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Crispy Chicken Salad Recipe & A Foster Farms Giveaway

I’m a texture person when it comes to food. I can’t stand soggy cereal, to the point where I prefer to have separate bowls of cereal and milk and dip it in a spoonful at a time to retain maximum crunchiness. I like oatmeal, but only when it’s baked to a firmer texture, instead of the gloppy instant kind. I love dipping grilled cheese sandwiches in creamy tomato soup, but only if it’s a quick dip and I eat all soup-covered sandwich within moments of it coming in contact with the liquid. And dipping cookies in milk? That’s tricky business, people.

Salads are the perfect medium to combine all kinds of textures and that’s exactly what I like to do. I go a little topping crazy, but I love all things crunchy, crispy, creamy, chewy, and juicy. And a wonderful way to add crunch to a salad is with homemade garlic butter croutons.

Crispy Chicken Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

Dressing can also be tricky on salad, since it can zap the crunch of a crouton. That’s actually where I get slightly neurotic, which is why I don’t eat this way in public, but my favorite way to eat salad is to spear a piece of lettuce, then carefully gather one of each ingredient on my fork and dip it in just a little bit of dressing. It takes a little bit longer to eat, but each topping retains its ideal texture and I get all of the flavors I want in every single bite. Though sometimes I have to break the croutons in half, because there are usually less of them in bigger chunks, but it would be a travesty to run out with half a bowl of lettuce left!

Crispy Chicken Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

This salad is like texture wonderland. You have creamy avocado cubes, juicy tomato halves, crunchy croutons and chicken tender chunks, crumbly egg yolks, and crispy onions and Romaine hearts, and it’s all topped with a tangy honey mustard dressing (that is, if you’re not the weirdo with the bowl of dressing on the side that you dip each equal forkful of salad into).

Crispy Chicken Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

Foster Farms recently sent me some of their frozen crispy strips to try and they were the perfect way to add protein and crunch to this salad.

Crispy Chicken Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

Like I said, I’m picky when it comes to texture, but their strips had a really good crunch (without being hard) and the chicken was still juicy, which is rare in frozen chicken strips. I appreciate having an all natural food that I can grab and bake quickly and I’m a sucker for family owned companies.

Crispy Chicken Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

And you have the chance to try some, as well!

The Giveaway

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to earn an entry telling me your favorite way to eat chicken tenders. Chopped inside of a wrap? Dipped in ranch? Tossed in buffalo sauce?

Make sure to leave an e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win!

I’ll be picking 5 winners who will each receive a voucher for a free Foster Farms all natural frozen cooked chicken product. They have 21 varieties, so you can pick whatever strikes your fancy!

I’ll close the giveaway on Tuesday, February 17th at 3pm MST. Good luck!

Crispy Chicken Salad Recipe : So Very Blessed

Yields 4

Crispy Chicken Salad

20 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Salad
  • 6-8 c. Romaine lettuce
  • 2 small avocados, diced
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 c. red onion, chopped
  • 4 frozen chicken tenders, baked and chopped
  • honey mustard dressing
  • Garlic Butter Croutons
  • 3 cups french bread, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 1/2 Tbs butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put french bread cubes into a mixing bowl.
  3. Drizzle with butter and toss together with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool.
  5. Mix all salad ingredients together, top with croutons and dressing, and serve immediately.

Notes

Shredded cheddar cheese and sunflower kernels also make a great addition to this salad!

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 *Foster Farms sent me a sample of their product, but my opinions are my own!

This Post Has 23 Comments
  1. I love crispy chicken salad! It's what I always order at restaurants, if it's on the menu. These crispy chicken strips look amazing! Perfect for this salad! Or just snacking.
  2. That salad looks yummy! (I must laugh about your cereal preference! I used to eat "Life" cereal, but I actually let it sit in the milk until it was quite soggy, that was my favorite cereal and it tasted so yummy when it was soft!!)
  3. Foster Farms is a staple in our house. We always have a box of corn dogs in our fridge. They do have a huge selection of chicken, but I haven't come close to finding all 21 varieties. I usually just buy the hot and spicy wings.
  4. Becky, this salad sounds amazing! You are right it has all the perfect textures/tastes in it. I've never put chicken tenders in a salad, but what a great idea. I will need to try that for sure. I haven't posted any recipes in awhile, but I did just post a recipe for coffee cake. I would love it if you stopped by.
  5. We cook those chicken tenders in the toaster oven and then toss them into a salad (much like yours) easy as can be a quite good.
  6. Your salad looks so delicious and I like to eat chicken tenders in a club sandwich with bacon and cheese on texas toast, lettuce, tomato and pickle on side. I forgot the mayonnaise and ketchup yes.4eva.r(atgmaildotcom)
  7. Love mine with bleu cheese and hot sauce! Your salad looks amazing. I had one last night with chicken strips, bleu cheese, hot sauce, cheddar cheese, croutons, and romaine. I shook mine altogether in a Tupperware container and ate it quick before becoming soggy. Mmn12083[at]yahoo.com

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