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Lorena Garcia’s Tropical Chicken Salad with Caramelized Walnuts and Coconut Shavings recipe

Diced chicken is tossed with spicy nutspineapple, berries and coconut in this unforgettable chickensalad from Chef Lorena Garcia.

Recipe: Lorena Garcia’s TropicalChicken Salad
with Caramelized Walnuts and Coconut Shavings

Chicken Salad:2 cups fresh diced pineapple2 chicken breasts, diced and boiled inwater
1/2 cup strawberries cut in quarters

Caramelized Walnuts:
2 tablespoons Caribbean jerk seasoning
2 tablespoons chicken stock1 tablespoon molasses3/4 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener,Granulated3/4 cup walnuts
Tropical Dressing:1/2 cup apple, diced
2 tablespoons SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and fresh pepper, to taste1/2 cup coconut shavings for garnish

  • For Chicken Salad: Prepare the pineapplesby washing and dividing them in half lengthwise; scooping outthe pineapple and reserving the shells.
  • Toss the chicken, pineapple, and strawberriesin a large bowl and set aside.
  • For Caramelized Walnuts: mix jerk seasoning,stock, molasses and 3/4 cup of SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetenertogether in a bowl. Pour in the walnuts, place them on a sheetpan, and bake them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) untilgolden brown and crispy.
  • Cool the nuts and add to the chicken mixture.
  • For Tropical Dressing: mix all the dressingingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Pour the dressing into the mixing bowlwith the remaining together.
  • Spoon the mixture inside the pineapplehalf shell, for presentation, and sprinkle with coconut shavings.

    Makes 4 servings.

    Nutritional Facts Per Serving (1/4 of recipe):Calories: 630; Calories from Fat: 470; Total Fat: 53g; SaturatedFat: 12g; Cholesterol: 35mg; Sodium: 910mg; Total Carbs: 26g;Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 17g; Protein: 19g

    Exchanges per Serving: 2 1/2 Lean Meats,1/2 Starch, 9 Fats, 1 Fruit

    Recipe courtesy of Splenda, Inc. Splenda®is a no-calorie sweetener made from sugar that is suitable fordiabetics. For more information regarding this product, pleasecall 1-800-777-5363 or visit their website at

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