Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad

A salad can be categorized into three different subgroups: tossed, composed, and bound.

This recipe, Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad falls in the category of a “bound salad.”

A bound salad is arranged or tossed in a salad bowl with other ingredients and mixed with a thick sauce, usually a mayonnaise base.

A bound salad can be served over a bed of leafy greens or with crackers. A bound salad can also be a filling for lettuce raps.

Examples Of A Bound Salad

Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, boneless, skinless

1 cup orange juice, divided *See Cook’s Notes

1/4 cup avocado oil – can opt for olive oil

1 package McCormick Grill Mate’s seasoning mix for marinade – seasoning of your choice * See Cook’s Notes

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup almonds, sliced

1/4 cup sugar

Cook’s Notes

When in season use either a blood orange or Cara Cara orange, otherwise use a navel orange. You can also opt to use a lemon or lime in place of the orange.

For the seasoning mix any of these flavors will make a delicious marinade for your chicken salad – We have personally used the Smoky Applewood – Zesty Herb – Baja Citrus and the Mesquite.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Score chicken breasts 3-4 times, place breasts into the zip lock bag.

slits cut into chicken breasts
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Mix packet of seasoning with orange juice and oil. Pour over chicken, close bag and shack until meat is evenly coated. Place bagged chicken in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

Remove zip lock bag from refrigerator and place chicken breasts on grill over a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.

Place cookie sheet on center rack and bake fir 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees internal temperature.

When chicken is done set aside to cool. Once cool to the touch, cut chicken into 1/2 inch bite sizes chunks. Place chopped chicken into a salad bowl and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the remaining 1/4 cup juice and sugar together. Next add cranberries, almonds and mayonnaise, mix till well incorporated.

Add mixture to diced chicken and mix in.

Add some mixed leafy greens to s dinner plate and add 1/2 to 1 cup of the chicken salad and serve.

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