Lemon Pepper Chicken over Garden Salad

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Posted by Mia | Posted in healthy recipes, Picnic Food And Recipes | Posted on 16-08-2012

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picnic lemon pepper chicken over garden salad

picnic lemon pepper chicken over garden salad

Sandwiches are great– but they can get boring at a picnic. Sometimes you want a plate of healthy, wholesome foods for a picnic! This delicious lemon-pepper chicken breast over garden salad dish will make a spectacular presentation. It’s so fresh and vibrant, just looking at it will remind you of a summer day and make you long to haul your picnic basket out of storage.

 

Ingredients:

1-1/2 to 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast

3 tbsp olive oil

1 squeezed lemon

1 teaspoon (about 2 cloves) minced garlic

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

1 tsp finely ground poultry seasoning blend

Lettuce

Cucumber

Tomato

Red onion

Nonstick cooking spray

Salad dressing

 

This will make enough to serve 6 to 8 people, but you can easily halve or double this recipe.

Get a package of chicken breast that’s boned and skinned, ready to go.

boneless, skinless chicken breast

boneless, skinless chicken breast

Lay the breast on a cutting board and slice it into thin slices, holding the knife on an angle.

2 slice 'em thin!

2 slice 'em thin!

 

You want to make what looks like chicken fingers.

just right

just right

 

As you slice, pile them up in a big bowl.

 

pile 'em up

pile 'em up

 

 

Now for the marinade. Start with olive oil.

a little EVOO

a little EVOO

 

Add lemon juice.

freshly squeezed lemon juice

freshly squeezed lemon juice

 

Put in some garlic.

minced garlic

minced garlic

 

Add salt and pepper.

 

freshly ground!

freshly ground!

 

Get a store brand poultry seasoning mix to give it even more flavor.

 

this blend uses finely ground sage, rosemary and thyme

this blend uses finely ground sage, rosemary and thyme

Mix them around very well, turning and separating the chicken pieces until they are well and evenly coated.

mix well

mix well

 

Cover them up, them up and put them in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes, though you can leave them for up to 2 or 3 hours.

keep it cool

keep it cool

 

In the mean while, start your salad in a big bowl. This type of bowl that comes with handles and a cover is perfect because it can go right into the picnic basket. Start with your favorite chopped lettuce, or with a ready-made bag mix.

any lettuce or salad blend will do

any lettuce or salad blend will do

 

Slice in some cucumbers.

 

a cool and refreshing addition

a cool and refreshing addition

 

Throw in some tomatoes.

makes it juicy and sweet

makes it juicy and sweet

 

Red onion gives a nice flavor.

 

adds a sharp bite of flavor

adds a sharp bite of flavor

You don’t have to stop there. You can shred carrots, put in sliced olives, add some bell pepper or artichoke hearts– whatever you like in your salad!

just makes me want to pack up the picnic basket right now

just makes me want to pack up the picnic basket right now

 

Get the frying pan ready on the heat at medium-high. If you prefer, you can use the grill. There’s enough oil in the marinade to discourage sticking, but to be sure you can give the surface a spritz of nonstick cooking spray.

 

just as an added non-stick precaution for older pans

just as an added non-stick precaution for older pans

When the cooking surface is hot, lay out the chicken pieces nice and flat. Space them out a bit; you want the heat and air to circulate around them.

 

no crowding please!

no crowding please!

Watch the edges. When they begin getting whitish to golden brown, it’s time to flip. That should take about 2 to 3 minutes.

 

watch the edges

watch the edges

 

Turn them over with the tongs, keeping them spaced out. Adjust the heat higher or lower if necessary– you want that golden brown color. It’s better to let them cook a little longer than risk burning them.

beautiful color!

beautiful color!

Use a meat thermometer to check them. They are safe when they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Carry over heat will bring them up to about 165. Don’t overcook them! Breasts can get very tough if overcooked.

 

always play it safe!

always play it safe!

Get a clean, fresh pair of tongs to remove the cooked chicken. Remove the batch and put them in a container. Do the rest of the chicken in batches.

never touch cooked food with utensils that touched raw food

never touch cooked food with utensils that touched raw food

 

Lay them over the garden salad and serve with your favorite salad dressing.

 

a picnic fit for a king

a picnic fit for a king

 

They also make a kicking sandwich on a kaiser roll topped with some mayo, lettuce and tomato!

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