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Late Lunches


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J and I wanted to grab lunch together after I got off of work early. We headed to Oggi’s and found out that the location nearest to us had, sadly, closed down. Then started the quest to find a suitable place to eat. We decided to go to Red Robin, then decided Olive Garden would be fine. Realizing I wasn’t a fan of OG, we headed towards the Red Robin we saw on our way in. When we realized it was a different restaurant, we were sick of going back and forth! We finally ended up at California Pizza Kitchen.

It was around 4PM, which was very late for my kind of lunch, or very early for dinner. Regardless,we were the only people inside. It was a hip CPK as it had a great bar and exposed kitchen so you could see your food being prepared.

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The waitress brought us out bread and a pesto-oil dip due to the delay of our food. It was tasty and a good change to the normal balsamic vinegar sides normally given at restaurants.

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We decided to go half and half on our meals. I ordered a BBQ Chicken salad with ranch and extra cilantro on the side. It had chicken, cilantro, tomatoes, corn, and scallions. I could have added in avocado, but for $3 extra, it seemed to be too much money for a couple slices. It had a sweet kick to it due to the corn and tomatoes. I will have to remake this one on my own with some lite BBQ sauce.

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J ordered the Wild Mushroom Pizza. It was good, but definitely would have been better with some chicken. The crust was thinner than I expected, but it made it easy to fold to dip into the ranch! Yumm, mozzarella and ranch!
What’s your favorite dish from CPK ?

Bourbon & Tapatio Chicken Salad

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Have you ever thought about how “a chicken salad” and “chicken salad” are two different things? The first refers to a bed of lettuce and chicken, while the second refers to a concoction of mayo and shredded chicken. Well, this is one of my favorite recipes ever and is a chicken salad.Ingredients:
Chicken:
Uncooked Chicken Breast
Stubbs Hickory Bourbon Marinade
Tapatio Sauce

Salad:
Romaine Lettuce
Spinach
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Cilantro
Bolthouse Farms Ranch Dressing

Defrost your chicken breast and marinade in sauce. Make sure the pieces are covered completely and feel free to “massage” those suckers! Add two tablespoons of Tapatio sauce to the mix to give it an extra spice. Cover with saran wrap and let soak for at least 30 minutes. While it is marinading, prepare your salad.I used whole romaine lettuce because it was cheaper than the salad packs. Cuut the leaves into small pieces, about two inches by two inches.
Cut spinach into bite size pieces and mixed with lettuce.
Cut cucumbers into thin pieces and diced tomatoes into small cubes. Add cilantro to taste.

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Grill chicken until cooked fully.  Add Bolthouse Ranch to salad mix and toss, ensuring dressing covers all lettuce.
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Chop chicken into small strips. Add to your salad and enjoy!How do you like your salads? Let me know below!

Bourbon and Tapatio Chicken Salad

Have you ever thought about how “a chicken salad” and “chicken salad” are two different things? The first refers to a bed of lettuce and chicken, while the second refers to a concoction of mayo and shredded chicken. Well, this is one of my favorite recipes ever and is a chicken salad.

 

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Ingredients:
Chicken:
Uncooked Chicken Breast
Stubbs Hickory Bourbon Marinade
Tapatio Sauce

Salad:
Romaine Lettuce
Spinach
Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Cilantro
Bolthouse Farms Ranch Dressing

 

Directions:

Defrost your chicken breast and marinade in sauce. Make sure the pieces are covered completely and feel free to “massage” those suckers! Add four tablespoons of Tapatio sauce to the mix to give it an extra spice. Cover with saran wrap and let soak for at least 30 minutes. While it is marinading, prepare your salad. 

I used whole romaine lettuce because it was cheaper than the salad packs. Cut the leaves into small pieces, about two inches by two inches. 
Cut spinach into bite size pieces and mixed with lettuce. 
Cut cucumbers into thin pieces and diced tomatoes into small cubes. Add cilantro to taste. 

 

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Grill your chicken until it is fully cooked. Slice into thin pieces. Top your salad with Bolthouse Farms Ranch Dressing and enjoy!

 

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