Monday, July 1, 2013

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

Mom made a new recipe for dindin last night and we helped her make it!
It's called Apple Pecan Chicken Salad~~

Pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery story... or throw a few chicken breasts on the grill.

8 cups mixed greens or baby spinach
 1/3 cup sliced red onion
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped

 1/2 cup spicy sugared pecans* (recipe below)
 1 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken, skin removed and cut into bite-size pieces
Apple vinaigrette dressing* (recipe below)

1.  Layer greens, onion slices, blue cheese, chopped apples and spicy pecans on a dinner plate.
2.  Top with chicken pieces.
3.  Drizzle dressing over salad to taste.

 Spicy Sugar Pecans:

1/2 cup sugar
2 cups pecan halves
Generous pinch cayenne powder

Heat above ingredients in skillet over med-low heat.  After several minutes, the sugar will begin to look sticky... and then begin to melt.  Stir continuously, coating nuts with melted sugar.  When sugar is completely melted and turns amber in color, remove from heat and spread nuts on foil lined pan. Allow to cool and break into pieces.
~~~Mom pulled a dumb move here.  She thought that she could cut corners and not spread the nuts on the foil lined pan.  She left them in the skillet.  WRONG!  The pecans hardened in the pan and she needed a mallet and chisel to remove them!  haha    She did get 99% of them out but she ended up putting water in the pan and boiling it on the stove to get her pan clean!
Haste makes waste, mom!


1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Can we make this again soon?  It was delicious and we helped!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly


Roan said...

Yummy! I have snitched the recipe. ;)

Gus said...

OOOOHHHH....we are gonna try that one. We predict the muzzer will eat more Pee Cans than ever hit the salad, but she says that is "chef's privilege."

gussie n teka

Molly The Wally said...

Haste makes waste LOL! Looks great. We must give it a go. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Given all the 'taste-testing' you did, we were amazed to see any salad made it to your parents' plates! Sounds quite yummy - and our Mom will definitely give us chicken bits (and apples) so we'll have to make sure she sees this! ;-)

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

Anonymous said...

I love it when helping means tasting :)

The Army of Four said...

Oh, YUM! And our Mom says YUM, too! That sounds great - and you were SO HELPFUL!

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Sounds like a great recipe - but you know our Mom would change one thing - she is weird - she loves the chicken best and would leave out the meat !!!!

Two French Bulldogs said...

We're hungry
Benny & Lily

Sue said...

Mom wanted to make an apple pie with Granny Smiths but the only ones she could find in the store were little and bruised. She made her pie anyway and when she went back to the store they didn't have any at all.
Morgan, Sebastian, the Porties, Syd and Mac

Milo Robinson said...

Yummy looks delicious!!!
Love Milo :)

Anonymous said...

Mom got it copied, she will try it soon, don't think we will get to help though, we tend to mess with everything!

The Mad Scots

harrispen said...

Let us know when you are making it again and we will be right over. Yum!

Millie & Walter

scotsmad said...

Sounds delicious!

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

Dougall-the-Scottie said...

Floydie'd be in it, he loves apple!

Ruby said...

Ooooh, that looks DELISH!!!
And, I see that the beards are nice and wet with the slobber! BOL
I'll be right over for the leftovers...
Ruby ♥

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Everything in your dish is good but you know Sue and Pups I would have to change it some.. It seems I can't make anything with out changing it some. LOL So happy you had it tonight!!!

chicamom85 said...

OMD that looks and sounds soooo yummy!!! I love your header picture, you are both so cute

Loveys Sasha

Jazzi said...

Boy!! You two are the bestest cooks. It looked yummy!!

Jazzi and Addi

parlance said...

Looks delicious. I wonder if I could use another cheese, though. I don't really like blue cheese.

Soggibottom said...

Er, I am missing out on something being here, can I come over to your house and help out too. Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh how I wish for just a taste!
It sounds so yummy

Clark Thomas said...

I see that the beards are nice and wet with the slobber!Challenge coins