Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat)

 Mixed greens tossed with juicy chicken, crispy apple slices, red onions, blue cheese and crunchy pecans. A fresh and healthy Fuji Apple Chicken Salad inspired by the famous Panera Bread version.

Panera Bread's Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

I’ve been holding off on you. When we were in Washington D.C. in September we ate at Panera Bread and I tried their fuji apple chicken salad. SO GOOD! Addiction-worthy-good. So, naturally, I re-created it when we got home and it was incredible. I love that I don’t have to head out to find a Panera whenever I get the craving for this salad.

Panera Bread's Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

But why on earth did I wait so long to share this recipe?? Well it seems like September would have been perfect timing, what with apple season and all, but I got all wrapped up in sweet potato casseroles, glazed hams and homemade candy that I kind of forgot about it for a millisecond and next thing I knew it was 3 days til Christmas and all I wanted to do was stuff my face with cookies. But now it’s January! Salad season! My favorite. So I know it’s terrible that I’ve been holding out for so long but… better late than never right?

Panera Bread's Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

Panera Bread's Fuji Apple Chicken Salad
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Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat)

Mixed greens tossed with juicy chicken, crispy apple slices, red onions, blue cheese and crunchy pecans. A fresh and healthy salad inspired by the famous Panera Bread version.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Keyword apple, Chicken, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to half inch thickness
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 6-8 cups mixed greens
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves (such as Diamond of California)
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 cups apple chips (store-bought or go [url:1]here[/url] for a great homemade version)
  • 1 cup fuji apple salad dressing store-bought (I prefer the one by Lighthouse, it's my fav!) or homemade (click [url:2]here[/url] for a recipe)

Instructions

  • Season chicken breasts with seasoning salt and cook on both sides for 3-4 minutes each in a greased skillet or pan over medium heat. Cut into pieces and set aside.
  • In a large bowl toss together mixed greens, tomatoes, sliced onions, and chicken. Sprinkle pecans, cheese crumbles, and apple chips on top. Serve with fuji apple dressing.

Recipe adapted from spicy southern kitchen

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Delicious! I opted to use Butterball Turkey breast vs. chicken with excellent results. I added a little chopped celery for a bit more crunch. I used Hellman’s light mayo and an additional Tbsp. fat free greek yogurt to make it extra creamy plus a pinch of salt. I mixed the dressing ingredients separate and then folded it into the other ingredients. I let it chill for a couple of hours and it was perfect over a bed of lettuce for a nice lunch!

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