BLT Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad
Allison Beck

Ingredients

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  • 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 10 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cooked to a crisp and crumbled into ½-inch bits, bacon fat reserved
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup baby spinach or lettuce, chiffonaded
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)

Growing up, there was a local market in my hometown that had this BLT chicken salad that we'd get made into sandwiches or packed alone into half pints, even by the quart container if we were having friends over for lunch and short on time.

Sweet and moist roast chicken is tossed with salty and crisp bacon, then combined with juicy tomatoes and crisp green lettuce. Toss it with mayo, or do as I did and toss it with a bit of bacon fat for added depth of flavor and ease. Serve it atop a bed of greens with scones for a ladies lunch, or pack it between slices of toasted multigrain bread for a healthy, hearty lunch that is sure to satisfy.

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Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Season the skin side of the chicken liberally with salt and pepper and bake for about 30 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked through. Cool completely.

Tear chicken meat off bone, including skin, if desired. Toss with torn bacon, halved tomatoes, lettuce, and a bit of bacon fat, or mayonnaise, if desired, to combine. Season to taste. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

482 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

24%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 39g 60%
  • Carbs 3g 1%
  • Saturated 13g 63%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 17g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 28g 57%
  • Cholesterol 107mg 36%
  • Sodium 576mg 24%
  • Calcium 25mg 2%
  • Magnesium 41mg 10%
  • Potassium 476mg 14%
  • Iron 1mg 7%
  • Zinc 2mg 11%
  • Phosphorus 276mg 39%
  • Vitamin A 80µg 9%
  • Vitamin C 7mg 12%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 19%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 9%
  • Niacin (B3) 12mg 60%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 36%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 24µg 6%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 11%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin K 39µg 49%
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