It's a Keeper: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Salad

Here's another great recipe for the finally warming weather: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Salad.  I had several ingredients for this salad just hanging out in the fridge, so I was excited to find this recipe on the website for Rach's magazine.  I don't know how people found recipes before the internet.  Did they have to talk to their neighbors or something?  Shocking.

This recipe couldn't be easier and it is light and refreshing.  It is perfect for a weeknight because you just cok the chicken, throw the salad ingredients together, and toss it with the dressing (homemade, of course!).  To make it even faster, the magazine said to "crumble microwaved bacon over shredded rotisserie chicken" instead of breaking out the skillet.

Here's the recipe with my comments in brackets:

4 Servings
Prep 20 min
Cook 15 min

8 slices bacon [Any recipe with 8 slices of bacon is a winner in my book.]
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1 lime
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 romaine hearts, torn into bite-size pieces
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 avocados, thinly sliced
4 ounces pepper Jack cheese, shredded [you gotta go with the pepper jack - it makes a difference!]
1 bunch chives, snipped
In a large skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until lightly golden but still soft; drain. Pour out the excess fat, reserving the skillet.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Wrap two strips of bacon around each chicken breast and secure with toothpicks.

Heat the reserved skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken, cover and cook, turning once, until golden, 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes; discard the toothpicks.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice and olive oil. Add the lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, pepper jack and chives, season with salt and pepper and toss. Divide among serving plates and top with the chicken.

2 comments:

  1. HAHA! I'm not sure how we found recipes before the internet! Although I do have my grandmother's recipe box... she would cut some out of the newspaper and tape them on index cards, others would be her own recipes and others were ones from friends. She also kept a notebook of all of the dinner parties she hosted or attended... in it has the date, who attended, what was served and what 'favors' the guests received (deck of cards for the men... compacts for women were most popular) and any table decorations worth nothing. Both are treasures!!!!

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  2. I have my Mom's old recipe books, but it is fair to say that my Mom and I have different tastes....

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