Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Garlic Salad with grilled chicken breast, croutons and shaved parmesan

Garlic salad is a favourite with our family. A simple weeknight dinner that everyone will love.
I picked up 2 bone in-skin on chicken breasts from the local butcher.  We are lucky enough to have a local butcher that serves local, farm fresh and all natural products. 


Chicken Rub

1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili flakes
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Put all ingredients into a mortal and use the pestle to combine and crush seeds/flakes.  Apply the rub to the chicken breasts. 


BBQ the chicken breasts.  While they are cooking prepare the salad.

Lettuce

Chop, wash and dry romaine or other lettuce of your choice and put into a bowl.

Garlic Dressing

2 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise
splash of lemon juice
splash of white wine vinegar
coarse salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients.

Croutons

chunk of stale bread/baguette, cut into cubes
1 clove of garlic, minced or finally chopped (or in a pinch you can use garlic powder)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
course salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Put the olive oil in a frying pan and heat over medium heat.  Add the garlic and allow to cook until lightly browned. 

Add the cubes of bread and allow to brown on as many sides as possible. 

Add salt and pepper and set aside to cool.

Assemble the salad


When the chicken is done set it aside for a couple of minutes before cutting it into chunks.

Toss the garlic dressing with the romaine.  Add the croutons, chicken and some shredded Parmesan cheese!




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