Buttermilk baked chicken with spinach salad


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Buttermilk baked chicken with spinach salad  

  

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 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 (1 ounce each) 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
  • Directions

    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.
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