This chicken salad is a happy medium between the deliciousness of roasted vegetables and hearty pecan garnished chicken breast.

Chicken Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

Serves: 2

  • ½ cup pecans, finely chopped and toasted
  • ½ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground black pepper, for taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ pound cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, for taste
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • Red onion slices
  • Cucumber slices
  • 2 ounces blue cheese
  • Ranch or balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix together pecans, panko, salt, cayenne and black pepper.
  3. Melt butter and oil in ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Dredge chicken in pecan panko mixture. Sauté in skillet until brown on bottom – about 2 minutes.
  5. Turn chicken over and place skillet in oven. Bake 15 to 18 minutes until cooked through. Set aside.
  6. Slice when cool.
  7. Lower oven temperature to 350°F.
  8. Arrange tomatoes on baking sheet and toss with olive oil.
  9. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  10. To assemble, divide greens between two plates.
  11. Arrange red onion, cucumber, roasted tomatoes and chicken over greens.
  12. Top with blue cheese, if desired.
  13. Serve with ranch dressing or balsamic vinaigrette dressing.