• BLT Chicken Salad Recipe

    Current salad obsession: BLT Chicken Salad!

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    When I was a kid, we ate lots of BLTs on Wonder bread (I still remember the mayo making the bread stick to the roof of my mouth!), store-bought mayo, and a few slices of bacon.

    There’s a certain nostalgia to this combination of BLT flavors, so I’m not surprised that lately, I’ve been on a kick with the salad version of this classic American favorite.

    Of course, my salad has no bread and uses lettuce, tomato, and sweet onion as the base. I used iceberg lettuce because I like the crunchy freshness, but feel free to use whatever lettuce or greens you like.

    Could you make a gluten-free, “paleo” bread to put these ingredients on it? I suppose, but I’m not a fan of paleo baking – it’s time-consuming and the ingredients are expensive – so I just skip the bread-like vehicles and stick to veggies.

    Topping it with some quick, oven-baked chicken (or using up whatever’s leftover in the fridge) adds much-needed protein. Of course, if you are doing Whole30, use compliant bacon!

    I dressed the whole thing with leftover chimichurri, but the sky is really the limit. Some ideas from the recipe archives:

    This BLT Chicken Salad would also be great if you subbed out the chicken for chopped up leftover burger patties to make a burger salad! Get creative with it.

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    BLT Chicken Salad Recipe

    Preparation 15 mins 2017-03-29T00:15:00+00:00
    Cook Time 30 mins 2017-03-29T00:30:00+00:00
    Serves Serves 4     adjust servings

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb (454 g) chicken breast or tenderloins
    • Sea salt and pepper
    • 4 to 6 strips high-quality bacon
    • 1 head iceberg lettuce, cored and chopped
    • 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
    • 1/2 cup sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 1/4 medium sweet onion)
    • Dressing of choice

    Instructions

    1. First you’ll get the chicken cooked. Preheat the oven to 400F (204C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Arrange the chicken on the sheet in one layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If the chicken breasts are very thick, I make them thinner by slicing them in half using a butterfly cut all the way through the meat. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink. Allow to cool, then chop or dice and set aside.
    2. Lower the oven temperature to 350F (177C). Line a baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil. Arrange the bacon on the sheet in one layer. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the bacon is cooked to your desired doneness. I like mine crispy for this salad to provide some texture. Remove from the oven and cool, then chop it.
    3. To serve, in a large bowl toss the lettuce, tomato, onion, and cooked chicken in your dressing of choice, then top with the crispy bacon.

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    BLT Chicken Salad Recipe
    Author: Steph Gaudreau – Stupid Easy Paleo
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    Serves: Serves 4
    Ingredients
    • 1 lb (454 g) chicken breast or tenderloins
    • Sea salt and pepper
    • 4 to 6 strips high-quality bacon
    • 1 head iceberg lettuce, cored and chopped
    • 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
    • 1/2 cup sweet onion, thinly sliced (about 1/4 medium sweet onion)
    • Dressing of choice
    Instructions
    1. First you’ll get the chicken cooked. Preheat the oven to 400F (204C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Arrange the chicken on the sheet in one layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. If the chicken breasts are very thick, I make them thinner by slicing them in half using a butterfly cut all the way through the meat. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink. Allow to cool, then chop or dice and set aside.
    2. Lower the oven temperature to 350F (177C). Line a baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil. Arrange the bacon on the sheet in one layer. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the bacon is cooked to your desired doneness. I like mine crispy for this salad to provide some texture. Remove from the oven and cool, then chop it.
    3. To serve, in a large bowl toss the lettuce, tomato, onion, and cooked chicken in your dressing of choice, then top with the crispy bacon.
    Notes
    *To save time, prepare the chicken and bacon on one of your weekly food prep days. It will cut the prep time down to 5 minutes![br][br]Equipment Needed:[br][url href=”http://amzn.to/17TDFez”]Cutting board[/url][br][url href=”http://amzn.to/1cd6Lre” target=”_blank”]Knife[/url][br][url href=”https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-CTO6335S-Convection-Countertop/dp/B0043E6PLC/ref=sr_1_6?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1480555266&sr=1-6&keywords=Oven” target=”_blank”]Oven[/url]Baking sheet[br][url href=”https://www.amazon.com/Dansk-Christianshavn-Blue-Large-Serving/dp/B0000CFP2W/ref=sr_1_20?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1480555286&sr=1-20&keywords=Large+bowl” target=”_blank”]Large bowl[/url]

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    What’s your favorite salad combination?

    Steph Gaudreau is a certified holistic nutrition practitioner, weightlifting and mindset coach, and the author of the best-selling Performance Paleo Cookbook. Her recipes and expert advice have been featured in SELF, Outside Magazine, Elle, and Greatist. Steph loves barbells, cats, and anything Lord of the Rings. She lives in San Diego, CA.

    11 thoughts on “BLT Chicken Salad Recipe

    1. Hi there!
      Do you recommend supplements for after workout?
      And or pre workout?

      I recently re started cross fitting again and am just looking to get the most out of my workouts with the fastest results keeping my muscles and body healthy.

      Kindly,
      Jennifer

      1. Hi Jennifer,

        I first and foremost advocate for whole food nutrition. Things like collagen and Pure Pharma’s D, Magnesium and Omega can help fill in the gaps for hardworking athletes. Magnesium is essential for cellular recovery. Omega 3’s are essential fats that our bodies don’t produce. Collagen helps with joint recovery. Hope that helps.

    2. This looks seriously good. I’ll try this with turkey as well as chicken 🙂
      I love the bowl your using in the picture, it reminds me of Spain.
      god post!

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    4. I finally tried this – I’ve been missing out! I added avocado and dressed it with nothing but the juice of a lemon and it was SO GOOD.

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