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Strawberry Chicken Salad

Strawberry Chicken Salad is mouthwatering summer concoction of chicken, freshly picked strawberries, creamy goat cheese, spinach, crisp red onions, and cucumbers covered in a light and refreshing balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken salad, strawberry chicken salad, strawberry salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 538 kcal

Ingredients

MARINADE

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

SALAD

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 6 cups baby spinach, or your favorite greens
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, or your favorite cheese

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, shallots, garlic, honey, water, thyme, salt, and pepper. You will need to mix this together a few times before serving, the oil will naturally separate.
  2. Place the raw chicken into a plastic zip-lock bag and pour half of the vinaigrette on top. Seal the bag and chill for 20 minutes (you can do this longer for extra flavor)
  3. In a non-stick pan or skillet, cook the chicken over medium heat, about 7 minutes on each side. Make sure the chicken is cooked through the center and has an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You may need to adjust the time based on the thickness of your chicken.
  4. While chicken is cooking, slice your strawberries, cucumbers and red onions.
  5. Set cooked chicken onto a cutting board, let rest for 5 minutes, and then slice.
  6. In a large bowl, add spinach, cucumbers, red onions, strawberries, and the remaining vinaigrette dressing. Toss to coat.
  7. Divide between 4 plates and top each salad with chicken and goat cheese.
  8. Serve immediately.

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