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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Apricot Salsa Grilled Chicken Salad

Sometimes you just have to make something for dinner that isn't mac and cheese, chicken nuggets or ramen, for your own sanity. It may mean that your children may not partake, fine. They can have cold cereal for dinner. I got this recipe from a health newsletter at work awhile ago. I highly recommend it. It tastes great, fairly easy to make and it's really good for you too. High in vitamins, fiber and lean protein. And no, my children would not even think about trying it. Maybe someday. At least my husband and I enjoyed it.

Apricot Salsa Grilled Chicken Salad

Salsa ingredients
1/3 c orange juice
1/4 c dried apricots
2 T apricot preserves
1 t olive oil
1/3 c chopped red pepper
1 T chopped fresh cilantro
1 medium green onion, sliced
1/2 tsp grated orange peel (or substitute more orange juice)

Salad ingredients
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (abt 5 oz each)
1/4 t garlic salt (I subsituted lime pepper)
3 cups of mixed salad greens

Set aside 1 T orange juice. In 1 qt saucepan, heat apricots and remaining oj to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 3-5 minutes or until most of oj is absorbed. Cool 15 minutes. Meanwhile mix 1 T orange juice, preserves and oil and start grilling chicken. Add apricot mixture and remaining salsa ingredients.
Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt and grill. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until chicken juice is clear when thickest part is cut. Cut into half inch slices. Divide greens between 2 plates. Top with chicken strips and salsa.

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