Grilled Chicken and Mango Salad
For the Chicken:
2 split chicken breasts
1 T olive oil
1 t Herbs de Provence
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 C golden balsamic vinegar
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
1 T dijon mustard
1 t maple syrup
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Baby greens or romaine lettuce
1 mango, diced
1/2 C candied pecans, chopped
1/4 C sunflower seeds, toasted
1. Wash and dry chicken breasts, then generously season with salt. Add lemon juice and olive oil and lastly the Herbs de Provence. Let sit for at least an hour in the fridge.
2. Heat a stove-top grill (or a real one, by all means!) over med-high heat. Take chicken out and let sit at room temp for about 10 minutes before grilling. You’ll have to be the judge on time since there are so many X factors, but I grilled for about 12 minutes on one side, then about 10 on the other. (These chicken breasts also needed a bit of grill time on their sides which they got for a few minutes each.) Internal temps should be 165 degrees.
3. When done, cut chicken into strips and set aside.
1. Whisk all ingredients together until emulsified. Taste test with a bit of lettuce/greens and adjust accordingly. A bit of lemon juice may round things out a bit if you’re not sure what it needs.
2. Just before assembling salad, dress the greens in dressing reserving some for chicken at the end.
Get your salad on:
1. With dressed greens in bowls, top with mango, pecans and sunflower seeds. Lastly, top with chicken and IF you think it needs it, add more dressing.
*A quick word on free-range vs. pastured chickens. Unfortunately the regulations are loose and therefore the definitions are, too. A free-range chicken can mean that the chicken saw a few minutes of daylight on a concrete slab before heading back into a crowded warehouse. Pastured means the chickens at least got access to grass and natural, wild food. It’s tough to tell what’s best by the labels. My two cents is, if possible, get your animal protein directly from a reputable farm. For more info, http://www.motherearthnews.com/Relish/Free-Range-Versus-Pastured-Chicken-And-Eggs.aspx