BLT Chicken Salad

Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Chicken Salad

This takes the one of the most loved sandwiches in the world and turns it into a salad! Bacon, lettuce and tomatoes are naturals with oven fried chicken, feta cheese and a peppery ranch dressing.

My winter cravings for summer food are right on time. Like clockwork every February I start craving giant dinner-size salads and fresh berries by the tub fulls.

Funny thing about the salads because when I was a kid I wouldn’t eat them. I was a picky eater to the tenth degree. I watched my family, including my younger sister, devour them with gusto while I sat there with an empty plate. I felt left out.

When I finally did work up enough nerve to put a piece of lettuce in my mouth as luck would have it there was ranch dressing all over it. Need I say more? I couldn’t stop eating! Relief. I wasn’t the odd one out anymore.

Now when I get a craving for salad I eat them twice a day for days on end until I can’t bear to even look at them. After a few days or sometimes weeks of avoidance the cycle repeats itself all over again.

I can’t think of a more delicious way to welcome salad back into my life after the long parade of soups and casseroles that have marched across my dinner table. This has all the elements I look for in a salad!

The saltiness of the bacon, the crunch and juiciness of the chicken, tangy bites of feta, the bright acidity of the tomatoes, crisp lettuce and the peppery bite of the milky dressing to tie it all together.

Thank goodness for ranch dressing or I don’t know where I’d be.

{Most likely somewhere not eating salad.}

BLT and Chicken Salad

BLT Chicken Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 entree-size salads

BLT Chicken Salad

Bacon, lettuce and tomatoes are naturals with oven fried chicken, feta cheese and a peppery ranch dressing.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup fat-free buttermilk, divided
1 large egg lightly beaten
3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) or seasoned bread crumbs
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts or cutlets
black pepper
coarse/kosher salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
12 cups chopped romaine hearts or romaine/iceberg mix
2 cups chopped plum tomatoes
8 slices bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
1/2 cup crumbled feta or blue cheese
4 thin slices red onion

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Lightly grease a large roasting pan.
  2. Combine 1/2 cup buttermilk with the egg in a shallow dish. Place bread crumbs in a separate shallow dish. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dip each one in the egg mixture, allow excess to drip off then dredge in the bread crumbs patting on with your hands if needed. Place in the pan.
  3. Bake 15 - 30 minutes depending on their size until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 164 to 175 degrees F.
  4. Meanwhile make the dressing: Whisk 1/2 cup buttermilk, mayonnaise, dill, chives, vinegar, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper together.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked allow it to sit 5 minutes then thinly slice it on an angle.
  6. Divide the lettuce between 4 plates, top with 1/2 cup tomatoes each and the chicken. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with the bacon, cheese and red onion.

Notes:

Adapted from My Recipes

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/blt-chicken-salad/

Comments

  1. Michelle says

    I love this! I went through a phase in college where all I ate was BLT’s. I remember packing stuff to make BLT’s on a snowboarding trip.

  2. Cheryl Kennedy says

    My favorite sandwich in the Summer when tomatoes are fresh out of the garden is mayo and tomato on home made white bread. I sometimes add lettuce; especially leaf lettuce also right out of the garden.

  3. Kathy says

    YEA!!!! A recipe that doesn’t use bottled ranch! Can’t have anything with MSG (mirgraines) so its hard to find stuff. This looks so yummy. Can’t wait to try it!

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