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black pepper and molasses pulled chicken salad {secret recipe club}

by Heather

If there’s been one theme with my dinners lately, it’s been quick-n-easy.

Maybe it’s my way of preparing for the little amount of time I’ll have once Hunter is here, or maybe it’s just that I’d rather be doing something else. That second thought is so not like me, I love being in the kitchen.

I guess when I have a list of 21 things to do (a self imposed list of course), dinner might come last.

You know I’m a big fan of lists and being productive, so let’s see how I did!

My Sunday to-do list

1. Clean litter box (with gloves of course!)
2. Go for run (knocked 2.2 miles out)
3. Fold/put away laundry
4. Organize clothes and drawers
5. Make ding dongs (this amazing recipe but filled with honey sweetened cream cheese)
6. Prep food for week
7. Write SRC post – half done (okay, now all done today 🙂 )
8. Prep for audition
9. Get Oregon tax return ready to mail out
10. Call Bradley method and sign up
11. Transfer $$
12. Look into cancellation of hospital child birth classes
13. Make banana nut protein muffins
14. Make german chocolate brownie bites
15. Organize bathroom drawers
16. Give Joe a bath
17. Clean shower
18. Clean downstairs bathroom
19. Take out recycling
20. Make freezer burritos
21. Figure out wall pictures – half done (picked out pictures to have printed)

I was pretty proud of all I did. The key wasn’t stopping until Jacob got home from work when we sat down for dinner. Boy did it feel good to sit down! Jacob even treated me to a needed back rub.

Back to quick and easy meals.

After a month off The Secret Recipe Club is back and I was assigned Sweet Flours to look through and secretly make a recipe from.

I almost went with a dessert, but when I saw Allison’s super simple pulled chicken recipe, I just had to make it.  Instead of a sandwich I turned it into a salad for me.

Start with a big old base of greens – spinach here!


Add some other fresh, ripe veggies.  Tomatoes!


I cannot wait for summer fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market.  They’re huge and taste like candy.


Then the star of the show – pulled chicken.  But not any chicken ~ black pepper and molasses chicken.


Served with a toasted multi-grain baguette to sop up the extra sauce/dressing.


Black Pepper and Molasses Pulled Chicken Salad
Adapted from sweet flours

Serves 4


  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • ¾ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp ground ginger
  • 12  ounces  skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 8 cups spinach
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 multi-grain baguette, sliced into 4 pieces


  1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 23 minutes or until chicken is done and tender. Remove from heat; shred with 2 forks.
  2. Plate the spinach and tomato evenly along 4 plates.  Top with chicken + extra sauce as a dressing.
  3. Serve with toasted baguette.

To be honest, Jacob had his as a sandwich, then went back and ate all the remaining chicken.  It was super tasty and tender!


I liked the salad though, and it gave me a chance to add to my 7 healthy salads to end and start the year with!

How was your weekend? Mine wasn’t all productivity, there was a lot of relaxing thrown in as well.



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Erica February 13, 2012 - 9:41 am

This looks AMAZING Heather! YUM! I book marked it. Audition? Did I miss something? Way to rock your to do list

Get Healthy with Heather February 13, 2012 - 10:47 am

Haha I’m an actress didn’t you know… JK ;). To teach more classes

thehealthyapron February 13, 2012 - 10:03 am

aww that was nice of your hubby to give you a little back rub after all your hard work! Another great thing about being pregnant…lots of back rubs! ha

This recipe looks yummy~

Get Healthy with Heather February 13, 2012 - 10:47 am

I know! I’ve never gotten so many back rubs in my life, I love it!

Corina February 13, 2012 - 10:33 am

Sounds gorgeous. I love all the flavours with the chicken and I’m really impressed with how much you got done as well as being pregant. I’m 31 weeks at the moment and could do with some of your organisation skills!

Get Healthy with Heather February 13, 2012 - 10:49 am

31 weeks, how exciting! I’m normally not as organized as that, but for some reason I kicked my to-do lists butt. Thanks for stopping by!!

Dan February 13, 2012 - 11:17 am

The pepper and molasses chicken looks really, really good. I’d like to try and make a barbecue sauce out of that.

Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 13, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Yum! This looks so good 😀

Nicole, RD February 13, 2012 - 12:52 pm

I am a part of the SRC finally and I’m so excited for my reveal in a few weeks! My only issue was narrowing down the recipes! This looks fantastic…you picked a good one for sure!

Get Healthy with Heather February 13, 2012 - 1:13 pm

Narrowing it down is always the hardest part!

Lisa~~ February 13, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Your chicken sounds delicious and on the salad looks wonderful. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

Cook Lisa Cook

Get Healthy with Heather February 14, 2012 - 9:24 am

Those sound delicious Lisa!

janetha February 13, 2012 - 2:08 pm

That chicken recipe looks so delicious!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 13, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Heather, this looks amazing! A nice healthy meal!! Love it!

Jentry Nielsen February 13, 2012 - 3:22 pm

This chicken looks so delicious! I cannot wait to try it out, thanks for sharing!
I too am a huge list maker! I love making lists for just about everything. Even if I’ve already done something, I like adding it to my list for the pleasure of getting to cross it off! 🙂 ha
Sounds like you had a very productive weekend!

Get Healthy with Heather February 14, 2012 - 9:25 am

Lol I’m the same way! It just feels so good to cross things off 🙂

Amy B @ Second City Randomness February 13, 2012 - 6:43 pm

Pulled chicken- it’s a fabulous thing!

And nice job on the list! Usually I’m lucky to get one or two things done on a sunday… lol

Get Healthy with Heather February 14, 2012 - 9:25 am

Most days I barely get anything done, but Sunday’s are my big productivity days…. Usually 😉

Samantha Angela February 13, 2012 - 7:34 pm

Wow, you definitely had a productive day!!

Baking Serendipity February 13, 2012 - 7:35 pm

Wow! Your to-do list progress is serious motivation for me to conquer my own. I love the simplicity of this chicken…bookmarking!

Get Healthy with Heather February 14, 2012 - 9:26 am

Conquer it!!

Cookin' Canuck February 13, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Wow! I think you accomplished more on one Sunday than I do in an entire week. That chicken looks so flavorful and tempting!

Get Healthy with Heather February 14, 2012 - 9:27 am

Haha, I get it all done one day then nothing the rest of the week 🙂

Betsy February 13, 2012 - 8:31 pm

I work in accounting and tax season is killer for me. Tis the season of SUPER FAST AND EASY meals. I love the idea of this one. Congrats to you on accomplishing so much and STILL getting a healthy meal in! I’m stopping by from SRC but I’d love if you check our my new site seasonalpotluck.com February is oranges month so if you have any orange recipes, we’d love if you’d link up! http://bit.ly/zDoNfx

Get Healthy with Heather February 14, 2012 - 9:27 am

Such a bust time for you!! Enjoy this fast meal 🙂

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 14, 2012 - 2:38 pm

Bookmarked for dinner tomorrow 🙂

ButterYum February 14, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Mmmmmmmmmmm – this is a recipe I must try! Great choice. If you haven’t had a chance, please stop by and visit my SRC post for Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies




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