Blackened Chicken Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Source: Cooking Light Magazine, May 1995
CL Comments: Although we've provided a spice mix for blackening the chicken, there are several commercial mixes you can use. but be forewarned: They are high in salt. If you like your food hot, try Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning line. If you prefer it mild, try McCormick's Cajun Seasoning mix.
Amy's Comments: I wasn't so sure about this as I was putting it together, but the flavors worked well together. It's a very hearty salad and the cajun seasoning (I used Penzeys) contrasts the tart salad base nicely!

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups chopped tomato
3/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon honey
4 (4-ounce) skinned, boned chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons Spicy Seasoning
Vegetable cooking spray
1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
8 cups torn romaine lettuce
Flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a bowl, and toss well. Cover and chill.
  2. Combine lemon juice, mustard, water, and honey in a large bowl; stir well with a wire whisk. Cover and chill.
  3. Rub chicken with Spicy Seasoning. Coat a large heavy skillet with cooking spray, and place over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken, and cook 7 minutes on each side or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from skillet, and let cool. Cut chicken across grain into thin slices, and set aside.
  4. Steam snap peas, covered, for 2 minutes. Rinse under cold water, and drain. Add snap peas and lettuce to the lemon juice mixture, and toss well. Divide the lettuce mixture evenly among 4 large salad bowls; top each serving with 1 cup of the tomato mixture and 1 sliced chicken breast half. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

H.U: 6 per serving
CALORIES 298(16% from fat); FAT 5.4g (sat 1g,mono 1.2g,poly 1.2g); PROTEIN 32.1g; CHOLESTEROL 72mg; CALCIUM 113mg; SODIUM 1205mg; FIBER 6.6g; IRON 5.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 31g

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