Grilled Chicken Salad kind of seems like a no-brainer, right? But I’ve got a delicious method for grilling the chicken that really brings in some amazing flavor to this typically “boring” dish!
The key to a great salad is to have flavors that blend well and compliment each other. I like a little crunch, a little sweet, a little smooth, a little creamy, and a little kick.
I always start by making the easiest grilled chicken right on my stovetop. To cook the chicken, you just need your chicken tenders, some diced onion, and a lot of garlic. Heat up some olive oil in the pan and cook up those onions until they are nice and soft, then add the garlic and saute for fifteen seconds of so (not too long – garlic burns very easily!). The fragrant garlic and onion sauteing together is one of my favorite cooking smells!
Season that chicken with lots of salt and pepper. Or not a lot. This is really a personal preference. But definitely give it a good sprinkling of both.
Place the chicken in the pan and cook until they are golden brown on both sides. I love this point – my kitchen smalls AMAZING! Once they are cooked through, remove them from the pan and set aside.
Now it’s time to make your salad. Chop up your favorite veggies and salad toppings – my favorites are hard boiled eggs, sweet peppers, tomatoes, and of course my favorite Spicy Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing and homemade croutons (not pictured, but click on the link and you can grab those recipes). Just about any of your favorite salad toppings will work – what’s yours?
There you have it – my favorite grilled chicken salad!
- *makes enough for two salads
- 4 chicken tenders
- 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Salad fixings
- Generously sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Heat olive oil over medium high heat.
- Add onions and cook until soft.
- Stir in garlic for fifteen seconds.
- Add chicken to the pan and cook until both sides are nice and golden brown, and chicken is cooked through.
- Create your salad layers, topping with the sliced grilled chicken.
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