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Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad

Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
TGI Friday's Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

4 chicken breast fillets
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup canola oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
4 teaspoons Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)

1 cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
8 cups chopped romaine lettuce (2 heads)
1 cup sliced celery (2 stalks)
2 (11 oz.) cans mandarin orange segments, drained
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Pound each chicken fillet to about 1/2-inch thick. You can do this easily by covering each chicken breast in plastic wrap, and pounding away with a kitchen mallet. Combine 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, bread crumbs, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl combine milk with beaten eggs. Dump the flour into another shallow bowl.

Bread each chicken breast by coating each with with flour. Dip the flour-dusted chicken into the egg mixture, and then coat the chicken with a thick coating of the pecans and bread crumbs. Preheat 1/2 cup of canola oil in a large skillet over medium/low heat. When the oil is hot, saute the chicken fillets for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Cool chicken on a rack or paper towels. When you can handle the chicken, cover it and refrigerate for at least two hours.

As the chicken chills, you can make the balsamic vinaigrette by combining 1 cup canola oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender. Blend on low speed for just a few seconds, or until the dressing begins to thicken. Don't blend too long or your vinaigrette will get too thick, like mayo. Pour vinaigrette into a small bowl and mix in minced garlic. Chill this until you're ready to use it.

When you're ready to build your salads, toss lettuce and celery with about 3/4 cup of the balsamic vinaigrette. Arrange the lettuce on four plates, then sprinkle the cranberries over the lettuce (about 1/4 cup per serving). Combine the 3 tablespoons of brown sugar with 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of this mixture on each salad. Sprinkle about 1/2 can of drained mandarin segments over each salad, followed by about 2 tablespoons of crumbled bleu cheese. Sliced each chicken fillets into thin strips. Arrange one sliced chicken fillet on top of each salad and serve.

Source:  Food.com


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  2. OOOOH I am so glad you did this. I am going to try this soon.
    Do you have to use canola oil, it is healthier or is there another reason?

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