Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
38 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins
Yield
Serves 6

Crisp chicken in Chicken BLT Salad boosts a favorite side salad to a healthy main-course attraction.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Combine 1/2 cup buttermilk and egg white in a shallow dish. Place panko in a shallow dish. Dip chicken in egg white mixture; dredge in panko. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

Step 3

Heat an ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chicken. Cook 4 minutes; turn over. Bake at 425° for 14 minutes or until done. Let chicken stand 10 minutes; slice crosswise.

Step 4

Combine 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, mayonnaise, dill, chives, and vinegar. Place garlic on a cutting board; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Chop until a paste forms, scraping with the flat side of knife to mash. Add garlic to dressing.

Step 5

Place 1 lettuce wedge on each of 6 plates. Top each serving with chicken, 1/3 cup tomato, and 2 1/2 tablespoons dressing. Sprinkle with cheese and crumbled bacon.

Step 6

If you like pita bread, try Middle Eastern Bread Salad with Chicken: Prepare Chicken BLT Salad through step 3, seasoning chicken with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper. Combine 4 cups torn whole-wheat pita, 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup torn basil, 1/3 cup thinly vertically sliced red onion, and 1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives in a large bowl. Combine 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Drizzle dressing over pita mixture; toss to coat. Arrange about 1 1/2 cups salad on each of 6 plates; divide sliced chicken evenly among servings. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese. Serves 6 Calories 382; Fat 4g (sat 5g); Sodium 603mg

Step 7

If you like escarole, try Escarole, White Bean, and Chicken Salad: Prepare Chicken BLT Salad through step 3, adding 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind to buttermilk mixture and 2 teaspoons chopped rosemary to panko, and seasoning chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Combine 5 cups torn escarole, 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, and 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed and drained Great Northern beans in a large bowl; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Combine 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle over escarole mixture; toss. Place about 1 cup salad on each of 6 plates; divide chicken among servings. Serves 6 Calories 296; Fat 9g (sat 9g); Sodium 313mg

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