Monday, July 5, 2010

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

When people think of salads, they normally think “It won’t be filling enough” or “It won’t satisfy me.” After making this recipe, you will never say, “I won’t eat salad” again.

This is a great quick meal for a summer evening. If you’re pressed for time, you can buy a rotisserie chicken instead of making your own.

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 8 ounces each
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, eyeball it
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs
8 sliced bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
3 hearts romaine lettuce
2 lemons, juiced
2 ripe avocados, halved and scooped from skins with a spoon, then diced
2 vine ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 red onion, chopped
2 cups cheddar or Monterey Jack, shredded (or blue cheese crumbled)

Heat a grill pan or nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Coat chicken breasts with 2 teaspoons oil, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Wash hands. Grill or pan-fry chicken 6 to 7 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes.

In a small pot, cover eggs with cold water. Place over high heat and bring water to a boil. After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and cool eggs under cold running water. Peel and chop.

Brown chopped bacon in a skillet over medium high heat. Drain bacon on paper towels.
Chop 3 hearts of romaine lettuce and place in a large serving platter or salad bowl. Dress chopped lettuce with the juice of 1-1/2 lemons. Drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil over lettuce. Season greens with salt and pepper, to taste.

Toss diced avocados with juice of remaining 1/2 lemon, to avoid browning.
Halve chicken breasts and chop the meat.

To serve, arrange rows of chopped chicken, chopped hard boiled egg, crisp bacon bits, diced avocado, diced tomato, chopped red onion and shredded cheese on top of either 4 individual portions of dressed romaine or 1 large serving platter.

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