Chicken Apple Salad… I am not scoring any winning points with that title, am I?
Hear me out: This is a delicious recipe that offers full satisfaction, great nutrition and pretty colors on the plate. What else do you want?
I consume about 1,700-2,000 calories daily (except on those days I drink wine) and this makes a phenomenal dinner or lunch. The dish tastes fresh and it fills up a plate. So, you get the satisfaction of good taste, volume and color.
- 12 oz. boneless and skinless chicken breast, cut into 1- to 2-inch thin strips
- 1 Tbsp. baking soda
- 2 cups of water
- 2 small apples (any kind… I use one granny smith and a sweeter kind for the other), sliced thin (no need to peel)
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 lime, juiced and zest
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil (reduce this to 1 Tbsp if you are watching fat grams)
- 1 Tbsp. mixed nuts (OPTIONAL… The nutrition facts assume you are using them… hence the higher fat content. Skip if fat gram conscious)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Soak the chicken in the water with the baking soda for 15-20 minutes. This will make the chicken ridiculously tender. Baking soda soak is the secret to the tender meats in Chinese restaurants. They soak their meats in soda (sounded dirty, didn’t it?) for at least an hour to achieve than silky yet crunchy taste. For the soak to work, the chicken has to be in small bite size chunks. So do not get lazy. If you have a full hour to soak, you can reduce the baking soda to 1 tsp instead.
Rinse the chicken well. Pat dry.
Spray a non-stick pan with oil and heat until hot on medium heat. Cook the chicken until well done, approximately 8-10 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, mix the lime juice, zest, jalapeno, olive oil in a small bowl to make the dressing.
Combine the chicken, all other ingredients in a large bowl and then toss with dressing. Serves 2.
Here are the nutrition facts, courtesy of the recipe calculator at SparkPeople: