Chicken Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

chicken_roasted_tomatoes½ cup pecans, finely chopped and toasted
½ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons butter
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ pound cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 cups mixed greens
Red onion slices
Cucumber slices
2 ounces blue cheese
Ranch or balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix together pecans, panko, salt, cayenne and black pepper.

Melt butter and oil in ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge chicken in pecan panko mixture. Sauté in skillet until brown on bottom – about 2 minutes. Turn chicken over and place skillet in oven. Bake 15 to 18 minutes until cooked through. Set aside. Slice when cool.

Lower oven temperature to 350°F. Arrange tomatoes on baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

To assemble, divide greens between two plates. Arrange red onion, cucumber, roasted tomatoes and chicken over greens. Top with blue cheese, if desired. Serve with ranch dressing or balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Yield: 2 Servings