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Under 30 Minutes

Crispy Chicken and Apple Salad

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  • Servings: 4
Crispy Chicken and Apple Salad

Source: Everyday Food, November 2011


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound total)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large head red leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces (8 cups)
  • 2 apples, such as Gala or Fuji, cored and cut into thin wedges
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  1. On a plate, season flour with 1/4 teaspoon salt. In a shallow dish, whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water. On another plate, season panko with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pat chicken dry. Dredge chicken in flour, then dip in egg, letting excess drip off. Coat with panko, pressing gently to adhere.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium. Add chicken; cook until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes total, flipping once. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar, and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Arrange lettuce, apples, and cranberries on a platter. Slice chicken, add to platter, and drizzle with dressing.

Reviews (4)

  • pamy 22 Oct, 2013

    I love this recipe. I took Sarah Carrey's suggestion and added a small amount of fresh tarragon to the dressing and it made it pop. Tonight I'm trying the salad alone, using dried cherries instead of cranberries with fuji apples and adding feta. I know it will be great. This is going on the menu for lunch with the girls.

  • lisaroth1 20 Oct, 2013

    I haven't yet made it but a little gorgonzola or feta cheese would add some zip!

  • flowers731 15 Oct, 2013

    This was a very easy, quick dinner salad. We loved all the components, but we found the dressing was lacking in flavor--just trying to figure out what to add to give it a little zip. We will definitely make this again.

  • surfotter 12 Jan, 2012

    This is an EASY delicious meal!!!! Use the left over buttermilk for pancakes the next morning.

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