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Diabetic Dishes – Grilled Chicken Salad

Posted by Lindsey Kanter, RDN on May 29, 2024 4:00:00 PM
Lindsey Kanter, RDN

Looking for a lunch or dinner option that's both satisfying and kind to your blood sugar?  Look no further than this fantastic grilled chicken salad recipe! It's packed with flavor, protein, and healthy fats, making it a perfect choice for managing diabetes.

bbq chicken on a sunny day

Why This Recipe is Diabetic-Friendly?

    • Lean Protein: Grilled chicken is a fantastic source of lean protein, which helps you feel full and keeps your blood sugar levels stable.
    • Fiber Fiesta: This salad is loaded with fiber-rich ingredients like lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes. Fiber slows down digestion, preventing blood sugar spikes.
    • Healthy Fats: Avocado and olive oil dressing provide healthy fats that keep you satiated and add flavor without added sugar.

Ready to Fire Up the Grill?

Here's what you'll need:

    • For the Chicken:
        • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
        • 1 tablespoon olive oil
        • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
        • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
        • Salt and pepper to taste
    • For the Salad:
        • 4 cups mixed greens
        • 1 cucumber, sliced
        • 1 roma tomato, diced
        • 1/2 avocado, diced
        • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
    • For the Dressing:
        • 2 tablespoons olive oil
        • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
        • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
        • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
        • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
        • Salt and pepper to taste

Let's Get Cooking!

    1. Marinate the Chicken: In a bowl, combine olive oil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Marinate the chicken breasts in this mixture for at least 15 minutes, or up to 30 minutes for extra flavor.
    1. Grill the Chicken: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Grill the chicken breasts for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
    1. Assemble the Salad: While the chicken cools, toss the mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, and avocado in a large bowl.
    1. Whip Up the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, oregano, salt, and pepper.
    1. Slice and Serve!: Slice the grilled chicken and add it to the salad. Drizzle with the dressing and top with crumbled feta cheese (if using).

Tips and Tricks:

    • Veggie Swap: Don't like a particular veggie? Swap it out for something you enjoy! Bell peppers, carrots, or black olives are all great additions.
    • Herb Heaven: Love fresh herbs? Add a sprinkle of chopped parsley or basil to the salad for an extra flavor boost.
    • Whole-Wheat Twist: Serve the salad on a bed of whole-wheat crackers or a toasted whole-wheat pita bread for added fiber and texture.

This salad is a delicious and nutritious way to manage your diabetes and keep your taste buds happy. So fire up that grill, whip up this flavorful salad, and enjoy a diabetic-friendly meal that won't disappoint!

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