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Honey Dijon Chicken Salad
with barley / tomatoes

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

Entree salads are extra appealing as the weather gets warmer. Even though this salad is light and fresh, barley and sauteed chicken give it enough substance to stand on its own.
Smarts: Any grain will work here, so feel free to sub quinoa or farro for the barley.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Honey Dijon Chicken:
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Bread, sandwich - 2 slices, 2” / 5 cm cubes
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, cut into strips (or buy pre-cut chicken breast tenders)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Honey Dijon Chicken Salad:
  • Barley, hulled and uncooked - 2/3 cup
  • Celery - 2 stalks, sliced
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 cup, halved
  • Spinach, baby - 8 oz

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Barley - (Skip if barley was made ahead for Tuesday.) Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt water generously and add barley. Cook for 45 to 55 minutes, until tender but not soggy. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep. Whisk together mustard, honey, and vinegar. Add first portion of olive oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Celery - Slice celery. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  4. Bread / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  5. Chicken - If chicken is not already cut into tenders, slice into strips. Tenderize with a fork and season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
  2. Spread bread cubes out on a sheet pan. Drizzle with second portion of olive oil and season with some salt and pepper.
  3. Toast until bread is golden and crisp, shaking pan halfway through cooking, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then chicken to heated oil. Sear chicken on all sides until nearly cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. In the last minute of cooking add 1 Tbsp / 15 mL of vinaigrette (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) and continue to cook until vinaigrette coats chicken.
  5. If you’d like the barley warm, reheat in the microwave (you can also serve it at room temperature).
  6. Assemble salad by topping spinach with barley, celery, tomatoes, croutons, and chicken. Add vinaigrette until dressed to your liking. Enjoy!

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Reviews

This meal has 23 reviews

Honey dijon chicken is a new favorite in our house!

By: Brigitte
Posted: Jun 05, 2018
Diet: Original

Used packaged croutons and farro. Didn't love the celery in this. Liked the cold leftovers more than the freshly cooked.

By: Alyson
Posted: Jun 01, 2018
Diet: Original

My husband normally is not a big fan of mustard, but this was just the right amount -- not overpowering.

By: Sundi
Posted: May 30, 2018
Diet: Paleo

Big hit with the family. Doubled the dressing for dipping. Yum

By: Kathi
Posted: May 30, 2018
Diet: Original

Liked the dressing, would maybe sub out tofu for mushrooms or beans next time

By: Dalia
Posted: May 30, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian

This was better than I expected, and very quick.

By: Tara
Posted: May 28, 2018
Diet: Original