Roast Chicken Salad with Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans

  • naughtymax Posted: 07/25/09
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    I prepared the chicken breasts myself instead of buying rotisserie chicken and took it to an outdoor concert. It is delicious! Truly outstanding!

  • carolfitz Posted: 06/29/09
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    Used a breast from CL's lemon-rosemary whole roast chicken. Had great white peaches. Made the recommended herb bread with a combo of thyme, rosemary & oregano. Lovely summer meal, rated "special occasion" because it was so pretty and fresh and the peaches were a surprise.

  • stephil Posted: 07/08/10
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    What a wonderful summery salad! I usually make it the night after we have a rotisserie chicken so the meat is chilled. If you don't like regular goat cheese (my husband HATES it), look around for smoked goat cheese. Tastes wonderful, but without the sour sharp bite to it. This will be a summer staple!

  • nansmi Posted: 08/12/09
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    I didn't have all the ingredients, so I did some substitutions and it was still fantastic. Used gorgonzola cheese instead of the goat cheese and sliced almonds instead of pecans. Will definitely make again according to the receipe. Served with Carr's Rosemary Crackers for a quick lunch for my husband and myself. Loved the dressing.

  • KeysBet Posted: 07/10/10
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    This salad is really delicious. It's great as a main meal, but I would also serve it without the chicken as a side salad. I roasted two chicken breasts and they tasted great, but I would also use shrimp or even pork instead if using as a main meal. I also added fresh strawberries because I had them on hand--great with the peaches. A good crusty bread goes very well with it. I would serve it to guests. Will make it often.

  • ginny77 Posted: 08/09/09
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    This is such a flavorful summer salad! The combination of the peaches with the balsamic dressing is a wonderful taste sensation. My whole family loved this one, even the picky eaters. Will make often while fresh peaches are bountiful!

  • Godfreyroth1 Posted: 07/07/09
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    This was an excellent dinner salad- I used fresh NC peaches and local goat cheese which paired heavenly with the pecans and maple-balsamic dressing- every bite was a pleasure! This combined so quickly that it will become a go to weeknight summer meal. I also made the foccacia with herbs from my garden - what a fabulously delicious and simple meal.

  • EllenFL Posted: 08/27/09
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    This would be good when strawberries are in season too. Delicious, flavors complement themselves beautifully.

  • skspillman Posted: 07/01/09
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    This salad is very good and simple to prepare. I used the meat from a whole rotisserie chicken. I was a little worried that there wouldn't be enough dressing since I used extra meat, but there was plenty. I also used honey-roasted pecan pieces--very good. I will make this salad again--a yummy, quick meal for summer.

  • Jaydee30 Posted: 07/12/10
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    A fast, easy recipe that delivers superb flavor. I used grilled boneless chicken thighs that had been marinated in barbeque sauce, and that elevated this dish a notch. Mangoes would work when peaches are not in season. I served it with nan bread grilled along with the chicken. A perfect summer meal for family or company.

  • PeggyO Posted: 07/10/10
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    What a great meal for a warm summer evening. I had everything on hand except the shallots, so I just left them out. I had marinated and grilled some chicken breasts, and they were perfect in this salad. I didn't use all of the dressing. This is definitely a keeper!

  • Saecca Posted: 09/01/09
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    AMAZING!! Loved this recipe! My husband and I agreed it tasted like something you would get at a restaurant. I substituted the rotisserie chicken with chicken breasts which I sautéed with salt and pepper and then cut into bite-sized pieces. I served it with the herbed bread sticks and that just completes the flavor of the whole dish!

  • TallDave Posted: 07/19/09
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    Ingredients looked interesting, served once for spcl occasion, got raves, requests for recipe. Served again, larger group spcl occasion, same response. Only change made was to double the goat cheese. An outstanding summer entree salad.

  • Breezycookin Posted: 08/11/09
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    Made this recipe as is and it was excellent! I had been searching all summer for a good entree salad worthy of guests and this is it. My husband gobbled it up. I made the herbed bread as suggested and the flavors were perfect together. This will be a new regular recipe as we have so many hot days in AZ when a delicious, cool salad is a perfect meal. By shredding the rotisserie chicken ahead, it was a very quick week night meal.

  • lisamarch Posted: 08/03/09
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    I made this for dinner as main course when we had guests and was worried it would not be hearty enough. I served it with sourdough instead of herbed bread. It was really, really good and everybody loved it. It served 4 adults & we almost finished it. Will definitely make again, and soon!

  • Janet9803 Posted: 07/21/10
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    Not even my husband liked this, and he eats everything. Once I stirred in the dressing, the salad turned to mush. Nothing special about the flavor either. Can't believe it was a 5-star recipe.

  • Danigirl2 Posted: 07/10/10
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    We loved this salad! Fresh, easy, and very flavorful. While the rotisserie chicken called for in the recipe would be really nice, I decided to substitute with medium-sized shrimp. It worked well! The only change I will make next time will be to cut down on the dressing. The volume of dressing was a little much, and made the salad a bit too 'wet' for my liking. But, the flavor was great! Definitely a keeper!

  • SpecialKinGA Posted: 08/19/09
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    I love this salad! It's so easy to make and yummy, and being a Georgia girl, I love the fact that it has so many "home state" ingredients in it. Put some South in your mouth!!

  • GracieNoel Posted: 07/18/10
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    I enjoyed this salad quite a bit, but even with the chicken it was only a very light dinner. We often eat salad for dinner, but this one just wasn't enough. Next time I will probably leave the chicken out and use it as a side salad. It was definitely delicious!

  • Gannondale Posted: 06/13/10
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    This is our hands down favorite. When we started a low carb diet, I switched to sugar free maple syrup and reduced the balsamic vinegar in the dressing. This is a very pleasing flavor and texture combination. Don't skip the goat cheese.

  • Jennymom Posted: 07/11/10
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    My husband, son, and I really enjoyed this salad! Delicious on a hot summer day! Changes I made: I used stir fry chicken, and sauteed it with the red onion; then added the "dressing mixture" (with a little extra maple syrup) while the chicken and onion were almost finished cooking. Then, I spooned the hot chicken, onion, and dressing mixture over the salad and peaches, and crumbled on the goat cheese and pecans. It was delicious this way even without the herbed bread. I hope that others will enjoy it as much as we did!

  • Lucy504 Posted: 05/31/11
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    We decided to make it as a side item (without the chicken) and added cherry tomatoes. My husband does not like to east his vegetables and he ate TWO bowls! This salad is AMAZING!

  • cyndemmm Posted: 07/26/11
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    Very good! Tasty and the peaches really add to it!

  • Steph1201 Posted: 08/01/12
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    Excellent meal that is quick and easy to make but most of all delicious!

  • segan101 Posted: 08/15/12
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    Loved this. I would suggest tossing greens, peaches and dressing just before serving. Forgot the goat cheese and it didn't matter. I had a package of "glazed pecans" and used those. Easier and tasty. Used fresh spinach instead of mixed greens. I only mixed enough spinach and peach mixture for what we would eat right away. I saved the rest for leftovers and mixed as needed which worked out well. Bought herbed bread to save time which was bland. Dish can handle garlicky herbed bread. May try bread as directed adding garlic.

  • NRcook Posted: 08/16/12
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    This salad is absolutely delicious! Made it tonight for my friends - both asked for the recipe. Served with rosemary crusty bread because I had some in the freezer. Great summer salad.

  • janelson1 Posted: 07/25/14
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    This is an excellent combination of flavors. I made as directed with the addition of some blueberries. The amount of dressing needs to be doubled though.

  • EMatthews Posted: 08/06/13
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    Simply amazing. I used a couple of spiced-rubbed chicken breasts that were grilled the night before, two ounces of goat cheese (the listed amount is a bit stingy), and about 50% more pecans. I served the dressing on the side and let everyone add their own.

  • lwettstone Posted: 08/07/13
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    This is a great recipe! Absolutely delicious! Both my husband and I thought it was wonderful! I added honey to the dressing. I wanted it just a little bit sweeter.

  • Cuisinia Posted: 08/11/13
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    This was an excellent, easy summer salad. I used organic nectarines, and greens from the farmer's market, but other than that, and cutting the recipe in half for just my husband and me, I changed nothing. We loved the flavor combo of the red onions, fruit, pecans, goat cheese and the dressing, and all the textures were wonderful. On the side, I cut some crusty La Brea Bakery whole grain bread, brushed each slice lightly with a friend's homemade garlic olive oil, placed fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs in between each slice, wrapped it all in foil and heated it in the oven. The bread was a perfect accompaniment. Served it with a very dry California rose' wine.

  • Midgie Posted: 04/11/14
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    What a lovely and delicious salad. I'm anxious to try it again as I had pears on hand and used them instead of the peaches. I did add a tad more maple syrup to the dressing and served with a crusty bread. Will make again just as soon as the fresh peaches arrive in the stores.

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