Grilled Chicken Salad

In honor of Mothers Day this post is dedicated to my mother, Shelby. My mother is one of the strongest women I know. She grew up in Eastern Kentucky with 11 siblings and married at the young age of 18. She moved to Ohio with my dad where she trained and worked as mom a beautician. Unfortunately she started going blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa a progressive retinal disease. Because of the increasing loss of her vision, she was forced to quit work in her late 20’s and stopped driving by mid 30’s.

My mother did the majority of the raising of me and my sister, even though she was going blind. My dad’s job required him to work swing shifts, which disrupted his parenting time. Mom was there for everything.

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My father developed heart problems in his 40’s. My dad passed away 2 years ago at the age of 81. They were married 58 years. Mom, even though she is completely blind now, has always been very independent. When I was young she showed me that you cannot let a disability hold you back. She continued to cook, clean, exercise and stay active at her church and does so even today. Since dad passed away she has now moved in with my family.  This was extremely hard on her because the home she was leaving was designed and built by her and where she lived for almost 40 years. The house was beautiful and situated on five wooded, rolling acres. But living by herself proved to much for her and I.

Knowing how independent she is we decided to build a complete apartment in our basement. The apartment allows her to keep her independence with my family being there to help her as needed. She has her own kitchen, washer-dryer and a walkout. I’m lucky to be able to have her live with us and allow my to kids to know her better.

In November, as she was getting used to her new home, (this is not easy when you are blind) she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She never gets a break. She has completed chemo and is going through radiation. Like all the trials in her life she faced it head on with God’s help. Her prognosis is good and God willing we will have mom with us for a long time.  Happy Mothers Day Mom. We love you.

This is a great twist on chicken salad. I like the added flavor grilling the chicken adds. You could use baked, rotisserie or boiled chicken if you like. I also added guacamole to the dressing. It adds a nice touch to the finished dish, especially with the addition of the cilantro. This will go great for Mother’s Day brunch. I also added the grilling part to entice husbands and son’s to make this recipe for their wives and mothers. Easy, simple and looks great.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 4-6 skinless boneless chicken thighs ( You could use all breast meat, but I like the flavor the thighs add)
  • 2 cups low-fat Italian dressing
  • 1 tbsp OLD BAY® Seasoning
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled egg whites. chopped (optional)
  • 1 green apple, peeled and chopped
  • 2/3 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups red grapes, halved (about 30)
  • 1/2 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 small container Wholly Guacamole about 3 tablespoons (optional)
  • 1/2 cup no-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 cup low-fat mayo
  • 1 tbsp OLD BAY® Seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pieces of flat bread such as StoneFire Naan or Flatout (Would also be great served on croissants or a bed of greens)www.dadwhats4dinner.com

Directions:

  1. Marinate chicken in Italian dressing for at least 4 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry. Heat grill on high. (Tip: When grilling marinated meat or chicken, pat dry before grilling otherwise meat will steam and not grill. If you want to baste, as meat cooks, either reserve 1/2 marinade before soaking meat. If using marinade liquid, bring to boil for 3 minutes before using as a baste).. 
  3. Season chicken with Old Bay, salt and pepper to taste. Grill chicken until internal temp is 155° F.www.dadwhats4dinner.com
  4. Remove chicken from grill and set aside to cool. As chicken cools, prepare remaining ingredients.www.dadwhats4dinner.com
  5. To make dressing, whisk together, yogurt, mayo and Wholly Guacamole. and remaining Old Bay, set aside.Grilled Chicken Salad
  6. When chicken has cooled, cube and place in large bowl.
  7. Stir together chicken and next 8 ingredient.www.dadwhats4dinner.com
  8. Add dressing to chicken, reserving 1/4 cup. Mix well to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill at least one hour before serving.www.dadwhats4dinner.com
  9. To serve on grilled flat bread. Heat grill on high. Brush bread lightly with olive oil. Grill for 1-2 minutes per side, until crisp.
  10. Top with remaining 1/4 cup sauce. Add grilled chicken salad and garnish with mint and cilantro.20150501_102749ww

Enjoy and Happy Mothers Day!

If you would like to know more about Retinitis Pigmentosa and how you can donate to help find a cure please visit Foundaton Fighting Blindness….20150501_102233ww

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