Isn't it pretty? And delicious, too. Crunchy almonds, sweet cherries, tart blue cheese ... I could eat it all week.
There are two steps (and two meals) to making this recipe -- first, you make oven-fried chicken tenders in almond meal. Then you make this salad with the leftover chicken. Obviously, you could use any old leftover chicken, but the almond flour crusted chicken tenders give this salad a certain je ne sais quoi. Also, they are pretty yummy.
Almond Flour-Crusted Chicken Tenders
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tbsp Penzeys salt-free Sunny Spain seasoning blend (black pepper, lemon peel, garlic, and onion)
1 cup almond flour
1 cup panko
Whisk buttermilk and seasoning blend together. Pour over chicken strips. Toss to coat. Marinade overnight in fridge.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a baking rack on a jelly roll pan and spray rack with nonstick spray.
Whisk together almond flour and panko.
Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and coat chicken, one piece at a time, in bread crumb mixture.
Place chicken pieces on prepared rack and bake 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
Serve your chicken with oven-roasted corn on the cob and potato salad. Or use it to top a caesar salad. Or what have you. Just make sure to set some aside for later ...
Cherry Almond Chicken SaladI know, I know. I haven't listed any amounts. How much chicken? How many cherries? As much or as little as you like, my darlings. It's salad. It's forgiving.
Diced leftover chicken tenders
Chopped garden lettuce
Blue cheese crumbles
Fresh cherries, halved and pitted
Lucini Italia Cherry Balsamic & Rosemary Vinaigrette
Salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
I dressed this salad with some of the Lucini Italia Cherry Balsamic & Rosemary Vinaigrette that I was lucky enough to find at Whole Foods. I'd actually gone to Whole Foods for a jar of sour cherry preserves to make my own vinaigrette using Panera's recipe, but this was easier. And probably just as delicious.
I am trying my hand at homemade cherry vinegar using Signature Dish's recipe for "Spicy Cherry Vinegar," because I happen to have all the ingredients on hand and making my own flavored vinegar feels just pioneer girl-ish enough to tempt me.