Orange Chicken Salad with Strawberries: A Healthy and Delicious Option for Special Diets

Orange Chicken Salad with Strawberries

Are you in search of a tasty alternative to the classic Chinese chicken salad? Look no further! Our orange chicken salad with strawberries is a flavorful and nutritious dish that will satisfy your cravings. This protein-packed salad is perfect for those following special diets such as Whole30, Paleo, keto, gluten-free, and low carb. Plus, it’s under 400 calories, making it a guilt-free choice.

Why Choose Orange Chicken Salad?

Health Benefits You’ll Love

This orange chicken salad offers numerous health benefits that make it a smart choice for any meal. Firstly, it is gluten-free, making it suitable for individuals with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Secondly, it’s packed with phytonutrient-rich fruits and vegetables that provide essential vitamins and minerals, including refreshing vitamin C. Lastly, chicken breast serves as a lean and high-quality protein source.

Fresh and Delicious Flavor

When the weather gets hot, a crisp and refreshing salad hits the spot perfectly. Our orange chicken salad combines the delightful flavors of citrusy orange chicken, ripe strawberries, fresh greens, and crisp cucumbers. The addition of a sweet strawberry rhubarb dressing, made without any added sugars, takes this salad to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Wholesome and Versatile

At Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, we believe in the power of whole foods. This chicken salad recipe is a prime example of a nourishing meal that utilizes fresh and natural ingredients. It’s an excellent choice for an everyday meal, especially when strawberries are in season. Plus, you can customize this salad to your liking by adding your favorite fruits or swapping ingredients to suit your taste preferences.

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How to Make Orange Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts (chicken tender strips work too)
  • Strawberry chicken salad dressing (details below)
  • Chicken marinade (details below)
  • Baby spinach
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Chopped pistachios
  • Feta cheese crumbles (or avocado for dairy-free option)
  • Cilantro

Chicken Salad Ingredients

Chicken Salad Dressing

For this recipe, we’ve created a delightful strawberry rhubarb dressing that perfectly complements the flavors of the salad. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chopped strawberries
  • Chopped rhubarb
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Granular Swerve (or another 1:1 sugar substitute)
  • Fresh mint
  • Water

Chicken Salad Dressing

Chicken Marinade

To ensure that the chicken remains moist and tender, we recommend marinating it in a simple orange-ginger marinade. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Orange zest
  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos for gluten-free, Whole30, and Paleo)
  • Grated fresh ginger root

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Start by marinating the chicken in the orange-ginger marinade. Place the chicken in a glass baking dish and pour the marinade over it. Allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for 2-12 hours.

  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200C). Bake the chicken in the marinade for 25 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74C).

  3. Once baked, remove the chicken from the marinade. For a nice touch, grill the chicken on a stovetop grill for 2 minutes on each side to create appealing grill lines. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  4. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the strawberry chicken salad dressing. Cook the chopped rhubarb, strawberries, orange juice, Swerve, mint, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the rhubarb has softened and the Swerve has dissolved, remove the mixture from heat and let it cool slightly. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate the dressing until ready to serve.

  5. To assemble the salads, divide the baby spinach between four bowls. Top each bowl with sliced strawberries, orange chicken, chopped cucumber, feta cheese crumbles, and pistachios. Drizzle the chilled strawberry dressing over the salads and garnish with fresh cilantro.

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Assembling the Salad

  1. Serve and enjoy your delicious and nutritious orange chicken salad with strawberries!

Expert Tips for a Healthier Salad

  • This salad is particularly beneficial for individuals aiming for fat loss as it is a low-calorie, high-volume option.
  • Strawberries are versatile and can be enjoyed on various dietary patterns.
  • When watching your calorie intake, be mindful of added fats and oils in your salad dressings.
  • For a heartier meal, serve the salad in a wrap or sandwich with some bread on the side.

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The Disclaimer…

Before incorporating any of our recipes into your diet, please consult with a registered dietitian or your physician to determine the best dietary pattern for your specific needs and preferences. The nutrition information provided is an estimate and may vary depending on the brands and ingredients used. Remember, the joy of cooking is not just about numbers—it’s about creating delicious meals that nourish your body and soul!

Recipe

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