Spanish Chicken Salad

Spanish Chicken Salad

Paprika is used to garnish many foods we prepare. Like soups, shrimp, deviled eggs, potato and pasta salads.

Paprika comes from the pods of Capsicum annuum peppers that are dried and crushed to form the powdery spice.

There are two principle paprikas used in cooking.

Sweet Hungarian Paprika

• Hot Spanish or Smoked Paprika

The sweet red chili peppers are originally native to North and South America.

But today, most paprika comes from Spain, South America, California and Hungary.

Dose it make a difference which paprika you use when cooking? Yes it does matter.

Sweet paprika adds just a mild flavor of spiciness. Where as small led paprika adds an intense spiciness.

As an example to use, you would use the sweet paprika when making deviled eggs, but smoke paprika would be used when making this Tortellini Primavera with Cajun Shrimp.

Paprika and smoked paprika are flavorful spices that enhance many savory recipes while adding a dash of crimson color.

Most recipes use sweet paprika. It is derived from the sweet red chili peppers and labeled “paprika.”

Smoked Spanish paprika requires the peppers be smoked, usually with oak wood, prior to processing.

Smoked paprika has a distinct flavor after being smoked.

Spain has three grades of paprika: sweet to mild, medium heat and hot heat.

Spanish Chicken Salad

ingredients-for-Spanish-Chicken-Salad1/4 cup olive oil + 2 tsps.

3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. paprika, Spanish smoked

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp. mayonnaise

16 oz. mix lettuce greens

4 cups cooked chicken

2 roasted bell pepper slices, cut into smaller slices

toasting-slivered-almonds-for-Spanish-Chicken-SaladIn a frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 teaspoons of oil. Add the almonds and toast, stirring until they are crisp and golden. This should take about 5 to 7 minutes. When you start to smell them toasting, remove the pan from the burner. If you continue to toast them, they will burn.

plating toasted almonds - putting aside - Spanish Chicken SaladWhen you remove them from the burner, transfer them to a plate and set aside.

preparing-chicken-breast-for-the-Spanish-Chicken-SaladTo prepare the chicken breast, pour one cup of chicken broth and one cup of water into a medium stock pot.

Place 4 chicken breasts into stock pot and cook on medium heat until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 to 170 degrees.

Remove from pot, set aside and let cool. Once cooled chopped chicken into 1 inch chunks.

whisking-in-oil-gradually.jpgIn a large bowl, whisk together the garlic, smoked paprika,vinegar, mayonnaise and option 1/2 tsp. salt, pinch of pepper. Gradually whisk in the 1/4 cup of oil and mix up until well incorporated.

slicing-roasted-red-bell-peppers.jpgSlice the roasted red bell pepper and set aside.

Mixing-the-coated-chicken-toasted-almonds-with-the-greens-to-make-Spanish-Chicken-SaladIn the bowl with the vinaigrette add the chicken, and roasted bell peppers and stir to coat evenly.

Spanish Chicken SaladPlate and serve.

You can plate to the side some shredded Jack cheese and sliced roasted bell pepper, for extra toppings.


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