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Apricot Salsa Grilled Chicken Salad

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Apricot Salsa Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 4
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Add sizzle to dinner salad with chicken hot off the grill and a peppy fruit salsa.
Jul 22, 2013

Ingredients

  • Salsa
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) apricot preserves
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) sliced green onions
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) grated orange peel
  • Salad
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb/625 g)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) garlic salt
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) bite-size pieces mixed salad greens

Steps

  • 1
    Reserve 2 tablespoons of the orange juice; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, heat apricots and remaining orange juice to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 3 to 5 minutes or until most of the orange juice is absorbed. Cool 15 minutes. In small bowl, mix reserved 2 tablespoons orange juice, the preserves and oil. Stir in apricot mixture and remaining salsa ingredients.
  • 2
    Heat gas or charcoal grill. Brush chicken with oil; sprinkle with garlic salt. Place chicken on grill. Cover grill; cook over medium heat 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when centre of thickest part is cut (170°F). Cut chicken into 1/2-inch slices.
  • 3
    Divide salad greens among 4 plates. Top with chicken and salsa.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Substitution: Dried peaches and peach preserves can be substituted for the dried apricots and apricot preserves. If apricot nectar is available in your area, it would make a delicious alternative to the orange juice.
  • Tip 2
    How-To:  To create neat pieces of bell pepper, cut it into 1/4-inch strips. Then line up 4 to 6 strips side by side with the flesh side up, and cut into pieces with a sharp knife.
  • Tip 3
    Health Twist:  Omit about 4 grams of fat in this recipe by spraying the chicken breasts with olive oil-flavoured cooking spray instead of brushing them with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Nutrition Information

340 Calories, 12g Total Fat, 34g Protein, 26g Total Carbs, 20g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4 Servings
Calories
340
Total Fat
12g
Saturated Fat
2g
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
85mg
Sodium
230mg
Total Carbs
26g
Dietary Fiber
4g
Sugars
20g
Protein
34g
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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