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Sweet & Spicy Chicken Strips
with broccoli, bacon, cashew salad

Active: 25 min Total: 45 min
This sweet & spicy (don't worry - it's not that spicy) sauce is so good, we're using it for both our chicken strips and our broccoli salad, creating a lot of flavor with very few ingredients.


Sweet & Spicy Chicken Strips:
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Sweet & spicy marinade, homemade - 1/4 cup (ingredients listed separately)
Sweet & Spicy Marinade / Dressing:
  • Hot sauce - 3 to 5 tsp , adjust based on spice level
  • Honey - 4 tsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1/4 cup
Broccoli, Bacon & Cashew Salad:
  • Broccoli - 1 1/4 lbs , chopped
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp , chopped
  • Bacon - 6 slices , baked and chopped
  • Sweet & spicy marinade, homemade - 1/4 cup (ingredients listed separately)
  • Cashews - 1/2 cup


  1. Make sweet & spicy marinade / dressing - Whisk together hot sauce, honey, rice vinegar, aminos, and cooking oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper or any of the other ingredients. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Chicken - Slice against the grain into strips (i.e., look for the grain of the meat and slice perpendicular to it), transfer to a baking pan, and season with its portion of the marinade. Tenderize with a fork and let marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  3. Broccoli / Cilantro - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)

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  1. Heat oven to 400F (204C).
  2. Nest wire rack into a sheet pan and lay out bacon on rack. Bake in the oven from 15 to 20 minutes until bacon is crispy on the edges. This is a great low-effort way to cook bacon and have all the fat drip off (with little clean up!). Chop into bite-sized pieces when done.
  3. Bake chicken uncovered for 10 to 16 minutes (it’ll take longer if it’s coming out of the fridge) or until it reaches 165F.
  4. Place broccoli in a microwave-safe pan. Cover with a damp paper towel and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, until tender and crunchy. Toss broccoli with the broccoli salad’s portion of dressing, cashews, bacon, and cilantro.
  5. Enjoy chicken strips with remainder of sweet & spicy marinade (there should be a little left!) and broccoli and bacon salad on the side.



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