Grilled Chicken with Cobb Salad

The classic Cobb salad gets a summertime makeover and we are here for it. Chicken breasts come out tender every time with a quick buttermilk marinade. Dovetailing Tip: Grill 2 extra chicken breasts to use in Grilled Chicken and Kale Caesar Pressed Sandwich on day 3. Cook an extra 8 ounces of bacon to use in Cape Cod Chopped Salad on day 3.

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Serving size: 4
Calories per serving: 313

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 8 ounces each)
1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings
1 cup buttermilk
2 cloves garlic, smashed
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 slices bacon
3 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for the grill
4 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Pound the chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap with a mallet or heavy skillet until 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Transfer to a large bowl and add the onion, 3/4 cup buttermilk, the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain; reserve the drippings for the dressing. Chop the bacon.

Fill a small bowl with ice water. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the eggs and cook 4 minutes, then transfer 1 egg to the ice water using a slotted spoon. Continue cooking the remaining 2 eggs until hard-boiled, 6 more minutes; drain and let cool.

Make the dressing: Remove the 4-minute egg from the ice water and carefully peel (it will be soft); transfer to a blender. Add the vegetable oil, reserved bacon drippings, remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk, the vinegar, mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and blend until smooth and slightly thick, about 1 minute. Refrigerate while you cook the chicken, at least 15 minutes.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium high. Lightly brush with vegetable oil. Drain the chicken and onion, discarding the garlic; pat the chicken dry. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Grill the chicken, turning once, until just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Grill the onion, turning occasionally, until tender and lightly charred, about 10 minutes; roughly chop.

Peel and chop the hard-boiled eggs. Toss the romaine, grilled onion, tomato, avocado, blue cheese and 1/4 cup of the dressing in a large bowl. Divide the chicken among plates and top with the salad; top with the bacon and chopped hard-boiled eggs. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and season with pepper.


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