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Easy Chicken Recipe: Fast & Healthy Salads, Chop, Mix, Serve!

You can grill it, bake it, fry it, steam it, or cook it anyway you like. You can flavor it with herbs, spices, seasonings from all over the world - as long as you know what you're doing, the dish will turn out fine.Chicken is one of the most versatile meats on the planet. It becomes a great canvas that amplifies flavors into their full glory.

One of the healthiest things you can make with chicken is a great salad with lots of colorful vegetables, fruits and legumes. A filling chicken salad can be a healthy lunch or dinner and is very relatively to make.

 

Chinese Chicken Salad with Homemade Easy Dressing (Yummy Healthy Easy)

Most families turn to Chinese food for a filling dinner especially during busy weeknights. But those boxes of fast food can take its toll on your health if you don't watch out! If you're craving for Chinese food, try out this Chinese Chicken Salad with Homemade Easy Dressing from Yummy Healthy Easy. It's bursting with flavors and is very healthy too!

"The homemade salad dressing is so simple to make with only a few ingredients. It completes this incredible Chinese Chicken Salad! Instead of throwing that seasoning packet away from the ramen noodles, I used it in the dressing along with a little oil, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper."

Ingredients
Salad:

  • 1 bunch romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 package Chicken flavor Top Ramen, noodles crushed
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cooked and cubed
  • 1 large can mandarin oranges, drained

Dressing:

  • 1 flavor packet from the Top Ramen
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • ¾ Tbsp. Truvia Baking Blend (or about 1½ Tbsp. sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt 

via Chinese Chicken Salad with Homemade Easy Dressing (Yummy Healthy Easy)

 

Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad (One Upon A Chef)

Vietnamese cuisine is known for its zesty freshness and healthy goodness. If you're looking for a light salad to feed you family after a weekend of binge, this Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad from One Upon A Chef might just be your best bet. The dressing is light and tasty, and can hold up without sriracha if your kids don't like spicy food. 

"I can get away with serving this salad for dinner — it’s satisfying and full of bright, spicy Southeast Asian flavor. It’s easy too. You simply shred a rotisserie chicken, chop some veggies, whisk the dressing and dinner is done."

Ingredients:

For the Salad

  • 2 heaping cups cooked shredded chicken, from one store-bought rotisserie chicken
  • 4 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grated or matchstick carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts

For the Dressing

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, from about 3 limes
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (preferably a brand imported from Thailand or Vietnam)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

via Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad (One Upon A Chef)

 

BBQ Chicken Salad (Well Plated By Erin)

This BBQ Chicken Salad posted in Well Plated By Erin is a chunky, filling and healthy plate of comfort that will surely invigorate you after a long day at work or school. Packed with healthy vegetables and protein-rich beans, this dinner salad offers wholesome goodness on a weeknight. 

"By making my own BBQ Chicken Salad at home, I was able to load it with as large a serving of crisp veggies, juicy chicken, and crunchy tortilla chips as my heart desired."

Ingredients:
FOR THE BBQ CHICKEN SALAD:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons prepared BBQ sauce (your favorite brand)
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup canned low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup canned Mexicorn, drained
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • Crushed tortilla chips or strips, for serving
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

FOR THE BBQ RANCH DRESSING:

  • 1/3 cup prepared light ranch dressing (I found a Greek yogurt–based dressing in the refrigerated section of the grocery store that I love)
  • 1 tablespoon prepared BBQ sauce

via BBQ Chicken Salad (Well Plated By Erin)

 

Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:

Bought too much raw chicken and need to freeze it? Be sure to wrap chicken tightly in freezer paper or plastic wrap. Wrap it in a layer of aluminum foil and place inside a zip-top freezer bag before popping in the freezer. This procedure allows meat to be kept for three months.   

 



Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.

 

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