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Grilled Chive & Buckwheat Honey Chicken over Spring Greens

Chives and buckwheat honey are used to make a delicious chicken marinade that is also used as a lower-fat dressing for the salad greens. This main course salad is brimming with the healthy goodness of lean chicken, spring salad greens and dandelion greens.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 30 min


⅓ cup buckwheat honey
⅓ cup white wine vinegar
⅓ cup olive oil
1 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
¼ cup chives, chopped
1 ⅓ lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 cups mixed salad greens
2 cups dandelion greens, chopped
8 chive blossoms, (optional)
8 sprigs chives, fresh

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Puree buckwheat honey, vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard and chives in blender or food processor.

  2. Reserve half of this vinaigrette to dress the salad (½ cup – 125 mL). Pour other half over chicken breasts in a large re-sealable plastic bag. Seal. Use your hands to massage marinade into chicken pieces. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour and preferably overnight.

  3. Preheat grill over medium-high heat. Remove chicken breasts from bag and place on top shelf of bbq/grill. Grill 10-13 minutes on each side or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Cooking time will vary based on the size of the breasts. Remove from grill and slice cooked chicken into long strips. Set aside.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare salad of mixed spring salad greens and dandelion greens. Toss with ¼ cup (60 mL) of the reserved marinade.

  5. Serve chicken strips over greens with the remaining vinaigrette. Garnish with fresh chive blossoms and green chive sprigs. For a dramatic effect you can stick 4 or so sprigs of chives vertically into the centre of the salad on dinner plates (optional garnish).

Helpful Tip

Buckwheat honey is a delicious, dark coloured honey the bees make from the nectar of the blossoms of the cereal crop buckwheat. It is richer in antioxidants than lighter coloured honeys. The antioxidant polyphenol gives the honey its distinctive dark. If you want your chives to last throughout the summer, continue to cut them straight across at the base with a sharp knife as they grow. Cutting them back stops them from going to seed.

Nutrition Info

Per 365 g serving Amount
Protein36 g
Fat21 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Carbohydrate31 g
Fibre4 g
Sugar27 g
Cholesterol85 mg
Sodium160 mg
Per 365 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A160
Vitamin C25
Vitamin B650
Vitamin B1229