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Sweet Tea Chicken Summer Salad

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Sweet Tea Chicken Summer Salad

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If there's one thing that's synonymous with summer time, it's sweet tea. But did you know that it's much more than just a refreshing drink? The sweeter the tea, the better!

I'm usually not a big tea drinker myself, but many members of my family are, so every so often I'll end up with a packet or two in my house. If you have bottled sweet tea, that works just the same.

Just let the chicken marinate for at least an hour - longer, or even overnight, is better! I grilled up my chicken then served it on a bed of mixed greens, strawberries, radicchio and an assortment of other fresh veggies. I used my favorite apple cider vinaigrette as my dressing, but feel free to use your personal favorite. Sweet tea chicken goes well with dark greens, red onions, and grated cheeses like Parmesan. However you serve it, it's always the perfect addition to a warm summer evening. 

Categories: Dinner , 52 Weeks of Cooking , Lunch

Tags: Summer , Chicken , Tea , Salad

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Sweet Tea Chicken Summer Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes + chicken marinating time

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

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  • 2 one pound chicken breasts
  • 2 cups sweet tea
  • 1 head romaine lettuce or green leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 5-6 strawberries, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 small head radicchio, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup croutons (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinaigrette OR dressing of choice

Here's How:

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  1. Brew the sweet tea and cool, as necessary. If using bottled sweet tea, start from room temperature. Pour two cups of the tea into a bag along with the olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste. Add the chicken to the bag, seal, and marinate for at least one hour or up to 24 hours.
  2. Grill the chicken for 3-4 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 165 F. Let cool for about fifteen minutes (you can also eat chilled) then cut into slices.
  3. While the chicken cools, chop the romaine into bite size pieces. Chop the strawberries, red onion, radicchio and tomatoes, as desired. Add everything to a large bowl with the shredded carrots, croutons and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Gently toss the salad in your desired dressing. Either serve the salad with the chicken strips on top or fold the strips into the salad. Serve on a warm day and enjoy!

Mouth Feel

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Salty

Savory

Sour

Bitter

Sweet

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