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Chicken Power Bowls with Crispy Baked Garbanzo Beans
Ingredients: 15oz can garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas) 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 2 chicken breasts (12-14oz,) pounded to an even thickness extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper 4 eggs 9oz baby spinach 1/2 cup shelled pistachios 1/2 cup dried cranberries 4oz chevre (goat cheese)
For the Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette: Juice of 2 lemons 6 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons honey 1 garlic clove, microplaned or minced salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain garbanzo beans then rinse and pat dry with a towel (the dryer the better!) Pour onto a baking sheet then add extra virgin olive oil and toss with your hands to coat. Bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until caramel in color (beans will continue crisping as they cool.) Sprinkle with salt then set aside to cool completely. (Can be done ahead of time. Bake then cool completely before storing in an airtight container.)
Place eggs in a saucepan then cover with cold water 1″ above the tops. Bring to a boil, place a lid on top, then remove pan from heat and let sit for 12 minutes. Drain then plunge eggs into ice water or run under cold water for a few minutes. Peel eggs when cool enough to handle then slice. (Can be done ahead of time. Cook then peel eggs and store in the refrigerator, and then slice before serving.)
Brush chicken breasts on both sides with extra virgin olive oil then season with salt and pepper. Saute in a skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes a side, or until no longer pink in the center. Cool for 10 minutes, then thinly slice. (Can be done ahead of time. Cook then cool and refrigerate, and then slice before serving.)
Divide spinach between four bowls then top each bowl with 1/4 cup crispy baked garbanzo beans, 1/4 of the cooked chicken, 1 sliced hard-boiled egg, 2 Tablespoons each pistachios and dried cranberries, and 1oz crumbled goat cheese.
For the Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette: combine all ingredients in a jar or bowl then shake or whisk to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary then pour over salads and serve.
So here is today's salad. Are you going to give it a try?