Paprika Lemon Chicken Salad
5 skinless chicken breast halves, boned and defatted
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp paprika
1/2 Tbsp granulated garlic
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
3/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups thickly sliced mushrooms
1 1/4 cups baby spinach
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 pinch sea salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 tsp dry thyme, crushed
4 tsp lime peel
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp canola oil
4 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Pinch cane sugar
Preheat oven to 400F. Combine ingredients for dressing, mix well and refrigerate until needed.
In a small bowl, combine first sea salt, paprika, garlic granules, black pepper and lemon juice. Rub 1 1/2 teaspoons spice mixture on each chicken breast, 3/4 teaspoon per side. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken for 1 minute on each side. Transfer to oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until juices run clear when pierced with a fork. Cool and cut into cubes.
Remove dressing from refrigerator and combine with mushrooms in a large bowl. Marinate 5 minutes, then add in spinach, romaine, salt and pepper, nuts, onions and thyme. Mix well.
Serve 1 chicken breast, cubed, over 3/4 cup salad. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon lime peel to garnish.