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Lemon Chicken Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes

What you need:

  • 1 small head of green leaf lettuce
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped tarragon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • vinaigrette salad dressing to taste

What to do:

  1. Wash and dry the lettuce. Tear into small pieces and set aside.
  2. Slice chicken breasts into strips and then cut strips into small pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a medium-sized pan, add the chicken, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until the chicken is lightly browned.
  4. Add lemon juice, tarragon, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 4 to 5 minutes until chicken is tender.
  5. Toss the lettuce with the vinaigrette dressing. Add chicken, lemon, and tarragon mixture and toss.
  6. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis (per serving):

  • 327 calories
  • 54g protein
  • 10g fat
  • 2g carbohydrate
  • 0.8g fiber
  • 146mg cholesterol
  • 134mg sodium
  • 48mg calcium
  • 2.6mg iron

Serves: 4

Serving size: 1 cup

Variations/Suggestions:
Experiment with different types of lettuce leaves. Add additional salad ingredients like shredded carrots or red cabbage. If you don't have fresh tarragon, substitute 1 tsp. dried tarragon or thyme. Or try some of your favorite herbs, either fresh or dry, like thyme or oregano.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date Reviewed: 04-11-2015