Hoover's Picnic Salad With Honey-Mustard Dressing

Hoover's Picnic Salad With Honey-Mustard DressingRecipe

The chicken marinates in as little as 4 hours, but it's best when started the night before. If you want to serve four, this recipe easily doubles, but you'll need to fry the chicken in 2 batches.


Makes 2 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 14 Minutes
Chill: 4 Hours


2 skinned and boned chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 teaspoons salt, divided
8 thick-cut bacon slices
2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 head green leaf lettuce, chopped
2 cups seeded and cubed watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew melon
Garnish: fresh basil sprigs


Butterfly chicken breasts by making a lengthwise cut horizontally through breasts to within 1/2 inch of other side. Open breasts, and sprinkle evenly with sliced basil; place between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap. Flatten chicken to 1/2-inch thickness using a cast-iron skillet or meat mallet.

Stir together mayonnaise, milk, garlic, 2 teaspoons pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish; add chicken. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

Cook bacon slices in a large cast-iron skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside. Add oil to drippings in skillet, and heat to 350°, stirring and scraping to release browned bits from bottom of skillet.

Combine flour, remaining 2 teaspoons black pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Scrape and discard excess marinade from chicken. Dredge chicken in flour mixture. Fry 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and chicken is done.

Divide lettuce evenly between each of 2 serving plates. Top each with 1 cup melon, and drizzle with desired amount of Honey-Mustard Dressing. Cut chicken into thin slices, and place evenly on top of melon. Sprinkle with bacon, and garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.