Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

Panera Bread’s Fuji Apple Chicken Salad is one of favorite salads, especially this time of year. Unfortunately the nearest Panera Bread is about 20 minutes from my house. When I want to get my Fuji Apple Chicken Salad fix I sometimes just make my own at home.

The great thing about making it at home is you can do it for a fraction of the cost, plus you can control the ingredient proportions. Pants fitting a little tight one week? Go easy on the cheese and pecans and heavy on the mixed greens. Plus if you work from home like I do, you can portion the salad into 4 Tupperware containers (keep the pecans and apple chips separate so they don’t get soggy) and eat it for lunch all week.

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

It combines all of my salad favorites: a protein, cheese, fruit, and nuts. This salad is a lovely combination of mixed greens, chicken breast, tomatoes, red onion, gorgonzola cheese, pecans and the piece de resistance- Apple Chips!!! They totally make the salad and this time of year I say apples should be eaten at every opportunity.

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

I used these fabulous Caramelized Apple Chips that I made recently. It’s a super simple recipe that involves simmering thinly sliced apples in a water/sugar solution and then baking them in the oven. They get nice and crisp, plus have an incredible sweetness to them, just like the ones on Panera’s Fuji Apple Chicken Salad.

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

 

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad
 
This salad is a knock-off of Panera's salad. It's loaded with pecans, blue cheese, red onion, and delicious apple chips.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) package mixed greens
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
  • ¼ of an onion thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup toasted pecan halves
  • ½ cup gorgonzola cheese crumbles
  • 2 cups Apple Chips
Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup Canola oil or Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Combine olive oil and lemon juice and rub mixture into chicken breasts. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook chicken for 3-4 minutes per side or until no longer pink in the middle. Let cool and then slice.
  4. In a salad bowl combine mixed greens, tomatoes, red onion, cheese, and pecans. Top with chicken and sprinkle apple chips on top.
  5. To make dressing, whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl.
Notes
You can use packaged dehydrated apple slices for the apple chips or just use thinly sliced fresh apples.
To take some of the bite out of red onion, place the sliced onion in a bowl of ice water for at least 10 minutes. Works like a charm!

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Copycat)

10 thoughts on “Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

  1. Salads are the way to my heart. They’re probably on top if my list over dessert if you can believe that! This version sounds so delicious with all of those veggies, pecans, and those apple chips, and Gorgonzola. Your dressing also sounds terrific — nice and simple and flavorful — just the way I like it. Pinning!

  2. I love creating restaurant recipes at home – and I do love this salad from Panera : ) This is definitely going to happen soon. I really need to try making apple chips at home – these caramelized ones sounds amazing!

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