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Grilled Chicken with Cherry Arugula Salad

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Grilled Chicken with Cherry Arugula Salad - a perfect summer meal. Light, low carb and filled with fresh flavor. Recipe via aggieskitchen.com

No matter how hard I try, every summer I put on a few uncomfortable pounds. I tend to refer to them as the Summer 6. This year is no different than previous summers. The struggle is real people! I’m not really all too worried about it – I love ice cream and white wine in the hot summer months way too much and won’t give that up, however the excessive snacking on potato chips and other daily salty crunchies has got to go. Eating out more than a few nights a week has to stop too! The reality: summer break is over for us in just a couple of weeks (sad face) and a more structured routine is on the horizon. My discipline is much better with structure and routine so all will be well soon enough.

I desperately needed to get back on track last week and make a proper meal for my family and me. I came across this recipe in my Clean Slate cookbook and its simple, straight forward ingredients were exactly what I was looking for. The best part is that I was able to grill the chicken earlier in the day when I had a few extra minutes so it was even quicker to pull together at dinner time.

(Note: I do have 2 little non-salad eaters in my family, for them instead of salad I served baby carrots and cherries with their grilled chicken. More salad for the rest of us!)

Grilled Chicken with Cherry Arugula Salad - a perfect summer meal. Light, low carb and filled with fresh flavor. Recipe via aggieskitchen.com

My daughter and I have been eating cherries like crazy so I was happy to include them in something a little different than the norm. They paired up perfectly in this cherry arugula salad dressed with a little balsamic vinegar (even better – I used a cherry infused balsamic vinegar from my local olive oil shop). So so good.

We typically eat cherries straight up but for a recipe like this, I used this cherry pitter to make salad prep a little easier.

Grilled Chicken with Cherry Arugula Salad - a perfect summer meal. Light, low carb and filled with fresh flavor. Recipe via aggieskitchen.com

I kept it lean and clean and didn’t add any cheese, but I have a strong feeling a little goat cheese would be amazing in this dish.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

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Grilled Chicken with Cherry Arugula Salad

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • lemon pepper seasoning (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (I used a cherry infused vinegar)
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 2 cups baby arugula

Directions:

  1. Heat grill (or grill pan) over medium high heat.
  2. Rub chicken with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season liberally with salt, pepper and/or lemon pepper seasoning (if using). If you opt for lemon pepper seasoning, check the salt content and adjust the amount of salt you season with.
  3. Grill chicken until cooked through, 4-5 minutes on each side. Let rest for at least 5 minutes on a plate, covered in aluminum foil.
  4. While chicken is grilling, prepare your salad. Whisk balsamic and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl. Add red onion, cherries and arugula and gently toss to combine. Serve your salad over sliced grilled chicken.

Tip from Clean Slate: if you don't have a cherry pitter, use a chef's knife. Gently press down on each cherry with the side of the blade and remove the pit with your fingers.

Recipe slightly adapted from Clean Slate.

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2 Responses to “Grilled Chicken with Cherry Arugula Salad”

  1. JulieD posted August 5, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    This is so easy…I love how easy it is…we have to make this soon!!

  2. J. Munro posted September 7, 2016 at 6:20 am

    My lunch incomplete with Salad. Thanks so much for doing the hard work and getting this recipe.

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