Thursday, February 17, 2011

Citrus Chicken Salad

This recipe got mixed reviews for dinner tonight.  I loved it.  I thought it was just the right amount of citrus and heat, but the youngsters weren't quite as impressed.  You'll have to decide whose taste buds to trust.

1 (15 oz) can of Mandarin Oranges in light syrup
3 Tbsp sugar
2 limes
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3 Tbsp olive oill
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 cups of baby lettuce greens (washed)
Salt and pepper to taste

Salt and pepper both sides of chicken breasts.

Drain the can of Mandarin Oranges and save the syrup.  Pour syrup into saucepan and add sugar. Bring to a boil and let sauce reduce to about half.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Zest two limes into a small batter bowl.  Slice limes in half and juice both into bowl with lime zest.  Add cayenne pepper and olive oil  Add Mandarin Orange mixture when cooled and whisk well.  Pour 1/2 cup of the dressing into a small prep bowl for later use.

Grill the chicken breasts on a grill pan or outdoor grill for 6 minutes on first side.  Brush with set aside dressing and then turn chicken.  Brush tops of chicken again with dressing.  Cover and cook for 5 more minutes.  Turn chicken again and allow to sit for five minutes.  Slice in small pieces to be place on top of lettuce to serve.

To serve, place desired amount of baby lettuce leaves on plate.  Top with cooked chicken breasts and Mandarin Oranges.  Whisk dressing and then drizzle over the top.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I really liked this!

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