What the heck, right? How did I come up with this idea? Well let me tell you. It all started when I went to Applebees a year ago during my lunch hour with some of my co-workers. I decided to order the soup and salad for lunch where you can mix and match your salads and soups per serving.. I tried the Chicken Tortilla Soup and the Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad. The soup was amazing and the salad was irresistible and sexy. I devoured that salad so fast that by the time my waiter came back to check in on me and my co-workers, I asked for another serving of the salad. It was that good!
If you have followed my blog for a while then you probably know that I just had to figure out how to duplicate this magic at home in my lab. No this salad does not taste like it came from Applebee’s but that isn’t a bad thing. In the salad from Applebee’s the cheese that come with it is blue cheese. Well, blue cheese gives me really bad digestion issues, so I decided to substitute it with goat cheese. It’s lighter, it has the same consistency as blue cheese, and it doesn’t give me gas. The chicken breast is my idea. Having the pecan crust the chicken was good, but I wanted to kick it up a notch. Therefore, I thought added a hint of brown sugar would add some contrast to the chicken. It gives a hint of sweetness and I promise you won’t feel as though you are eating a sweet salad . I urge you to try it and let me know what you think. It may be one of those weird food ideas that only works for me, but I really think it could really work for you too. Especially if you like that Pecan Crusted Salad from Applebee’s.
Recipe inspired by Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad from Applebee’s.