree-size salads, and the results are worth the effort. This recipe clones the steak version of the salad, but you can also replace the beef with chicken.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–1 salad
Total servings–4
Calories per serving–591 (Original–784)
Fat per serving–15g (Original–45g)

Menu Description: "A masterwork of flavors. Grilled, marinated chicken breast crowns this fresh mix of delectable greens, crisp apples, rich crumbled bleu cheese and sweet candied walnuts. Tossed in our tangy balsamic vinaigrette."


Why you will love this curry chicken salad recipe

  • It is so crunchy and creamy
  • Very filling and satisfying and packed with lots of protein and veggies
  • Includes the most incredible spicy curry yogurt sauce you will love.
  • Can be made in 10 minutes!
  • It is great for meal prep and can be stored for up to 5 days.
  • There is just so much flavor and texture it’s amazing!

Tips for the Best Waldorf Salad

  • Sure, the recipe yields a lovely dressing, but you&rsquore free to alter the quantities to suit your taste. Just be sure to taste the dressing first before adding it to the fruits! It will be harder to adjust the flavor once it&rsquos already mixed in.
  • Yogurt, plus mayonnaise, plus orange will already give you a tangy dressing, but if you want an even tangier flavor, use sour cream instead of yogurt.
  • For a sweeter dressing, simply add a bit of sugar or honey to the mix.
  • This recipe yields an incredibly creamy dressing, but if you want it lighter, just reduce the amount.
  • While it&rsquos loaded with fruits, the mayo in the dressing makes this salad high in calories. For a healthier salad, use non-fat Greek yogurt for the dressing.
  • Have some leftover rotisserie chicken? Use that instead! It will add even more flavor to the salad.
  • Apart from chicken, you can also use ham, salmon, or tuna.
  • Instead of walnuts, you can also use pecans, cashews, or almonds.
  • Use a tart, crisp apple, such as Granny Smith, for better texture. Crispin, Honeycrisp, Rome Beauty, and Jonathan are perfect, too.

How to Prep Greek Salad with Chicken

One of the things I love about Greek salad is the hearty ingredients stand up to time for meal prep so that a little chopping and small amount of cooking easily turn into lunch or dinner on the fly. Prep the ingredients beforehand so that salad assembly is complete in less time than an anguished trip to the vending machine.

This Greek salad’s ingredients include:

Lettuce: Not traditional in Greek salads, but in this main meal salad, lettuce is a terrific filler. I use iceberg or romaine for the crunch.

Kalamata olives: Their unmistakeable tang are my favorite bite.

Feta cheese: I’ve learned to always use block feta cheese and crumble it myself. The flavor is undeniably better.

Tomatoes: I make a batch of my Mediterranean tomato salad with loads of Greek flavors and freshness from capers, red onion and fresh parsley to top this salad. Or if prep time isn’t on your side, sliced medium size cocktail tomatoes or even cherry tomatoes do the trick too.

Cucumbers: Crunchy and fresh, I like hot house or smaller Persian cucumbers best in this salad for their extra snap, but really any garden variety will do.

Grilled chicken: My favorite Greek marinade doubles down on the Mediterranean flavors in my grilled chicken. Before I marinade, I slice boneless, skinless chicken breasts in half lengthwise so they cook quicker and the portions are more in line with lunch time salads.

Grill a batch all at once then store in the fridge to slice as needed. Or, cook baked chicken breasts, basic grilled chicken breasts, or use store-bought rotisserie chicken if you like.

Greek salad dressing: My homemade Greek salad dressing is incredibly easy to make and the oregano and garlic flavor clings lovingly to every crunchy bite. I keep a batch of it in the fridge for 1 month or as long as it lasts before I use it all up.

In a pinch, the reserved marinade from the Mediterranean tomato salad can be used as a dressing too, with more vinegar added to taste.


Crisp Chicken With Potato Salad And Anchovy Vinaigrette

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Only Septime chef Bertrand Grébaut can make chicken salad taste like a groovy improvisation instead of a safe dish. The boneless thigh meat is moist, crunchy — it develops crackling skin in a cast-iron pan — and rousing when tumbled with anchovy-spiked potatoes. The kicker: a dollop of fromage blanc (or yogurt), plus a mix of raw and sautéed greens on the plate.

Make Ahead: The recipe can be prepared through Step 2 up to 4 hours ahead.

Crisp Chicken With Potato Salad And Anchovy Vinaigrette

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Serving Size: 4

Ingredients

  • 12 small red or new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 3 oil-packed anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grape-seed oil
  • 4 large skin-on boneless chicken thighs
  • 5 ounces large amaranth leaves, thick central veins removed, or baby spinach
  • fleur de sel
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Small amaranth or baby spinach and mixed baby lettuce leaves, for garnish
  • 1/2 cup fromage blanc or Greek yogurt, preferably goat's or sheep's milk

Directions

For the chicken

In a medium saucepan, cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and cut the potatoes in half.

Meanwhile, in a blender, combine the vinegar with the shallot, anchovies, mustard, and garlic and puree until smooth. With the blender on, drizzle in 1/ 3 cup (80 ml) of the olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Scrape the vinaigrette into a large bowl. Add the warm potatoes and toss to coat.

In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat the grape-seed oil over high heat until smoking. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the skillet skin-side down and set another large heavy skillet on top. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the chicken until browned and crisp on the bottom, 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove the top skillet and turn the chicken over, then replace the skillet and cook the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the chicken into pieces 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) thick. Add the chicken with any juices to the potatoes and gently toss to coat.

In the same skillet, cook the large amaranth leaves over medium heat, stirring, until just wilted, about 1 minute. Season with fleur de sel and pepper.

In a medium bowl, combine the lemon juice and remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil and season lightly with fleur de sel and pepper. Add the small fresh amaranth and baby lettuce leaves and toss to coat. Mound the chicken and potato salad on plates. Top with the wilted amaranth and the fresh amaranth and lettuce. Set a quenelle or spoonful of the fromage blanc on each plate, season the fromage blanc generously with pepper, and serve.


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Comments:

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  3. Sunukkuhkau

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  4. Mauzahn

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