Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grilled Chicken with Mango and Jicama Salad

I'm home from my spring travel stint and I got on the scale.  Eating at restaurants for 6 weeks, 3 meals a day, is not waist friendly.  Right now I look like 16 lbs. of sausage stuffed into a 5 lb. casing, and that is wearing my big girl pants.  Yea, it's as pretty in person as it sounds.

So, my family is going to have to put up with a lot of salads.  I usually do salad night once a week, but I'm bumping it up to two or three.

Notice the sun in the picture?  This is an awesome time of the year with over 16 hours of daylight...
but then it is all that more brighter (is that a real word) to see how tight my pants are.

The chicken is grilled, so it reduces some dishes after dinner, I can throw the plates in the dishwasher and head out the door for an after dinner walk.  Life is good here in Fairbanks.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Mango and Jicama
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For the Chicken:
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
6 (6 oz.) skinless chicken breast halves

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. tequila
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper

Remaining Ingredients:
Tortilla strips - salad toppers
1 cup strips peeled jicama
1 cup diced mango
6 oz. baby greens

Combine ingredients for chicken in a large zip top bag.  Seal and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours, turing occasionally.

Prepare vinaigrette, combine cilantro and next 8 ingredients in a bowl, set aside.

Preheat grill.  Remove chicken from bag, discarding marinade.  Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 tsp. salt.  Grill 5 minutes on each side or until done.  Cut chicken into 1/2" slices.  Combine jicama, mango and greens in a large bowl.  Pour vinaigrette over jicama mixture and toss to coat.  Divide salad mixture between 6 plates, top with 1 sliced chicken breast half.  Top with tortilla strips.
Serves 6

1 year ago:   Lemonade Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting
2 years ago:  Chocolate Silk Torte and Nenana Ice Classic

April 23, 2014   Daylight 16 hrs. 8 min. 23 sec.  Temp. H 55/ L 31°F

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