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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Balsamic Chicken Cutlets over Fresh Spinach Salad with a Balsamic Shallot Dressing

This was taken from a Rachel Ray recipe but modified to my liking :)

1 package of thin sliced chicken
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
2T fresh garlic
Kosher Salt & Pepper

Mix vinegar, garlic, salt & Pepper pour over raw chicken. You can marinate for as little as 10 mins or as long as you want. I just marinate while I assemble my salad.

1 package of fresh spinach leaves
3-4 slices of center cut bacon
4-6 fresh mushrooms
1/4 of a red onion thinly sliced
1/2 cup of grape tomatoes halved
1/2 cup of sliced cucumber
2-3 hard boiled eggs (I only use the whites) sliced

Assemble your salad with everything but the bacon & egg.

I cooked my bacon in a nonstick skillet, set it aside on a paper towel ( I press mine out pretty good with paper towel to remove the grease) Then pour the grease out but do not wipe the pan, the little bit of bacon grease left in the pan adds wonderful flavor to the chicken. After pouring the grease I add my chicken and discard the marinade. Cook 3-4 mins per side or until cooked through. Set chicken aside and cover.

Balsamic Shallot Vinaigrette
1 large shallot minced
3 t Dijon Mustard
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
2 t olive oil
1 t honey

Whisk mustard and balsamic & honey, until they are mixed thoroughly, add the oil and shallots and mix together.

I put the salad in the bowls, add thinly sliced the chicken  crumble the bacon and put some egg slices on the sides and drizzle the dressing on top of the salad. The dressing is really tangy so if you want to reduce that you can add a little water to the dressing, just whisk it well when you add the water.

This salad is great an versatile add whatever veggies you love or that you have on hand, peppers or anything that you love.

Weight Watcher friends: I only use about 1t of bacon and I don't really like hard boiled eggs so I don't use them. My kids and husband love them so I add them for theirs. I fill my bowl up with the veggies then add a serving of chicken which I count as 4 points. I count the bacon as 1 and the d ressing as 1. Everything else is 0 points. It is a great salad for 6 points!

Source: Food Network

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