Bacon Chicken Salad

Bacon.

Garlic.

Avocado.

Did I mention bacon?!

There, now that I have your attention I want to share with you some of my favorite Paleo recipes featuring Pederson’s Natural Farms Uncured, No Sugar Added Bacon!! When I was given this opportunity I danced in my car. (It was a bright spot on my epic commute home.) Who wouldn’t want to review bacon?! And this bacon is A-MAZ-ING!

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I have tried it a few times before and have loved it with everything I have made with it, but it is truly awesome alone. This time I wanted to make something that was filling, and would make a great meal for someone living the Paleo lifestyle or not!

I present to you – Bacon Chicken Salad!

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Look at all of those veggies! Look at the big hunks of chicken! Look at the glorious bites of BACON! (I might be obsessed)

Step one…gather your tasty whole, fresh ingredients. I got these straight from the farmers market Saturday morning.

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And this came straight from the Pederson’s East Coast Sales Manager Mary Catherine Broadrick’s fridge. How cool is that!? Not only is their product delectable, but their customer service is on point.

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy,  Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

 

Step two…throw your chicken thighs on the stove. I always prefer thighs because they don’t dry out. I was very distracted by the bacon that I forgot to take a picture of the chicken cooking. We’ve all seen chicken cooking in a pan…nothing exciting!

Step three…cook up that bacon! Now, I only planned on using half of the pack for this meal. The other half was destined to become Paleo chocolate covered bacon…it was a disaster. I have no pictures. I ate it all. I regret nothing. BUT since I was going to need the bacon to be pretty flat for that recipe, I cooked my bacon on a foil lined cookie sheet for 15ish minutes at 350 degrees. I like the foil because it makes for easy cleanup, minimal sticking, and really helps with collecting the bacon grease to save!

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

 

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com Step four…chop up your veggies into bite site pieces and put them in a bowl. This week I used red pepper, yellow onion, cucumber, avocado, and at the last minute garlic. How could I forget the garlic?! The avocado is what will give your chicken salad the creamy that it is missing from the lack of mayo. It *might* be my favorite part (besides the bacon lol).

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.comBacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

 

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

Nom Nom Nom

Step five…Take your bacon out of the oven and pat down with paper towels. I LOVE me some bacon grease, but I do not need to drown in it. Then chop it up into smallish pieces so that each bite will get a little bacon love.

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

 

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

You can almost smell it through the computer…can’t you!?

CAREFULLY pour your bacon grease into some sort of collection device. This sounds mildly technical, but I use one of the coffee mugs that rarely get used (they’re too small). I love using bacon fat for cooking with, or as a component to a dressing.

While you are chopping up your bacon, go ahead and get those chicken thighs cut up. I finally remembered to get a picture of the chicken! Go me!

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Step 6…mix it all together! Just a light stir is needed, nothing too crazy.

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Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.com

To top off my salad I drizzled a little of the bacon grease on top. Just enough to get that bacon flavor throughout the dish and voila! lunch is served!

Bacon Chicken Salad - Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated - www.crunchycrafty.comThere you have it! A filling meal that is fit for the Paleo, Whole30 (they are certified you know!), or bacon lover in your life!

Another cool thing about the Pederson’s Family (and yes, they are a family) is their Annual Bacon Bash event coming up on October 18, 2014 in Cranfills Gap, Texas. If you are in that area (or just want to be for the day) check it out!

Use their handy Store Locator to find your nearest supply of Pederson’s Natural Farms products!!

**This is a sponsored post. I was given free product in exchange for this 
review/recipe. All opinions are my own.**

 

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24 Comments

  1. The Vanilla Housewife

    All you had to say was bacon and avocados an you had my head nodding. Yes please!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Right!? I love putting those 2 together…it just makes sense 🙂

  2. Christina

    Looks like an awesome salad!! P.S. Its awesome how you put your logo on all your images. Really smart!!! 🙂
    ~Christina
    http://thedancegrad.com

    • mrsdmeeks

      Thanks so much for stopping by!!

      Adding my logo is one of my favorite bloggy tricks!! Gotta make them Pinable 🙂

    • mrsdmeeks

      YAY!! Thanks for stopping by…I’ll add it now 🙂

  3. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    I am a bacon fanatic. I love all things bacon. Did you see I have a bacon board on Pinterest? Did you know this post is going on that board asap?

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    • mrsdmeeks

      You are awesome. Bacon is awesome. Pumpkin chocolate chip BACON cookies are on the menu for this weekend…be on the lookout 😉

  4. twintestedpins

    Thanks for linking up with us a the Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday Linky. Hope to see you again this week. Party starts Wednesday night at 8 pm EST!
    Lauren
    Twin Tested, Pin Approved

    • mrsdmeeks

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Giramuk’s Kitchen

    I definitely need to start getting healthy around my house (after Christmas!)! This sounds like the perfect salad to kick start it!! 😀 Will keep both myself and my husband happy!!

    • mrsdmeeks

      This is SUPER tasty!! I mean, you just can’t go wrong with bacon!!

  6. Alyssa

    Looks Delicious I cannot wait to try it. You had me at Bacon!

    • mrsdmeeks

      Bacon really does make everything better!! I hope you like it 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. MRS. AOK

    Oh yum! My mouth is watering, this looks SO tasty.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Mommy Monday!
    XOXO

    • mrsdmeeks

      🙂 This is one of the BEST salads that I have ever made! That reminds me…I should make it again and soon! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. workingmommagic

    Oh my goodness I want this for lunch now!! Looks so good! Congrats on your feature on monday mommy blog hop! 🙂

    • mrsdmeeks

      🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!! This really is one of my favorite lunches…how can you go wrong with bacon? Have a great week!

  9. Natalina

    It was fast, easy and ready in minutes. I served my on hard rolls and a dab more dressing. Was fabulous for dinner.

    • mrsdmeeks

      YAY!!! I’m so glad that you liked it 🙂 Hard rolls sound like the perfect compliment to this salad!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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