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Chicken Salad With Roasted Tomatoes

Yield: 2 servings

1/2 c. pecans, finely chopped and toasted

1/2c. panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

3 Tbsp. butter

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

3 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2pound cherry tomatoes

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

4 c. mixed greens

Red onion slices

Cucumber slices

2 ounces blue cheese

Ranch or balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix together pecans, panko, salt, cayenne and black pepper.

Melt butter and oil in ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge chicken in pecan panko mixture. Sauté in skillet until brown on bottom — about 2 minutes. Turn chicken over and place skillet in oven. Bake 15 to 18 minutes until cooked through. Set aside. Slice when cool.

Lower oven temperature to 350°F. Arrange tomatoes on baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

To assemble, divide greens between two plates. Arrange red onion, cucumber, roasted tomatoes and chicken over greens. Top with blue cheese, if desired. Serve with ranch dressing or balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

All materials courtesy of Association for Dressings & Sauces / National Pecan Shellers Association

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