Candied Pecan and Herb Chicken Salad

Herb Chicken Candied-Pecan Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Herb Chicken and Candied Pecan Salad is the perfect low-carb, flavorful, and tasty Summer salad! With a little bit of crunch, a hint of sweet, and a lot of flavor, this salad is my new favorite! Made in partnership with the American Pecan Council!

Herb Chicken Candied Pecan Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am so excited to partner with my friends at the American Pecan Council to bring you today’s delicious salad. I am seriously obsessed with this one!

Pecans are one of my all-time favorite nuts. Their crisp and buttery texture and naturally sweet taste makes them my go-to for salads and other savory dishes.

They are low in carbs, high in fiber, and they contain the same heart-healthy unsaturated fats that are found in other nuts, but they’re among the highest in monounsaturated fats, including the beneficial oleic acid that’s found in olive oil!

Another fun fact? Pecans have 3 grams of protein per ounce and 11% daily value of fiber per ounce! A heart healthy, nutritious snack that is so delicious! 

These candied pecans are next level amazing. You may remember my gift giving series this December. I packaged similar candied pecans as little gifts and they were an absolute hit. They’re even better in a salad!

Herb Chicken Candied Pecan Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I love this salad because it uses tons of fresh herbs from my garden and CSA, local mixed greens, and an AMAZING dressing.

Herb Chicken Candied Pecan Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

A little bit of sweet, a little bit of salty, plus the candied pecan crunch!

Herb Chicken Candied Pecan Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

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

Grilled Herbed Chicken

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!

This post is sponsored by the American Pecan Council. All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own!

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

I am super into chicken salad as of late. Cranberry Walnut, Pesto, Apple Dill… you name it. Now that I make my own mayo it’s great. I don’t need to worry about using ingredients I’m not thrilled about, and can get pretty creative! But, I don’t always have the mayo on hand and for those moments I go honey mustard. It is so good. I love the addition of roasted red peppers and cilantro in it, like really really love those flavors together.

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Simple to throw together and packed with great flavor. Perfect meal prep food right there!

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

 

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. organic chicken
  • 1/4 cup mustard (I often use 2 tbsp dijon, 2 tbsp spicy brown)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped

Instructions

  • 1. Prepare chicken as desired: poach it or make some crock-pot shredded chicken
  • 2. In a bowl whisk together mustard and honey, set aside
  • 3. When chicken is done and ready to assemble chop cilantro and red peppers
  • 4. Combine chicken, honey mustard, cilantro, and red pepper; mix well
  • 5. Store in refrigerator!
  • Recipe Notes

  • I often make more honey mustard as desired based on who I am serving to, I also often double this for meal prep!
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