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Mandarin Chicken Salad

This mandarin chicken salad is super flavorful as the chicken is marinated in a lemon vinaigrette. Spinach, avocados and mandarin slices complete the salad.

Mandarin Chicken Salad | www.downshiftology.com

The other night I made a simple lemon vinaigrette for another salad. But oops, I accidentally made too much and had heaps left over. So I decided to use that vinaigrette as a marinade for some chicken breasts. Then I threw those chicken breast on the barbie!

Who knew the lemony-garlic flavor of the vinaigrette would be so scrumptious on the chicken? I sure didn’t, but I loved it! And it paired perfectly with the other ingredients I had on hand to make this mandarin chicken salad.

Needless to say, I’m definitely going to make that vinaigrette/chicken marinade again. Sometimes an oops in one area ends up being a gem in another.

Ooh, that sounds like a good life lesson.

Salads and life lessons….a perfect pair.

Enjoy!

Mandarin and Chicken Salad | www.downshiftology.com

 

Mandarin Chicken Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Marinating Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 2
Author: Lisa Bryan
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This mandarin chicken salad is super flavorful as the chicken is marinated in a lemon vinaigrette. Spinach, avocados and mandarin slices complete the salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 5 cups spinach
  • 4 mandarins, peeled and separated
  • 1 avocado, ripe and diced

Lemon Vinaigrette:

Instructions

  • Mix the vinaigrette ingredients together and pour 3/4 of it into a container, along with the chicken to marinate. Ideally, you should marinate the chicken overnight but a few hours is fine as well.
  • Heat a barbecue or grill pan to medium hot. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes on each side, then remove and set aside.
  • Separate the spinach between two plates. Top with the mandarin slices and avocado.
  • Slice the chicken and place one breast on top of each salad.
  • Drizzle the remainder of the vinaigrette over the salads.

Nutrition

Calories: 528kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 53g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 144mg, Sodium: 331mg, Potassium: 2034mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 8445IU, Vitamin C: 80.9mg, Calcium: 163mg, Iron: 3.7mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Salad, Mandarin Chicken Salad
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