Chicken Barley Salad Recipe

Chicken Barley Salad

A better-for-you twist on chicken salad using whole grain barley, fresh fruit and herbs with a citrus vinaigrette

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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quick cook barley, uncooked
  • PAM® Organic Canola Oil No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Pure Wesson® Canola Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Gulden's® Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup cut-up fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or mint
  • Lettuce leaves, optional
Makes: 4 servings (1-3/4 cups each)

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  1. Bring water in medium saucepan to a boil over high heat. Stir in barley, cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Drain, if necessary, and spread in shallow pan to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat until hot. Sprinkle chicken with half of the salt. Place chicken in skillet and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until no longer pink, stirring several times. Remove from skillet and cool 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together orange peel, orange juice, lime juice, oil, mustard, honey and the remaining salt in small bowl until blended.
  4. Place barley and chicken in large bowl. Add orange juice mixture and stir to combine. Add strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and basil; toss together. Serve immediately, on lettuce leaves, if desired. Salad is best at room temperature.

Cook's Tip

To toast nuts, spread in ungreased pan. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 10 minutes or until light brown, stirring occasionally.
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Amount per Serving
Calories 490  
  % Daily Value*
Total fat 21 g 33%
Saturated fat 3 g 13%
Cholesterol 72 MG 24%
Sodium 381 MG 16%
Carbohydrate 45 g 15%
Dietary fiber 7 g 27%
Sugars 12 g
Protein 33 g
Vitamin A   3%
Vitamin C   61%
Calcium   6%
Iron   13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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* vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bakeware, baking at 400°F for 30 min, cooling, and then washing in standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating 4 times