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Apple, Avocado and Balsamic Chicken Salad

A wonderful chicken dish with the always tasty balsamic flavour.

April 8th, 2012

Submitted by Melanie Glenwright, Winnipeg, MB
Recipe Tested by Christy Pengilly

Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 Cups balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 Cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried italian seasoning
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 Cups balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar, optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 Cups olive oil
Apple and Avocado Salad
  • 4 Cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped salted pecans
  • 1/2 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 tablespoon diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons grated carrot
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and diced
  1. Set chicken in a shallow bowl. Add the combined vinegar, chicken stock, sugar, garlic and seasoning. Allow chicken to marinate 10 minutes on each side. Remove chicken and set marinade aside.

  2. Mix balsamic vinaigrette ingredients in small bowl and chill.

  3. Place marinade in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer

  4. Meanwhile, assemble spinach, cranberries, pecans, apple, onion, carrot, and avocado onto two salad plates and chill.

  5. Briefly heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken breasts. Cook each chicken breast 4 minutes each side (or until browned). Add the marinade to the skillet and continue cooking for an additional 3-4 minutes while turning the chicken breasts until they are cooked through

  6. Pour desired amount of balsamic vinaigrette on salad then top with warm chicken. Serve

Apple, Avocado and Balsamic Chicken Salad
Photography by Christy Pengilly

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