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Chipotle Chicken Leafy Salad

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Chipotle Chicken Leafy Salad
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 2
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Chipotle Chicken Leafy Salad

This flavorful salad with leafy greens, salty seeds, fresh blueberries and chipotle-seasoned chicken is an awesome light meal, easily beefed up for heartier dinner portions.

Ingredients

Olive oil for prep
2
chicken breast (11.75 oz.) tenderloins (fresh, or thawed if frozen)
1/2
teaspoon chipotle seasoning (more or less to taste)
Fresh-ground pepper and sea salt to taste
3
cups Spring mix lettuce
1
cup baby spinach
1/2
cup fresh blueberries, washed
2
tablespoons shelled and salted sunflower seeds
Vinaigrette champagne salad dressing (or your favorite)

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350° F. Spread 1 Tbsp olive oil in bottom of baking dish. Add chicken tenderloins. Lightly cover tops of chicken in olive oil and sprinkle with chipotle seasoning, pepper and salt. Bake at 350°F, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes for juices to absorb.
  • 2 While chicken is resting, prepare plates with spinach and lettuce, dividing the greens between the plates. Sprinkle blueberries and sunflower seeds over greens.
  • 3 Slice each tenderloin into thin strips. Place one warm, sliced tenderloin over each salad. Drizzle with salad dressing, or serve dressing on the side. Serve immediately.
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Chipotle Chicken Leafy Salad

As prepared by tbspSusan,

With bursting blueberries, crisp greens, salty seeds and spicy chicken -- this salad is one tasty hello to spring!


All winter, seems like everybody wears shades of black and gray. Ever notice that? And all winter, foods seem just a bit more packaged, a tad more bland and a little, well, predictable.

But it's like we're on the highway and can see the faster speed limit sign just ahead -- time to shift into 5th and jet into spring!

This Chipotle Chicken Leafy Salad is a great way to wake up your taste buds and get 'em all excited for the fresh flavors coming their way. It's got a mouthful of everything your body's been craving since last summer.

First, start with two chicken breast tenderloins and put 'em in a small baking dish slathered with olive oil. Add olive oil to the top of each tenderloin, then sprinkle with chipotle seasoning, fresh cracked pepper, and course sea salt.

Chicken Seasoned with Chipotle Powder

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is fully done. You should smell the kitch 'bout now! Tempting. Sooo tempting.

Baked Chipotle Chicken

Let the chicken sit for 5 minutes so the juices absorb. Meanwhile, add a bed of fresh, crunchy leafy greens to two plates. I used organic spinach and spring mix lettuces to add color. Sprinkle with as many blueberries as your want.

Spring Mix and Spinach with Blueberries

Slice the chicken and add one sliced tenderloin to each plate, right on top of the greens and blueberries. Now sprinkle the salad with salted sunflower seeds, and drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette.

The money shot...

Chipotle Seasoned Chicken on Salad Greens

I like tangy champagne vinaigrette that I found refrigerated right near the salad fixin's at the store, but you can use your favorite salad dressing or make your own.

Flavor packed! Doesn't this make your mouth water?

Bite of Chipotle Chicken Salad

Serve it right away -- cuz your tastebuds have seen that new speed limit sign and they're rarin' to go!

Make-Ahead Option


The chicken can be served chilled, too, so you can make this entire dish ahead of time and pull it out of the fridge at serving time.

Serving Suggestions


This salad is perfect as a light meal. To make it more filling, serve with a cup of soup, biscuit or bread stick.

If you want larger portions, use two 8-ounce chicken breasts and increase the amount of the other ingredients accordingly.


Fresh Lettuce Recipes for Spring



Read our How to Keep Lettuce Fresh article for hints on keeping your greens crisp and delish!
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Tips  

This salad is great with chilled chicken too, making it an easy make-ahead meal. Bake and chill chicken. Slice and assemble salad as above.

Great with a cup of soup, biscuit or bread stick. To make into a fuller meal, use 2 (8 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of the smaller tenderloins, and adjust amounts for other ingredients accordingly.

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