Chicken Salad with Pecans and Grapes

Hi friends! Today I am excited to share an easy recipe that I have been really been enjoying. I got this inspiration for this recipe from my husband’s aunt. She made a similar dish for a girl’s lunch one day last fall and I couldn’t stop thinking about how delish it was, so I had to try it myself. Now, I have been making my chicken salad with pecans and grapes on repeat for months. It’s great over salad, on a sandwich or with crackers.

If you follow me over on Instagram, you know that I have love-hate relationship with my slow cooker. After many attempted recipes, I think I finally found the best use for this common kitchen appliance – pulled chicken! It’s a great base for a variety of seasonings and marinades. Now that I have figured that out, the slow cooker is my go-to for easy meal prep. The slow cooker I have is on the smaller side and pretty basic, but it gets the job done. I also like that it easily fits in one of my lower kitchen cabinets (click here).

The trick to making chicken in the slow cooker is to let the chicken and seasonings be the star of the show. No need for extra ingredients or tons of liquid. That being said, other than when I used the slow cooker for chili, I rarely use it for a complete meal. For this recipe, I stuck with the basic ingredients for the chicken because I wanted a neutral flavored base for the chicken salad. I am not a huge fan of mayo, but I love Primal Kitchen’s classic Avocado Oil Mayo. According to their website, they pride themselves on offering products, “that contain no dairy, gluten, grain, refined sugar or soy” (source: Primal Kitchen). A huge plus for a gluten-free gal like me! You’ll also notice that their products are paleo and whole 30 friendly. I am definitely going to be trying more products from Primal Kitchen.

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Gluten Free Chicken Salad with Pecans and Grapes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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The inspiration for this recipe comes my husband’s aunt and memories of a nice girl’s day in her backyard. Enjoy!

Ingredients

    For the chicken:
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 c unsalted chicken broth (water works fine too)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion power
  • For the chicken salad
  • 1/2 c mayo (or more to your liking)
  • 1 c red grapes, halved
  • 1/4 c pecans, chopped
  • Fresh cracked s/p to taste
  • For the Dressing
  • Juice from 1/2 fresh lemon
  • Drizzle of EVOO

Directions

  1. In your slow cooker, combine chicken with liquid and dry seasonings and cook for 4 hours on high.
  2. Once chicken is done, carefully transfer chicken to a clean bowl and discard extra liquid.
  3. Use two forks to shred chicken.
  4. Add mayo, grapes and pecans. Mix together throughly.
  5. Place the chicken salad over greens or on sandwich bread. Drizzle with EVOO, a little fresh lemon juice and fresh s/p.
  6. Tip: If you don’t need to completely meal prep, wait to add the grapes, pecans, EVOO, lemon juice, s/p until you’re about ready to eat. I think this helps the grapes and pecans from getting soggy.

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Hi friends! Today I am sharing one of my all time favorite recipes – Buffalo Chicken Burgers. This recipe is easy and can be made right in your kitchen; no BBQ grill needed. In fact, I think this recipe actually comes out better on the stove top than the grill. The consistency of a chicken burger is a bit different than a beef burger which makes it prone to falling apart on the grill. These Buffalo Chicken Burgers come out perfect every time and I seriously can’t get enough of them. They’re melt in your mouth good!

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When I make these burgers, I love to use a cast iron skillet or grill pan on my stove top. A few months ago I got a new Le Creuset Skillet from QVC. I have had a Le Creuset Dutch oven for a few years which I absolutely love. This brand is really well made and I think I will have these pieces forever. What I love about my new Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet Grill is the shape. If you’re like me and have a 5-burner stove with the awkward oval burner in the middle, this skillet is a perfect fit. Now that I have an oval skillet that properly fits over this burner, it heats evenly which makes for a much better dish. This skillet can fit two good size burgers at a time (perfect for date night at home) and it gives burgers great grill marks. I realize Le Creuset items are a bit pricey. When you purchase through QVC you have the option to break your payments up into multiple “Easy Pay” payments which may make these splurge items a bit more manageable. I have the Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet Grill in the color Coastal Blue.

Right now you can get a similar Le Creuset grill pan (I do not have this one) on sale at William Sonoma for $99 and free shipping. If you’re not in the market for a Le Creuset Skillet Grill that is okay. You can use a traditional cast iron skillet (like this one) for this recipe too. A cast iron skillet is a cookware staple. I get so much use out of mine and it’s under $30!

The Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 – 1/2c plain gluten-free panko bread crumbs (depends on how wet your mixture turns out)
  • 1/4c finely chopped carrot, celery and yellow or white onion (tip: use the food processor)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika (optional)
  • 4 tbsp Buffalo style hot sauce (1 tbsp/burger)
  • EVOO to prep the skillet
  • Optional: Blue cheese dressing, mixed greens & a warm gluten-free bun to finish your burger

The Directions:

  • In a large bowl, add the egg, carrots, celery, onions and dry seasonings to the ground chicken.
  • Start combining the ingredients by hand while gradually adding in the panko. You may need more or less depending on how much fat is in your ground chicken and/or water in the veggies. The burgers will be on the wet side, but should still form patties that you can easily transfer to your skillet. Avoid drying up this mixture with too much panko which will cause the burgers to dry out when they’re cooking.
  • Using the combine mixture, divide the chicken into four equal burger patties.
  • Pre-heat your grill over medium heat then lightly brush with olive oil.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Brown each size of the burgers for about 4 minutes. You will know the burgers are ready to flip when they easily lift from the skillet with a rubber spatula. They will also have grill marks or be nicely browned from your pan.
  • Transfer the skillet into the oven for about 20-25 minutes. Use a thermometer to be sure they’re cooked fully.
  • At this point, don’t forget to toast your buns if they’re frozen or if that’s how you prefer them.
  • Carefully remove from the oven and drizzle 1 tbsp of Buffalo hot sauce over each burger then place the burgers and skillet back into the oven under the broiler on low for 3 minutes.
  • Again, carefully remove the skillet from the oven transfer your burgers to your favorite buns, top with blue cheese dressing and mixed green. Enjoy!
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Origins Skincare Review

If you read my recent FAB and Beautycounter posts, you know that I am someone who has battled sensitive skin and blemishes for as long as I can remember. Because of that, I have come to really value a good skincare routine. It is super important to me that I find products that keep my skin looking and feeling its best. Whenever possible I also try to opt for “cleaner” and “safer” ingredients. Three of my favorite tried and true skincare brands are First Aid Beauty, Beautycounter and Origins. I have re-purchased products from these brands repeatedly over the last four years. Origins’ values sustainability, ingredient sourcing and being proactive about their environmental impacts. You can read more about Origins’ mission and values on their site (click here). Many of Origins’ products have received the “clean at Sephora” label as well.

Some of the Origins’ products, including a few from today’s post, are currently on sale at Sephora!

Active Charcoal Mask

This is a great mask (click here) for oily skin and clogged pores. Since my skin is on the dry side, I focus this in the areas where I need it instead of a full face mask. Sometimes I’ll leave it overnight as a spot treatment. I have found it works best after I steam or exfoliate my skin; this helps to open up my pores, so the charcoal can get to work. This has been a great buy for me because it’s effective and it has lasted a really long time. Keep in mind, that this can be drying and probably not something you will use daily.

High-Potency Night-a-Mins™ Oil-Free

This night cream (click here) resurfaces and refreshes skin overnight. Every time I use this, I feel like my skin is moisturized and glowing when I wake up. It’s a good option if you’re looking to even out your skin tone and fade dark marks. It has a gel-like consistency and a light citrus scent. Origins also makes this in a heavier, non-oil-free version too (click here). I definitely recommend this one!

Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask

This mask (click here) is great for nights you need extra moisture. I have borrowed this from my mom a bunch. Unlike most masks, you actually don’t rinse this one off. Instead, it’s meant to soak into your skin overnight for extra hydration; more like a heavy moisturizer versus a mask. It has a very light scent and has not cause my skin to breakout. I have loved using this, as needed, throughout the winter.

Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash

This is a great, gentle cleanser (click here) for oily and acne prone skin. It does a good job of removing makeup and excess oil. If you have dry skin, I would not recommend this one as it may leave your face very tight and dry.

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