Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Believe it or not, I really love salads. I have an undeniable sweet tooth, so you’ve seen many dessert recipes from me since we launched ‘The Helpmates’. I think it’s time for a salad! photo 20140128-110604_zpsf7629ded.jpg

This cranberry pecan chicken salad is probably the most common one on our dinner table. I do many variations of it based off what I happen to have on hand, but I’ve arranged a good combination of flavors in the recipe for you.

What you’ll need (to serve 2):

6 cups spring mix, washed

4 tbs craisins

4 tsp feta

1 chicken breast

1/3 cup honey glazed pecans (try my recipe here)

2 tbs balsamic dressing (for the chicken)

1 tbs olive oil

salt and pepper

dressing of choice (for drizzling on the salad)

2 tsp red onion, diced (optional)

Step by Step Instructions:

Cut your raw chicken breast into cubes – a sharp pair of kitchen scissors work best for this! You might consider cooking more than one breast. One is the perfect amount for our family, but I don’t like a lot of meat on my salads.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over med-high heat. Add chicken breast, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until done.

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Place 3 cups of spring mix in each serving dish. Top with 2 tablespoons craisins, 1/6 cup honey glazed pecans, and 1 teaspoon of onions (if desired). The onions were a new addition to the salad this time. I think they were good, but I put a few too many in ours. So I’ve cut the portion in half with the amount listed above. I think it will be just the right amount…if you like raw onions.

In a separate bowl, coat cooked chicken breast cubes with 2 teaspoons balsamic dressing. Top half the chicken breasts onto each salad.

Sprinkle each bowl with 2 teaspoons of feta and serve with dressing of your choice! I normally stick with Aldi’s Fit & Active balsamic vinaigrette, but Matt has done a strawberry vinaigrette before and he liked it too!

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Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.
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