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Brown Rice Salad with Grilled Chicken

This delightful dish is nutritious, simple to fix and brightens up any buffet table. It's a terrific way to use up leftover chicken, and you can add veggies according to your family's liking. -Glenda Harper of Cable, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups cubed grilled chicken breasts
  • 2 medium apples, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Lettuce leaves, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Serve in lettuce-lined bowls if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 236 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 295mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Teri Reuschel
    Mar 14, 2018

    Love this recipe. My farmer guys request this often.

  • LorNiles
    Aug 8, 2016

    What a delightful dish! This was our main dish Friday night and I ate the leftovers Sunday night. The lemon keeps the apple from browning. I will definitely make this recipe again.

  • mewolcott412
    Apr 27, 2013

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  • juicyfruit007
    Jan 8, 2013

    OK, so I have to add -- I tried the refrigerated leftovers the next day and, while still good, it wasn't nearly as delicious as when it was just made and at room temperature. Kind of lost the vinegar part of the taste, or something. Anyway, maybe it would have improved if I had allowed to return to room temperature again, I don't know, but just FYI!

  • juicyfruit007
    Jan 7, 2013

    YES, I would make this again!! I just finished scarfing down a bunch of it. I love that it is totally different than anything I have ever made before, that it is has lots of healthy ingredients in it, and it tastes great. I made it just about exactly as written.

  • Anonymous
    May 7, 2012

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  • administrator
    May 7, 2012

    This was an interesting recipe that I couldn't resist trying. Brown rice is always an eyecatcher and mixed with all those ingredients it was a keeper. Gave some away and they liked it, too.

  • charian
    Oct 25, 2010

    So much flavor and healthy! My family scraped the bowl! Keeper!

  • kristiracines
    Aug 13, 2010

    This was very good! Hearty enough for a meal.

  • nancymcsews
    Jun 29, 2008

    5 points