Juicy, warm chicken breasts baked in a crunchy pecan and garlic flavored coating sit on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce. Dried cranberries and mandarin oranges add a sweetness that is balanced by the tanginess of crumbled blue cheese. Ranch dressing ties the dish together to make a wonderfully light, filling salad.

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Ingredients

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

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Place the creamy garlic dressing and pecans in separate bowls. Dip each chicken breast in the dressing then in the pecans to coat. Arrange chicken on a baking sheet.

  • Bake chicken 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until juices run clear. Cool slightly, and cut into strips.

  • On serving plates, arrange equal amounts of the lettuce, mandarin oranges, cranberries, and blue cheese. Top with equal amounts chicken, and serve with Ranch dressing.

Nutrition Facts

956 calories; 70.2 g total fat; 97 mg cholesterol; 1473 mg sodium. 47.9 g carbohydrates; 35.4 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2007
Delish! The best way to get any "crust" to stick is to flour the chicken/fish-whatever first then dip into your liquid mix (eggs dressing etc) then coat with nuts/breading or whatever. The flouring first is the trick. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/20/2007
Umm 70 g. of fat is not a light salad. Read More
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81 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 45
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2007
Delish! The best way to get any "crust" to stick is to flour the chicken/fish-whatever first then dip into your liquid mix (eggs dressing etc) then coat with nuts/breading or whatever. The flouring first is the trick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2007
This salad is delicious! I found a way to keep your pecans on the chicken. I pounded the pecans so that they crumbled more. This helped them adhere much better. Only a few fell off from the bottom when baking. Also definately use basalmic vinegar dressing-the flavor is awesome with all the other ingrediants!!Hope this helps!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2006
Delicous! My favorite salad is Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad from TGIFs. Had one last night for supper. Made this for lunch and it was very similar. I also am not sure what creamy garlic salad dressing is so I used garlic ranch to coat the chicken. I also used chicken tenders and baked at 350 for about 20 minutes. Substituted original Craisins for the cranberries. Served with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. My husband is not a fan of blue cheese and complained when I added but he rated the recipe a 5 and even admitted to me the mandarin oranges craisins & blue cheese compliment each other along with the balsamic vinaigrette. (Served with TGIFs salad.) Next time I will chill the chicken in the fridge for about a half hour after I have the dressing and nuts on the chicken and then bake. It will hold the nuts better. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/20/2007
Umm 70 g. of fat is not a light salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2005
Positively delish! I made enough for 4 and my husband and I happily finished it off by ourselves. My personal notes: -It's just as good with Ranch dressing as without. -Creamy Ceasar dressing works great since I didn't really know what garlic dressing was being an amateur and all. -Even if you hate bleu cheese just try a little. My husband loved it and he can't stand bleu cheese. -Next time I'm going to put the chopped lettuce in a colander and drain the juice from the oranges over it. I just think it will give the lettuce an extra kick. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2005
Tried this recipe for the first time last night and it was a big hit! Very light and refreshing. The mandarin oranges add just a hint of sweetness without being overpowering. I didn't even add the ranch dressing as the natural flavor was wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2007
Great as a main dish on a hot summer day! I did not have creamy garlic dressing so I used Ranch dressing to dip the chicken in before coating with the pecans and that worked just fine. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2007
This was a very good salad. However next time I would either add Craisins or skip the cranberries altogether because they made it a little too sour. Also I think a vinaigrette type dressing would have been better than the ranch. But we really liked it and the chicken came out very good. Also we added candied walnuts and those really improved the salad as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2006
I used the pecan crusted portion of this recipe the other night it was DELISH. I added an egg to the dressing as I was skitish about the stick of the pecans and all was well. Thanks for an easy and delicious suggestion. Read More
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