Salad can be pretty boring by itself. I need protein. I need crunch. This Corn-Chip Chicken Salad has both. Enough chicken to make it a real meal, packaged in crunchy corn-chips. Yup.
Some days I want to quit. I want to pick my bike up and throw it into the woods and never look back. Some time between the seventh or tenth attempt to not get over a log, around the fourth crash things just start to get not fun. I am not pro rider. Heck, I'm not even that skilled of a rider. Bleeding and bruised, I want to quit.
Thursday night, I was there. Angry and discouraged with myself, wondering how hard a nice easy hobby like crocheting would be to learn.
Saturday morning rolled around and I wasn't in a much better mood. It had rained all night and I had a trail run. I knew it would be muddy and gross. My feet would be wet and I would be tired. I didn't know that after an hour awake, sitting on the green grass in an open field, I would love this all over again. I certainly didn't expect to cut 5 minutes off my last time (which by the way, I am pretty stoked about).
Needless to say, as I type this I am itching to get back on the bike. Itching to get miles in and play outside. Even though I am still rocking a cool Disney Princess band-aid from last weeks adventure, I'm no where near quitting yet.
Corn Chip Chicken Salad
Ok, time to eat. I find salad pretty boring by itself. It needs protein. I need a crunch in a bad way. This Corn-Chip Chicken Salad has both. Enough chicken to make it a real meal, packaged in crunchy corn-chips. Yup. Make this.
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For the Chicken:
- ¾ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- pinch red pepper flakes
- ⅓ teaspoon cumin
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups corn chips - crushed into fine crumbs
- 1 lbs chicken
For the Salad:
- 2 heads romaine
- 1-2 celery stalk
- 3-4 radishes
- ½ onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1-2 carrots
- toppings: scallions - bacon, dressing, barbecue sauce, shredded cheese
For the Chicken:
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Arrange a wire rack over an aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
- Slice the chicken into thin strips, ½" wide.
- In a shallow bowl combine the flour, paprika, garlic salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and cumin. Mix well.
- In another shallow bowl, whisk the eggs until slightly foamy.
- Place the crushed corn-chips in a third bowl.
- Coat the chicken in the flour, dip in the eggs (drain excess), and roll about in the corn-chips. You're fingers are going to get messy. It's all good.
- Arrange the corn-chip coated chicken evenly on the prepared wire rack and bake for 18-20 minutes.
Make the salad:
- Chop the romaine, slice and dice the celery, radishes, onions, red pepper, and carrot to your liking. Toss.
- After the chicken has cooled a few moments from the oven, place over individual salads, or onto plates and top with toppings of your choice.
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movita beaucoup says
Go Kita, go!! There's no way you'd ever catch me on a bike - let alone jumping that bike over logs. I'll be over here - rooting for you from a warm couch...
The soup, FYI, looks amazing!
Loving this salad! Chicken crusted in chips is always so good and make salads so much more fun!! Hope you get back on that bike soon!
Lea Ann says
Saw this on G+ and had to come over for a look. Love this salad. And your photos are really good.
Cassie | Bake Your Day says
Congrats on the success this weekend, Kita! And this salad - I'm wishing I had one for breakfast!
Belinda @zomppa says
Maybe one day you just need to go do that!! Hmm. the crunch!
Ouchie but yay! I don't think I could be a biker but I totally get jealous of those who can, and you my dear are turning in to quite the cyclist!
Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says
Congrats on the PR!! And this is a delicious looking salad.
Candace Karu says
Ooooh...this looks yummy! I love the crunchy chicken with crunchy veggies. I'm going to top mine with Cabot Chipotle Cheddar for a bit of a kick.
PS Don't ever quit...congrats to your speedy bad self!
Good for you! I am so proud of you for getting back up and going again, which can be really hard sometimes. Mind over matter.
This chicken salad looks awesome! My grandma used to make a chicken like this when I was little. She used cornflakes though 🙂
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
Yay for not quitting! And I love that you have disney princes bandaids. I have spongebob ones haha. Also, this salad looks like my kind of salad!
Jennie @themessybakerblog says
This salad looks so good. I haven't even ventured out into the woods yet. I'm still a weenie and riding the trails. Logs scare me!
Nice salad! Proud of you for not giving up. Remember: If was easy EVERYONE would do it, it's the HARD that makes it good!
salad looks soooo good.
you are totally killing it too.
Good on you.
Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says
Great-looking salad! 🙂
I'm not big on making salads into a main course, but I can 100% get behind this one. It looks delicious! Corn chips = major obsession of mine!
Nutmeg Nanny says
This salad looks so satisfying, that chicken on top looks so tasty!