Honey Dijon Chicken Salad
with quinoa / tomatoes
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 Tbsp
- Honey - 1 Tbsp
- Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
- Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Bread, gluten-free 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
- Quinoa, uncooked - 2/3 cup
- Stock, any type - 1 1/3 cup
- Celery - 2 stalks , sliced
- Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 cup , halved
- Spinach, baby - 8 oz
Quinoa - (Skip if quinoa was made ahead for Tuesday.) Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
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)
Celery - Slice celery. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
Bread / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
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)
Heat oven to 400F / 204C degrees.
Spread bread cubes out on a sheet pan. Drizzle with second portion of olive oil and season with some salt and pepper.
Toast until bread is golden and crisp, shaking pan halfway through cooking, 8 to 10 minutes.
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.
If you’d like the quinoa warm, reheat in the microwave (you can also serve it at room temperature).
Assemble salad by topping spinach with quinoa, celery, tomatoes, croutons, and chicken. Add vinaigrette until dressed to your liking. Enjoy!