Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad

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This lemon herb Mediterranean chicken salad recipe is one you will fall in love with. The marinated boneless chicken thighs or chicken breasts are grilled to perfection then added to this colorful and healthy salad. With vegetables like romaine, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion and avocado there is no shortage of flavor, and the salad dressing doubles as the marinade. You'll start by whisking together all of the marinade/salad dressing ingredients in a container. Then pour out half of the marinade into a large, shallow dish and refrigerating the remaining marinade to use as the salad dressing later. It is important to remember not to use the marinade again for cooking or for the salad dressing as it may contain bacteria. Always keep the chicken marinade separate from the salad dressing for the best results. You will also want to be sure and wash your hands properly before cutting and handling the chicken.

This salad recipe is one of the best chicken recipes you will try. Healthy and full of good ingredients you will want to try this recipe again and again. The recipe calls for either boneless chicken breast or boneless chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are always a good option for chicken recipes as they are less expensive, and that goes for the organic or pasture raised chicken too. So you might consider giving chicken thighs a try, they are delicious and you will save some money. A good way to cook chicken thighs is in a preheated 425 degree Fahrenheit oven. You will want to season the chicken breasts with some salt and pepper, and drizzle with some olive oil, which will help the meat brown. You can make a baking sauce if you'd like, this will add a bit more flavor to the chicken, but if you are using for the salad recipe you probably want to skip this. Or you can try pouring the premade salad dressing over the chicken, tossing the two together and spreading onto a baking dish. You don't need to grease the dish, just lay the chicken in the pan. Then bake for about 20 minutes or until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Boneless, skinless thighs cook quickly. So check after 20 minutes, and if they are not quite up to correct temperature, then put them back in the oven and continue cooking and checking the temperature in 5-minute increments. Remove the chicken thighs from the oven and let the meat rest covered, for about 10 minutes. You can cover the baking dish with some aluminum foil while you let the chicken rest. This will help the chicken to be more tender.

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Thank you to Karina for sharing this best chicken recipe for lemon herb Meditterean chicken salad recipe on the Cafe Delites site. This is just one of the chicken breast recipes you will find on the site. Other recipes you will find include healthy chicken breast recipes, breakfast recipes, salad ideas, soup recipes, slow cooker, one pot recipes, dinner ideas and so much more. **

Nutrition Facts for: Lemon Herb Mediterranean Chicken Salad from Cafe Delights
Ingredients: Olive oil, lemon juice, water, red wine vinegar, parsley, basil, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, chicken thighs or breasts, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, Kalamata olives.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings.* Per Serving:Calories 368, Calories from Fat 203, Total Fat 22.6g 35%, Saturated Fat 4.9g 24%, Cholesterol 66mg 22%, Sodium 736mg 31%, Potassium 670mg 19%, Carbohydrates 15.8g 5%, Dietary Fiber 6.2g 25%, Sugars 5.3g, Protein 28.3g, Vitamin A 19%, Vitamin C 51%, Calcium 6%, Iron 21%

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