Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad with Spiced Pecans

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Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad with Spiced Pecans Recipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 

You'll want to double the sweet and spicy sautéed pecans for snacking during the week. Sub fresh summer fruit like blueberries or nectarines for the raspberries.

Serves 2 (serving size: about 2 1/2 cups salad and 1 1/2 tbsp. dressing)


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Cooking spray
2 (6-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons pecan halves
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
4 cups arugula leaves
1/2 cup fresh raspberries


1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken evenly with pepper and salt. Add chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

2. Place pecans in a small, dry skillet over medium heat; cook 4 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Stir in sugar, butter, and hot sauce; cook 4 minutes or until coated, stirring frequently. Remove pecan mixture from pan; cool. Coarsely chop.

3. Combine oil, vinegar, mustard, and garlic in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Divide arugula between 2 plates. Top evenly with chicken, pecan mixture, and raspberries. Drizzle balsamic mixture over top.

Created date

May 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 416
Fat 22.8 g
Satfat 4 g
Monofat 12.2 g
Polyfat 4 g
Protein 39 g
Carbohydrate 15 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 114 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 394 mg
Calcium 97 mg
Sugars 10 g
Est. Added Sugars 7 g