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Buttermilk Baked Chicken with Spinach Salad

The buttermilk and honey marinade gives a delicious flavor under the crunchy chicken skin. Many of the same ingredients for the marinade go into the spinach salad dressing.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, September 2006


  • 2 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon honey
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves (10 to 12 ounces each), skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 3 slices white sandwich bread, torn into large pieces
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1 bag (5 ounces) baby spinach
  • 1 medium red apple, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved


  1. Make marinade: In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups buttermilk, 3 tablespoons honey, garlic, 2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag (or baking dish); add marinade and seal (or cover). Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.

  2. Make salad dressing: In a jar, combine remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk, sour cream, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon honey; season generously with salt and pepper. Shake vigorously to combine. Refrigerate.

  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a food processor, pulse bread, oil, and Herbes de Provence until fine crumbs form; season generously with salt and pepper (you should have about 1 1/2 cups).

  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lift chicken from marinade, letting excess drip off (discard remaining marinade). Place chicken on foil, bone side down; sprinkle with breadcrumbs, patting them on lightly. Bake until crumbs are browned and chicken is cooked through, 30 to 40 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine spinach, apple, and grapes. Add dressing and toss. Serve salad with chicken.

Cook's Notes

Herbes de Provence is a combination of dried herbs traditionally used in southern French cooking. Most often, it consists of rosemary, marjoram, basil, savory, thyme, and sometimes lavender. Look for it in the spice aisle.


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