BLT Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad
Allison Beck

Ingredients

  •  
  • 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:

491 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:

25%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 159g 245%
  • Carbs 11g 4%
  • Saturated 52g 259%
  • Fiber 3g 10%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Monounsaturated 69g
  • Polyunsaturated 28g
  • Protein 115g 230%
  • Cholesterol 433mg 144%
  • Sodium 2,363mg 98%
  • Calcium 100mg 10%
  • Magnesium 166mg 41%
  • Potassium 1,922mg 55%
  • Iron 5mg 28%
  • Zinc 7mg 46%
  • Phosphorus 1,116mg 159%
  • Vitamin A 322µg 36%
  • Vitamin C 29mg 48%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 79%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 38%
  • Niacin (B3) 48mg 242%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 144%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 95µg 24%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 46%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 19%
  • Vitamin K 157µg 196%
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