This whimsical and delicious chicken salad was inspired by the famous Cosmopolitan cocktail. The cranberry-citrus mixture is used in two ways - one portion to marinate the chicken and the remainder as a salad dressing. The crisp and clean flavor combinations create a light and healthy yet totally satisfying salad that enhances the chicken. An indoor grill pan may be used to cook the chicken, if preferred.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the cranberry sauce and orange marmalade. Warm and stir until melted and well blended. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice, orange juice and vegetable oil. Remove 1/2 cup of the mixture and set aside in the refrigerator for later.

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  • Allow the mixture to cool then stir in the lemon vodka and transfer to a large resealable bag. Season the chicken pieces with salt and lemon pepper; place them into the bag with the marinade. Seal the bag and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, turning occasionally.

  • Preheat a grill for medium heat. Remove the chicken from the plastic bag, discarding the marinade.

  • Place the chicken pieces on the preheated grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until firm and no longer pink in the center. If you have a meat thermometer, it should measure 160 degrees F (70 degrees C) when measured in the thickest part. Remove chicken to a cutting board and allow to rest for about 5 minutes.

  • While the chicken is resting, combine the salad greens, cranberries, and orange segments. Pour the reserved citrus marinade over the salad and toss lightly to coat. Divide the salad between four serving plates. Slice each piece of chicken crosswise into 1/2 inch strips. Arrange over the tops of the salads and sprinkle with orange zest strips.

Nutrition Facts

439 calories; 15.5 g total fat; 68 mg cholesterol; 634 mg sodium. 48.8 g carbohydrates; 29.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2014
Excellent. Wonderful fresh light flavor. I was not cooking in my own kitchen so made some subs. Some of which I would have made at home others out of necessity. Bottled lime juice for fresh; olive oil for veg; a splash of lemon juice and a splash of white wine for lemon-flavored vodka; garlic pepper for lemon pepper; chopped iceberg lettuce for bagged Euro blend; no orange zest (no zester); added one-half cup chopped pecans. When I make this again I will use fresh lime juice and the orange zest. HOWEVER...pull out soap box here...if I'm going to all the trouble to use fresh lime juice fresh oranges fresh orange zest I'm not going to risk all that freshness on bagged salad greens. I don't know about other cooks but I've found them unreliable. Sometimes OK other times taste like the inside of a stale empty unused refrigerator smells. Yeah I know canned cranberries and orange marmalade from a jar ain't exactly fresh squeezed!! Bottom line is that we really like this salad!! Update: just noticed that this recipe calls for 3/4 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon lemon pepper. Check to determine if your lemon pepper includes salt already. If so either omit salt or make adjustments. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/06/2006
I replaced the vegetable oil with olive oil and omitted the salt on the chicken since lemon pepper has a substantial amount of salt already. Other than those minor adjustments I followed things as they appeared. The dressing was a bit too sugary/syrupy for my taste but the dish was enjoyable nonetheless. Read More
(14)
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2014
Excellent. Wonderful fresh light flavor. I was not cooking in my own kitchen so made some subs. Some of which I would have made at home others out of necessity. Bottled lime juice for fresh; olive oil for veg; a splash of lemon juice and a splash of white wine for lemon-flavored vodka; garlic pepper for lemon pepper; chopped iceberg lettuce for bagged Euro blend; no orange zest (no zester); added one-half cup chopped pecans. When I make this again I will use fresh lime juice and the orange zest. HOWEVER...pull out soap box here...if I'm going to all the trouble to use fresh lime juice fresh oranges fresh orange zest I'm not going to risk all that freshness on bagged salad greens. I don't know about other cooks but I've found them unreliable. Sometimes OK other times taste like the inside of a stale empty unused refrigerator smells. Yeah I know canned cranberries and orange marmalade from a jar ain't exactly fresh squeezed!! Bottom line is that we really like this salad!! Update: just noticed that this recipe calls for 3/4 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon lemon pepper. Check to determine if your lemon pepper includes salt already. If so either omit salt or make adjustments. Read More
(28)
Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2014
Excellent. Wonderful fresh light flavor. I was not cooking in my own kitchen so made some subs. Some of which I would have made at home others out of necessity. Bottled lime juice for fresh; olive oil for veg; a splash of lemon juice and a splash of white wine for lemon-flavored vodka; garlic pepper for lemon pepper; chopped iceberg lettuce for bagged Euro blend; no orange zest (no zester); added one-half cup chopped pecans. When I make this again I will use fresh lime juice and the orange zest. HOWEVER...pull out soap box here...if I'm going to all the trouble to use fresh lime juice fresh oranges fresh orange zest I'm not going to risk all that freshness on bagged salad greens. I don't know about other cooks but I've found them unreliable. Sometimes OK other times taste like the inside of a stale empty unused refrigerator smells. Yeah I know canned cranberries and orange marmalade from a jar ain't exactly fresh squeezed!! Bottom line is that we really like this salad!! Update: just noticed that this recipe calls for 3/4 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon lemon pepper. Check to determine if your lemon pepper includes salt already. If so either omit salt or make adjustments. Read More
(28)
Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2006
I replaced the vegetable oil with olive oil and omitted the salt on the chicken since lemon pepper has a substantial amount of salt already. Other than those minor adjustments I followed things as they appeared. The dressing was a bit too sugary/syrupy for my taste but the dish was enjoyable nonetheless. Read More
(14)
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2006
this dish is definitely a winner in every sense.........easy healthy creative and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2006
This is fabulous combining cranberries and citrus to make a tangy delicious chicken salad. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/13/2009
This was pretty good. I followed the recipe exactly and in the end didn't find the chicken picked up much of the marinade flavour (although I marinated it for about 10 hours). The dressing was good but if I were to make this again I would add some toasted almonds for crunch Read More
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