Apple Pecan Chicken Salad #AppleWeek

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If you’re looking for a light salad that still has all of the warm and hearty flavors of fall, you have come to the right place! This is easily filling enough for lunch but also can serve as a lighter dinner option.

As much as I loved the chicken, apples and pecans in this dish, it’s the perfect mix of flavors within the marinade/dressing that really makes this dish come to life. Sweet and slightly acidic, it balances out the sweetness of the apples and transforms what could be boring pan-seared chicken into something simply amazing.

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Apple Pecan Chicken Salad #AppleWeek

A light green salad topped with sauteed chicken, apples and pecans.

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Salad, Chicken
  • Method: Stovetop

Ingredients

For the Marinade/Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Apple Pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Salad:

  • 4 chicken cutlets, trimmed of fat
  • 2 large apples, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 8 cups spring mix
  • optional: craisins

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing/marinade. Remove 4 tbsp to a separate large bowl.
  2. Place the chicken in the bowl with the separated marinade/dressing and toss to coat. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Add chicken broth to a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the coated chicken, apples and pecans. Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Stir apples and pecans as needed.
  4. Once chicken is fulled cooked, remove from the pan and let cool until it can be sliced.
  5. Divide spring mix into 4 bowls. Top with sliced chicken and apple and pecan mixture. Drizzle additional dressing over salad as needed. (Top with optional craisins)

Notes

Apple Pie Spice can be made by combining 4 tbsp cinnamon, 1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 1/2 tsp cardamom, 1 tsp ground ginger and 1/2 tsp allspice. Mixture can be stored in the pantry for 6 months to 1 year.

Keywords: salad, chicken, apples, pecans, fall foods,

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2 Comments

  1. Oh, I love this. I expected from the recipe title to find a chicken, apples and pecans mixed together in a creamy base. This is my kind of salad.

    • Thanks! I thought about doing a chicken salad like that, but then decided I wanted something lighter and a little more different. It was soooooooo good!

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