Paula M Naranjo/Parent Editor
By Julia – The Roasted Root
Herby Greek Chicken Salad with baked chicken, spinach, avocado, red onion,pine nuts, and an amazing Greek salad dressing. This fresh and flavorful dinner salad recipe is a filling, clean meal worthy of putting on repeat!
The bad news is…we must cook chicken. From a scientific standpoint, this does require heat.
I don’t make up the rules. Nor do I often follow them.
But the good news is (part two), the chicken is crazy tender and lovely, and can just as easily be grilled or baked…pick your passion!
AND the good news is (part three) this salad is CRAZY herby and will take you away on a mental vacation to the beautiful Mediterranean.
At first glance, this recipe appears to call for eleventy billion ingredients; however, you’ll notice many of them are herbs or spices for the salad dressing and the chicken marinade, many of which cross-over to both the dressing and the marinade.
AND most of which you likely already have in your spice collection!
Don’t worry, the process is easy – it’s a 3-stepper.
Here’s how this plays out in detail:
Begin by preparing the Greek salad dressing. To do so, add all ingredients to a small blender and blend until well-combined and creamy. Use immediately or store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Place chicken in a sealable bag or container along with oil, lemon juice, herbs, and sea salt. Seal the bag and move everything around until well-coated. Marinate 15 minutes or up to 8 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place chicken in a casserole dish.
Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
Transfer chicken to a cutting board and allow it to rest 10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to distribute throughout the meat, yielding the most tender result.
Chop the chicken into cubes. If you’re making the chicken in advance, I recommend refrigerating the chicken prior to chopping it. This way, your chicken stays nice and moist and tender AND you end up with a completely chilled salad. salad).
Divide the spinach, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, avocado, and pine nuts among 4 large salad bowls. Top with herby roast chicken and Greek salad dressing. Enjoy!
As an alternative, you can add all of the salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl and drizzle in the dressing to toss it before serving.
COURSE: MAIN COURSE, SALAD
CUISINE: AMERICAN, GREEK, MEDITERRANEAN
KEYWORD: BAKED CHICKEN, KETO, LOW-CARB, PALEO, SPINACH SALAD, WHOLE30
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES
SERVINGS: 4 PEOPLE AUTHOR: JULIA
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