orange inspired chicken salad

I’ve mentioned before that we rent our little house but I don’t know if I’ve mentioned the variety of fruit trees in our yard?

  • lemon tree
  • orange tree
  • plum tree
  • avocado (yet to have good ones)
  • cherimoya tree
  • and black berries (not a tree, but a bush.  Fruit none the less)

My daughter is particularly fascinated with our orange tree, or “ojoons” as she calls them.  She asks for me to pick one for her at least a couple of times a day.  And it’s not just any ol’ orange tree.  It’s a seedless orange tree.  They are super sweet and very juicy.  Also the membranes on these oranges (the skin between the segments) are really thin and not chewy at all.  They are really easy for her to eat a la “orange peel smile” style.  So after many afternoons picking oranges for my little one I decided that maybe I should come up with a Summer-ish way to enjoy these ojoons myself.

Orange inspired chicken salad over mixed greens

(Long) recipe note:   My intent was to infuse the yogurt with orange flavor with  fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest.  I added a touch of curry  for some depth or “oomph.”    Once I came up with my yogurt orange concoction it was just “alright.”  Ugh.  I hate when that happens.  Especially if it’s something that I’m blogging about.  So I just mixed it with the chicken and put it in the fridge while I worked on the vinaigrette for the greens.  When looking for a basic recipe I always turn to Ina Garten aka the Barefoot Contessa.  I found a vinaigrette recipe for her Cape Cod chopped salad  that included orange and orange zest and I followed it exactly.  So . . . WOW.  This vinaigrette IS the reason why she is the Contessa.  SO GOOD.  It got me kinda excited for how this entire salad was going to turn out especially since I wasn’t so jazzed about the yogurt dressing for the chicken. CUT TO about 2o minutes later when I pulled the chicken salad out of the fridge and tried it again and was very pleased.  It just took a little bit for all the flavors to get their act together.  So, long story short (too late).  Let the chicken sit with the yogurt dressing for 20 to 30 minutes if you want to be fully satisfied with the flavors.

On to the recipe.  Serves 4 ish

Orange inspired chicken salad over mixed greens

The chicken salad:

  • 4 cooked chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup celery diced small
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • the juice of one orange (half cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 oranges segmented
  • sliced almonds (for some crunch or use your fave nuts)
  • cranberries or raisins (totally optional if you don’t like the tangy chew factor)
  • Mixed salad greens (or lettuce of your choice)

Ina Garten’s Vinaigrette: (sweet and tangy and orange-y.)

  • 3 tablespoons good apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup good olive oil

Whisk together the vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, mustard, maple syrup, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and the pepper in a bowl.  Slowly whisk in the olive oil.  (I used an immersion blender)

For the chicken salad, combine yogurt, orange juice, orange zest, and curry together in a bowl.  Set aside in fridge for about 10 minutes so flavors can mingle together.  Then combine chicken, celery, cranberries and yogurt dressing together in a bowl.  Don’t add all the yogurt dressing at once.  Add a little bit at a time depending on how “dressed” you prefer your chicken salad.  Set aside in fridge for about 20 to 30 minutes.

To serve, coat the mixed greens lightly with some of the vinaigrette  and serve the chicken salad on top.  You might have vinaigrette left over, just drink it with a straw.  It’s that good.  Finally, sprinkle with almonds and orange segments and enjoy!

Until next Monday!

Jennifer

Linking up here:  Little Luna, Southern Lovely

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