Candied Pecan and Herb Chicken Salad

Preparation 15 minutes 2017-07-24T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 30 minutes 2017-07-24T00:30:00+00:00 Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

Candied Pecans

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 cups shelled pecans
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Grilled Herbed Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, more for greasing grill pan
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
  • 1/8th teaspoon red peppers flakes

Shallot Vinaigrette: (makes 1/2 cup)

  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, champagne vinegar, or red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Other Salad Ingredients

  • Fresh apples, peaches, or apricots, sliced thin
  • 2-4 cups mesclun greens or mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, diced or brie cheese
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 3 fresh figs, sliced in half

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F and line a half-sheet tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg white and water together until frothy.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together maple sugar and sea salt and set aside.
  4. Toss pecans in the frothed egg white mixture first and then place in spice mixture until evenly coated. Place on sheet tray and bake for 30 minutes. The pecans should be well coated in the maple sugar.
  5. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
  6. In a small mixing bowl, mix together garlic powder, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and fresh herbs.
  7. Coat chicken well in herb mixture.
  8. Place chicken on a greased grill or grill pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked through. If using a grill pan, make sure to cover the chicken to ensure even cooking. Take chicken off heat, slice, and set aside until ready to eat.
  9. While chicken cooks, whisk salad dressing ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.
  10. Assemble all salad ingredients on a serving platter of choice. Save half of the candied pecans for snacking!  Drizzle with shallot vinaigrette (1/4 cup or more, as desired) and devour!