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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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  • MS12183335
    28 JAN, 2012
    This is a great recipe. This will get two thumbs up from the men that typically like fried chicken and mash potatoes. I am about to make it for the second time.
  • blondiedagyaho
    8 DEC, 2011
    This is a great recipe, one of the best chicken recipes I have ever made. Reminds me of KFC chicken, only baked . Use this recipe you will not be disappointed.
  • headlessbubble
    20 FEB, 2010
    worst chicken ever. I hated this recipe
  • netboyd
    11 MAR, 2009
    awesome combo for a light and healty meal, i too used boneless skinless chicken breast..i made the salad again for lunch today. i love the dressing!
  • magaleena
    5 MAR, 2009
    This was yummy! I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts and everyone loved it!!
  • tpankey
    5 AUG, 2008
    I make this with skinless, boneless chicken breasts. A tastier, healther chicken strips. The whole family likes it.
  • timdebthomas
    15 JUL, 2008
    I thought this was a wonderful meal, and did not take as long as I thought it would. (it looked a little daunting at first) I think the treat is good Herbes de Provence! I got mine at williams and sonomoa, and I like the flavor so much I have used it in several meals now.
  • bigeyeblue
    8 MAY, 2008
    My family (husband, two kids 5 and 7) loved this chicken. The salad dressing was okay, I think part of it was there needed to be more on the salad than I had originally put on it. I used whole wheat bread instead of white. Will definitely make it again.
  • ddangerfield1
    28 APR, 2008
    I made this for dinner for the family last night and I was not too impressed with the chicken. It was o.k. but I was a bit disappointed in the flavor. I don't think I would make it again.
  • ckvennie
    21 APR, 2008
    I used boneless, skinless thighs and prepared garlic and italian bread crumbs. I dipped chicken in breadcrumbs to coat and drizzled with olive oil before baking. Instead of making the salad dressing, I used light ranch dressing. This meal is a keeper. The next day for lunch, I sliced part of a thigh over some salad. Very good too.