spicy honey chicken salad with honey citrus vinaigrette

i'm alive.  

to prove it, i'm posting the dinner we had last saturday after a visit to the local carnival.  we shared this delicious meal with my bro/sister-in-law and baby nephew.  it was very, very tasty.

we ate out on the back patio for the first time this year.  best time of year, fo' sho'.

{spicy honey chicken salad with honey citrus vinaigrette}

the chicken was delicious.  especially so cut up and eaten as part of the salad.  a perfect combination of flavors.

spicy honey chicken
recipes via our best bites
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs (i used breasts because it's what i had and it was delicious)
2 tsp canola oil*(see note)

2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp coriander
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder

1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp cider vinegar

combine the rub spices in a bowl and mix well.

drizzle oil over chicken and rub in with your hands to lightly coat all of the pieces.  toss the chicken with the spice rub to coat sides well.  (*you could also just spray the pieces with non stick spray and then sprinkle the rub evenly on each piece - this is what i did).

grill the chicken over low heat for 3-5 minutes on each side until cooked through.

while the chicken is cooking, warm the honey in a microwave save dish so that it is not thick.  add the vinegar and combine well.  reserve 2 tbsp of the glaze for later.  generously brush the rest on both sides of the chicken in the final minutes of grilling. 

cover cooked chicken with foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes.  drizzle the remaining glaze over the chicken and serve with the salad.

spicy honey chicken salad
1-2 heads romaine and/or red leaf lettuce, rinsed and chopped
2 ripe but firm mangoes cut into 1" pieces or sliced
2-3 ripe but firm avocados cut into 1" pieces or sliced
optional: thinly sliced red onion for top

serve salad either by combining everything in a large bowl (included dressing) or, by making individual salads on each plate topped with the sliced chicken.

honey-citrus vinaigrette
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp grated onion
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbsp honey
3/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup canola oil

process all ingredients except for oil in a food processor, blender or, if you're spoiled like me and your mom and dad gave you a handheld mixer for your birthday, use that instead.  once everything is mixed, slowly incorporate the oil.

enjoy with good company and then you're set.

nutritional info pending my non-laziness

1 comment:

Holley @ Lunges and Lashes said...

yummy salad! oh man! perfect summer food! sorry you have no fun issues with your body too! at least i can say i feel you on that. maybe something i learn can help you in figuring out your body?!

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