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Apricot Salsa Grilled Chicken Salad

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Apricot Salsa Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 4
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Add sizzle to dinner salad with chicken hot off the grill and a peppy fruit salsa.
Updated Jan 7, 2011

Ingredients

Salsa

  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Salad

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb)
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 6 cups bite-size pieces mixed salad greens

Steps

  • 1
    Reserve 2 tablespoons of the orange juice; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, heat apricots and remaining orange juice to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 3 to 5 minutes or until most of the orange juice is absorbed. Cool 15 minutes. In small bowl, mix reserved 2 tablespoons orange juice, the preserves and oil. Stir in apricot mixture and remaining salsa ingredients.
  • 2
    Heat gas or charcoal grill. Brush chicken with oil; sprinkle with garlic salt. Place chicken on grill. Cover grill; cook over medium heat 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F). Cut chicken into 1/2-inch slices.
  • 3
    Divide salad greens among 4 plates. Top with chicken and salsa.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Dried peaches and peach preserves can be substituted for the dried apricots and apricot preserves. If apricot nectar is available in your area, it would make a delicious alternative to the orange juice.
  • tip 2
    To create neat pieces of bell pepper, cut it into 1/4-inch strips. Then line up 4 to 6 strips side by side with the flesh side up, and cut into pieces with a sharp knife.
  • tip 3
    Omit about 4 grams of fat in this recipe by spraying the chicken breasts with olive oil-flavored cooking spray instead of brushing them with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Nutrition

340 Calories, 12g Total Fat, 34g Protein, 26g Total Carbohydrate, 20g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
340
Calories from Fat
110
Total Fat
12g
18%
Saturated Fat
2g
11%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
85mg
29%
Sodium
230mg
10%
Potassium
840mg
24%
Total Carbohydrate
26g
9%
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
Sugars
20g
Protein
34g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
110%
110%
Vitamin C
140%
140%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 4 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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