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But you're gonna LOVE it.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 18, 2018

String beans. Arugula. Mango. Every home cook has their own special riff on the chicken salad that makes their rendition shine. But here's one that may even surprise seasoned home cooks: Lemonade.

Yes, lemonade. Skeptical? The culinary maestros at Chick-fil-A vouch for the unconventional addition in a new recipe posted on their blog, The Chicken Wire. Chef Stuart Tracy at Chick-fil-A's test kitchen cleverly marinates chicken for a quick hour in lemonade (from Chick-fil-A, of course), salt, and water, to imbue the salad with an added depth of flavor.

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The hearty salad also showcases English peas, fresh strawberries, carrots, radishes, and a garnish of toasted almonds. Then, it gets coated in a tangy Greek yogurt dressing with scallions and basil. Hungry? Get chirping, erm, chopping.

Chick-fil-A's Spring Chicken Salad

Servings 2 Meals or 4 Side Salads

Ingredients

Chicken (Allow 1 hr for the chicken to marinate)

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • ¼ cup Chick-fil-A Lemonade
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 oz. butter lettuce leaves
  • ¼ cup frozen English peas
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 strawberries, cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoon toasted almonds, chopped

Dressing

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 4-5 basil leaves, finely minced (plus more for the salad, if you like)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt