Blackened Chicken Salad

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Move over bland, mundane salad! This blackened chicken recipe has some serious KICK!! If you are looking for a spicy way to switch up your regular salad, try this easy recipe for blackened chicken. It is simple and quick to make, and I promise you will enjoy every flavorful bite!

To assemble the salad, simply pile your lettuce with as many fresh vegetables as you’d like and your preferred creamy dressing.  I served this chicken on top of a bed of spring mix, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a drizzle of a yogurt-based ceasar parmigiano dressing. Bolthouse Farms makes one that is delicious, and because it is yogurt-based it is significantly lower in fat and calories than regular ceasar dressing! Instead of 170 calories and a whopping 19g of fat, the yogurt dressing is 45 calories and 2.5g of fat. The best part? The yogurt is absolutely undetectable. It passed what I may begin referring to as “The Husband Test”: if he can’t tell it’s healthy and he loves it, that product is a winner!

Make this chicken the next time you feel in a rut with your salad routine! Feel free to be creative with your additions and let me know what you think!

Blackened Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

For salad: Lettuce/veggies/dressing of choice (I do think using a creamy dressing helps cut the heat from the spicy chicken!)

  • 1 lb pound  boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 2 teaspoons EVOO

For rub (makes 2 tablespoons, enough for 1 lb of chicken/beef/fish/tofu):

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

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1). Mix spice rub ingredients in a small bowl. Season the chicken strips on all sides with the spice rub.

2). Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.

3). Add chicken strips and cook 5 minutes per side.

4) Remove and serve over salad with your favorite veggies and dressing!

Servings: about 3

Nutritional Information for 1 serving of Blackened Chicken: Calories: 162 Carbs: 3g Fat: 3g Protein: 30g!! Sugar: 2g

Recipe adapted from: http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com 

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