Grilled Lemon-Dijon Chicken Thighs with Arugula Salad
Photo: Randy Dausch; Styling: Lindsey Lower
4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons thinly sliced shallots
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 (5-ounce) package baby arugula
How to Make It
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Combine chicken, 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, juice, Dijon, and garlic in a bowl; toss to coat. Let stand 4 minutes. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Place chicken on a cutting board. Cut chicken into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, shallots, vinegar, and honey in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk to dissolve honey. Add tomatoes and arugula; toss to coat. Place 1 1/2 cups arugula mixture on each of 4 plates; top evenly with sliced chicken.
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First time I could get my family to eat Chicken Thighs. They scarfed it down and asked for secondst! Also beefed up the salad with grilled asparagus, green onions, and red onions and served over a spring mix. Adding the hot chicken and veggies made the salad more of a "wilted" variety which made me nervous to serve to my picky husband but he devoured it!
My family aren't a big fan of arugula so I did a mix of arugula and some other greens. Served with some sliced french bread - a great foccacia bread would be great too - for a quick, easy and delicious weeknight dinner. Will definitely make this again.
I'm not usually a chicken thigh fan but this chicken was moist and flavorful and I would have definitely had seconds. The dressing was tasty and I agree with some of the other reviews that the addition of some grilled veggies to this salad could make it even more delicious. Will make again.
My husband is not a chicken thigh fan and really liked these and wants me to make them again. I did not have lemon juice on hand, so I substituted 1tsp white vinegar. I think the juice would have added a nice touch of freshness to it, so definitely will do that next time.