• Chicken, Bacon & Balsamic Potato Salad with Lime

    June 4, 2014

    Mal and I loved this recipe so much, I made it twice in three days. It’s basically a simple meat and potatoes recipe, but it is so, so, so tasty and it works awesome with leftovers, especially if you do a Sunday Cook-Up and can prepare the potatoes and chicken ahead of time. It would seriously come together in a matter of minutes. Definitely put this one on your must-make list!

    Chicken Bacon & Balsamic Potato Salad with Lime (600x900)


    • 3 medium-large potatoes*
    • 6-8 pieces of bacon
    • 3-5 ounces of cooked chicken breast (I used leftovers)
    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 tbsp bacon fat
    • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tbsp lime juice
    • salt + pepper to taste

    *The first time I made this recipe, I used a bag of frozen diced potatoes, which made the prep even easier. Just throwing it out there as an option. Regular potatoes worked great too!


    Secret ingredient: Lime juice! It added a fun tanginess to the recipe, especially when mixed with the balsamic vinegar.



    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

    Chop potatoes into 1-inch-ish chunks. Then, place them in a large mixing bowl and coat with 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt + pepper.

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    Bake potatoes for 30-35 minutes. Toss every 10 minutes or so. You might also want to coat your baking sheet with cooking spray. (My potatoes stuck a little.)


    Meanwhile, cook bacon however you wish—on the stovetop, in the microwave, etc. I originally made the recipe with 6 pieces of bacon, but Mr. Bacon himself (aka Mal) said the recipe would be even better with more bacon in it. Of course, it would, Mal, so feel free to play around with the amount of bacon you add to this recipe.


    I recently found this microwaveable bacon tray with a lid that makes cooking bacon super easy and prevents grease from getting all over your microwave. And, to wash it, just pop it in the dishwasher. Super easy.


    While the potatoes and bacon are cooking, chop up the chicken breast. Once bacon is finished cooking, chop up that too.

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    Whisk together remaining tablespoon of olive oil with balsamic vinegar, bacon fat, and lime juice.

    When potatoes are finished cooking, pour them into a large mixing bowl along with the chicken, bacon, and dressing. Mix everything together.


    Serve and eat immediately or pour the potato salad into a large Tupperware container with a lid, shake like crazy to really coat everything with the dressing, and then allow it to marinate for a few hours (or better yet overnight). This method gave the recipe soooooo much flavor. Definitely do it if you have the time!


    Makes 2-4 servings

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    { 24 comments… read them below or add one }

    Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats June 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I bet some frozen (defrosted) peas would be good in there too!


    Jackie June 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Wow this sounds amazing! Is the bacon fat necessary? I feel like that could give me heartburn!


    Ashley June 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Looks delicious… Can’t wait to make this recipe!


    Heidi @ Idlehide June 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I’m looking around the internet now for my meals for next week. I like the sounds of this one and these days I’m looking for easy recipes:) Thanks!


    Brynn June 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    A bacon cooker?! I need that device in my life. As much as I adore bacon, the mess is another story. But your recipe sounds awesome! Served with a side salad, I’d call that dinner!


    Monica June 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    The potatoe salad looks amazing and I recently bought that cute Bacon Tray as well and I love it.


    jen June 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    yummy I love balsamic vinegar I bet if you cooked the bacon with the potatoes it would give them even more flavor!


    Polly @ Tasty Food Project June 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I need to get that microwaveable bacon tray! I could make good use out of it!


    Tina June 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    It’s been life-changing for the clean-up alone!


    Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} June 4, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Awesome recipe! I love these simple recipes that take no time but taste soooo good!


    Becky @ Olives n Wine June 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Mmmhmmm…. I love quick and tasty meals! Also, your first photo is awesome – It shows the details so well!


    Christine D. June 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I just made this for dinner and it’s delicious! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂


    Tina June 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    So glad you liked it!! 😄


    Emily @ Transitional Objects June 4, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Bacon?! Yummmm!

    I feel as if “I made it twice in three days” is the best possible recommendation for a new recipe 😉 I’ll be sure to try this one once I’m back home. Thank you!


    Livi June 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Looks delicious! I need some now!


    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake June 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I love simple meals that have a tonne of flavour. This looks delicious and comforting.


    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork June 5, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Mmmm! Sounds (and looks!) delicious! I can see this being a big hit at a BBQ or summer party! Thanks for sharing! (And yes, more bacon is always better!)


    Kelsey at The Primal Yogi June 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    This would be a perfect recipe to bring to work for lunch! I might try with sweet potatoes – yum!


    Shannon June 6, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Do you think this would work with sweet potatoes too?


    Jean June 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    @Shannon: @Shannon: I was wondering the same thing. Not sure how the balsamic would work with the sweet potato. Maybe it’s time to do some Googling…


    Anonymous June 6, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I have to say..I’m a little upset to see no credit given to the original writer of this almost exact same recipe over at paleomg. I’ve followed your blog for almost 5 years now and have loved everything you’ve posted. However, almost this EXACT recipe was already done on paleomg prior to this post and I think it’s a little bit misleading to not give credit to the original maker. Not trying to ruffle feathers but I don’t think any blogger would like someone to change 1 thing on a recipe and then pass it off as their own!


    Tina June 6, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Umm, what recipe? I made this one with leftover chicken and frozen potatoes from my freezer. How is that copying someone’s recipe? Plus, I blog A LOT about the recipes on PaleOMG because I love them so much and ALWAYS link to her site, so it seems like you are wrongfully accusing me of something I didn’t do.


    Laura June 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Great recipe, Tina! Made this today after a hard day’s decorating and it really hit the spot 🙂 Good luck with the baby wait!


    Toni July 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was pretty tasty. My family put ketchup on because they said it needed some kind of “sauce”! However, my kids asked for seconds so that’s a good sign. I can’t wait to see what is tastes like tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!


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