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Chicken Parmesan Salad

by Amy D

As I said on AHB’s Facebook page, today I am sharing some lighter fare, Chicken Parmesan Salad. I have been a yo-yo this week. Up and then down, then back up again. You get the idea. I couldn’t do my post on Monday like I’d planned because my daughter’s eyeglasses broke last weekend and she’s blind without them. We spent most of Monday morning trying to get into the eye doctor and then a few hours there at the office with her trying to learn how to put in and take out contact lenses. Then because she’d missed school lunch, together the two of us ate an entire family pack of cheddar bites from Sonic.

I filed that one under mother-daughter bonding time, so it doesn’t count.

eating cheddar bites

Tuesday I posted embarrassing photos of me eating failed brownies off a towel, then had someone that I kind of idolize stop by my blog and see my ridiculous mug eating flipping failed brownies off a towel. After that, I ran around doing silly things like Mary Katherine Gallagher poses ( the superstar ones, not the kissing trees or armpit sniffing) because it was my best blogging day in views to date. My best blogging day in views is about equal to the amount in my bank account. To put this in perspective, I work one morning a week cleaning houses. So…yeah, not really that much. But boo-ya, I’ll celebrate the small successes! I celebrated with the not failed brownies from the post.

I filed that one under meeting blogging goals, so it doesn’t count either.

Speaking of small successes, my best friend decided to go on a weight loss journey right about the same time as I started Accidental Happy Baker. She’s doing awesome and is losing more each week.  I am happy for her, but it’s cruel timing, I say. How could that be cruel? Well, here’s a little truth about blogging, especially about food blogging that I didn’t think completely through before I started.

balsalmic vinaigrette

You sit.
You sit on your butt. (while you type and research and edit photos and send emails and create pins and pin pins and resize photos for each foodie website that you try and submit them to, only a ton of them get rejected and…now I’m rambling, but you get the point.)
You sit on your butt a ton.
While you eat the goodies you just made!

Bah, every pound she’s lost, hasn’t really been lost it’s traveled through time and space and landed right on my tail end. I’m a happy eater. I’m a sad eater. I’m a why-did-I-binge-watch-Peaky-Blinders-now-I-miss-Thomas-Shelby-eater. Let’s face it, I tie every range of emotion into my food, that’s part of the reason I wanted to start a food blog.

Last night, while I’ve got this all on my mind, I make the horrible mistake of trying to talk to my husband about the blog. Oh such an innocent little question, “What do you think I should do next for the blog, dear?” You know what he told me? Maybe you should make something with vegetables! Well, this is the reason why today I’m sharing this wonderful recipe for Chicken Parmesan Salad! Hahaha.

Chicken parmesan salad

But it really is oh so good and light and fresh. It starts out with a mix for a homemade Balsamic Italian Vinaigrette. This is a really great way to have a fresh, not full of preservatives salad dressing. You make up the mix, store it in a small container, pull it out as neede and mix in a few things that you probably already have in your cupboard. Boom you’re good to go. This vinaigrette does call for sour cream and mayonnaise. You might be thinking, that’s crazy, why would I add those things? Let me tell you, the mayo and sour cream work as emulsifiers, so this vinaigrette won’t separate back into oil and vinegar in 30 seconds like a lot of homemade dressings do.

chicken parmesan sala

Onto the salad, this thing is sexy enough for date night at home. This salad is loaded with crispy bite-sized chicken pieces coated in seasoned parmesan bread crumbs and paired with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, black olives, and baby mozzarella pearls. It is simple. It is elegant. It screams drink a glass of wine with me, sit back and relax, it’s the weekend baby.

Chicken Parmesan Salad

Crispy parmesan coated chicken bites are paired with fresh tomatoes and mozzerella for a fresh take on Chicken parmesan. 

Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Amy D.

Ingredients

For the balsamic vinaigrette mix

  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced green pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder

For the salad

  • 1 large chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 small head of loose leaf lettuce , chopped or torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup halved black olives
  • 1/2 cup baby mozzerella pearls
  • Basalmic Vinaigrette

Instructions

To Prepare Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  1. Mix together all the seasonings and place in an air tight container.
  2. When you are ready to make a batch of salad dressing combine 2 Tablespoons of the seasoning mix with 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 Tablespoon of Mayonnaise and 1 Tablespoon of sour cream.
  3. Whisk together until thoroughly blended. Refrigerate for up to a week.

To prepare the salad:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Put the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, and garlic powder in a resealable plastic bag. Shake well to mix. In a shallow bowl mix together the milk and egg. Place the chicken pieces in the egg mixture, making sure to coat all the sides. Using a slotted spoon and working with batches of 6-7, remove the chicken pieces from the egg mixture and place in bread crumbs shaking well to coat. Place the coated chicken pieces on the baking sheet and continue until all the pieces are breaded. Bake in a preheated oven for 7-8 minutes until cooked through. Then turn the oven to broil and broil an additional 1-2 minutes to brown and crisp them up.
  3. Assemble your salads, saving the chicken pieces to go on last so they will not wilt your lettuce.
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Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss August 25, 2015 - 10:39 pm

Hi, Amy! I’ve been on the hunt for new salad ideas (you could say I’ve also developed a case of the blogger butt) and this one sounds like a winner! Chicken parm is one of my favorite dishes, and now I don’t have to eat it with just pasta like I usually do 🙂 thank you for the inspiration! Pinned!

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Amy D August 26, 2015 - 10:51 am

Thanks for pinning Jessica! I hope that you enjoy it. Keep fighting the good fight against our mutual enemy, the dreaded blogger butt. I’m currently losing the battle, but thankfully, and surprisingly my husband thinks I look better with more weight on me?!? Or he’s saying that because he fears for his life if he says otherwise? Haha. I actually think he is being sincere when he says it.

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Andrea March 29, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Yes. Blogger Butt is a real thing. I discovered it around the time I turned 40, so of course I blamed it on being 40 – not on something I really enjoy, which is sitting. On my butt.

Totally pinned the salad recipe to pretend like it might offset the butt problem. Yummy!

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Amy March 30, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Well shoot! If it’s a real thing, I guess I’m going to have to go back and buy the really cute running shoes that I saw yesterday and actually use them. To walk. I don’t run. I can’t run. Old roller derby accident. And I’m also going to be eating some salad this week, but really only because I lost my mind and accidentally bought 4 bags of salad and a head of lettuce. This is what happens when I leave the house without my shopping list!

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Jennifer Eddis March 28, 2015 - 6:33 pm

This post made me laugh a lot! This salad looks yummy and is making me hungry. You know, at my job I sit all day long. So I’m having to wake up really, really early or find time after work with my kids around to exercise. It hasn’t been easy. And as my email says, I love chocolate!! If you don’t want more of my pounds, do Tae Bo too!

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Amy March 28, 2015 - 11:30 pm

I am glad that A) this post made you laugh a lot and B) that you think this salad looks yummy. That means that I have done the two things I wanted to do. And darlin’, I’m so glad that you have found success and the dedication to get up early and go do this. But I am not a morning person, so I’ll have to find a different way for myself!

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KC March 27, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Those cheddar bites look amazing! Honestly, I have to go about two hours away to the closest Sonic around here and I got there yesterday guess what they don’t serve?? That’s right cheddar bites 🙁 I did get a chocolate coke though so it brightened my spirits enough!

Oh, yeah and the salad looks good too lol.

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Amy March 27, 2015 - 6:14 pm

I honestly did think to myself as I was getting this post all ready to go, KC might just kill me for bringing up cheddar bites again. Maybe that’s a recipe that I need to work on developing? Copycat Sonic Cheddar Bites! I know a couple people who would think that was alright.

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KC March 28, 2015 - 2:56 am

I bet it would be easy enough to do, I bet you could even make them taste better than Sonic’s 🙂

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Izabela March 27, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Great post. The salad looks so yummy

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Joy DeKok March 27, 2015 - 10:31 am

Printed. Shared. I am so going to make this! Thank you. And I’m celebrating with you – brownies on the towel and all!

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Amy March 27, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Happy dance! You printed and shared it? That’s so exciting, no one’s said those words to me yet. Another blogging goal reached thanks to you, Joy! Double celebration.

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Sam @ PancakeWarriors March 27, 2015 - 10:29 am

How fun – what a colorful salad – looks perfect for spring!

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Amy March 27, 2015 - 1:42 pm

Thanks Sam, I also thought that it made a fun springy dish. Glad you stopped by!

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Lori March 27, 2015 - 9:25 am

Thanks for the morning chuckles! (so glad it’s not just me that enjoys those cheddar bites…) 😉

Rob and I are trying to eat more salads, and I really appreciate the new dressing to try! I’ve never bought dried minced green pepper before – where do I find it in the grocery? Is it with the spices, etc.?

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Amy March 27, 2015 - 1:41 pm

My husband eats salad every single day for lunch. He raved about this dressing. I thought he was going to drink it, he was putting it on everything he could find. lol. The green peppers will be with the dried spices. I added them to help even out the flavor of the herbs. I hope that you enjoy it!

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Kathie March 27, 2015 - 8:57 am

You, like me, are a ‘rationalizer’. You rationalized the reason for eating cheddar bites. 🙂 Love it!!
The salad looks great – maybe I can get Gary to make this for me.

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Amy March 27, 2015 - 1:37 pm

Oh always! There is always a good and rational reason to enjoy eating! Yes, convince Gary to make this for you.

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Chris Carter March 27, 2015 - 8:54 am

YES! For the last five years I have SAT on my BUTT blogging… and oh those pounds don’t whittle away while you sit, now do they? Arg! I call my new bottom “Blogger’s Butt”. It keeps growing and growing and …

This salad looks AMAZING. And totally sexy. 😉

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Amy March 27, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Bwahaha, “Blogger Butt!” Oh my gosh,I love it. Now I have curiously strong desire to write a rap song about the phenomenon of the blogger butt.

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farinvazquez March 27, 2015 - 7:19 am

I love the commentary, and if it is categorized under anything…. it doesn’t count 🙂 Congrats on a good week!

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Amy March 27, 2015 - 7:38 am

Thanks Farina. I hope that you’ve had a great week too!

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