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Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe

cranberry chicken salad recipe

Cranberry Chicken Salad Recipe

Prep Time : 35 Minutes
Start to Finish : 35 Minutes
6 servings


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seed
  • Chicken and Salad
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 13/4 lb)

Cooking spray

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups bite-size pieces iceberg lettuce
  • 3 cups bite-size pieces romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (2 oz)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 6 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted*

Method :

  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small bowl, mix all dressing ingredients with whisk. Spoon 3/4 cup of the dressing into separate bowl. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.
  2. Spray chicken with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt. Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 15 to 20 minutes, turning once and brushing occasionally with remaining 1/4 cup dressing, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Discard any remaining dressing used for brushing. Remove chicken from grill to cutting board or plate; cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices.
  3. Divide iceberg and romaine lettuce among 6 plates. Top with chicken. Drizzle reserved ¾ cup dressing over salads. Sprinkle evenly with cheese, cranberries and almonds.

* To toast almonds, sprinkle in ungreased skillet. Cook over medium-low heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until nuts begin to brown, then stirring constantly until nuts are light brown.

1 Serving : Calories 400; Total Fat 17g (Saturated Fat 4.5g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 115mg; Sodium 580mg; Total Carbohydrate 21g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 41g
Exchanges : 1 Other Carbohydrate, 1 Vegetable, 51/2 Very Lean Meat, 3 Fat
Carbohydrate Choices : 11/2

a new twist

To make a honey-flavored dressing, omit the sugar and add 1/3 cup honey instead.

swap it out

Refrigerated coleslaw dressing can be used in place of the poppy seed dressing. Stir in 1 tablespoon poppy seed if you like.

Source :
The Big Book of Chicken
Betty Crocker

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