Sometimes the easiest of meals are one of the most delicious ones don't you think? I love a nice salad. I really do! Even though I enjoy mostly all types of salads, what I enjoy the most is for the salad to have enough topping to greens ratio, does that make sense?
When I get a salad and there are maybe 2 little pieces of topping and then the remainder of the salad consists of just greens. Well, it's disappointing, at least to me.
To me there is such visual enjoyment when I see a salad that is brimming with toppings all nestled nicely above greens of your choice. It's so thrilling to realize that wherever your fork will land, once raised it will be filled with utter goodness, not just greens.
Okay, it's just me, I'm weird that way, no worries!
Ready for this simple recipe? Here we go;
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Yield: 4 Dinner Salads
2 large chicken breasts, diced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried coriander
4 tbsp butter, divided (2 + 2)
1/2 cup hot sauce (I used Franks)
8 slices Applewood smoked bacon (can use bacon of choice)
1 small red onion sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 English cucumber, sliced
2 cups Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, cubed
8 cups greens of choice
(I used a mixture of; Arugula, Swiss Chard & Romaine)
Dressing of choice *highly recommended Blue Cheese or Ranch*
-Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
-Using a small baking tray, line with foil (for easier clean up), lay your bacon strips on the tray and set aside.
-In a medium frying pan, melt your 2 tbsp of butter, when butter has melted, add your diced chicken breasts. Season all sides with the dried seasonings and cook till no longer pink, a few minutes.
-In a small baking dish (9 x 9), add the diced chicken. Pour the hot sauce evenly over the chicken and dot the remaining 2 tbsp of butter on top of the sauce and chicken.
-Bake both the bacon and the chicken (stirring the chicken occasionally) for approximately 20-25 minutes.
-As the chicken and bacon are baking, wash, dry and prep your greens. Cube the cheese.
-Using four dinner dishes, assemble 2 cups of greens to each dish. Add the tomatoes, onions and cucumbers evenly to each dish as well. Add on that amazing cubed cheese and set aside.
-When the chicken and bacon are done, evenly divide the chicken over each dish. When cool enough to handle, cut up the bacon into bite size pieces and divide accordingly to each dish as well.
-Drizzle with dressing of choice and serve.
An easy, delicious yet utterly satisfying salad of love!
Till next time!
Dishin with Didi