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Pecan Crusted Chicken and Apple Salad

Ingredients

Chicken:

2 large organic chicken breasts, pounded

1 1/2 cups pecans, finely ground

1/4 tsp. of sea salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup arrowroot powder

1/4 cup water

Olive oil for cooking

Salad:

1 head red leaf lettuce, rinsed and spun dry

1 tart apple, cored and thinly sliced

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 cup dried cranberries or dried tart cherries

Dressing:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/4 tsp. sea salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Rinse the chicken breasts, pound and set aside. Place the pecans, salt and pepper in a food processor and process until finely ground, stopping before they turn in to nut butter. Pour into a shallow, wide bowl. In another shallow bowl, whisk together the arrowroot powder and water. Dip each chicken breast into the arrowroot mixture so it is well coated. Then dip each breast into the ground pecans, coating completely. Set chicken breasts onto a plate.

Heat a large, heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat. Once it has heated for a few minutes, add about 3 Tbsp. of olive oil. Then add the chicken breasts. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, any longer and the pecan will begin to burn. Transfer chicken to an 8 x 8 inch baking dish and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until done. Cool for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl. To make the dressing, add all ingredients to a small jar; cover and shake. Slice the chicken breasts into strips and place over the salad. Drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe from “Nourishing Meals” by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre

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