Thursday, June 18, 2009

chicken salad

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4 split (2 whole) chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
2 tbs. olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup good mayonnaise
1 tbs. whole grain Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
1 cup small-diced celery (2 stalks)
1 cup green grapes, cut in 1/2
1/2 cup toasted, sliced almonds
*and a note: If my husband wasn't allergic to onions, I would have thrown in a green onion or two..
It is so easy to make this salad using either regular boneless, skinless chicken breasts, or canned chicken. I'll tell ya though.. the roasted chicken adds a whole world of flavor.. you will never get that from canned or boneless/skinless chicken. It's well worth it, I promise.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the chicken breasts, skin side up, on a sheet pan and rub them with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Set aside until cool.
When the chicken is cool, remove the meat from the bones and discard the skin and bones. Cut the chicken into a 3/4-inch dice. Place the chicken in a bowl; add the mayonnaise, Dijon, tarragon leaves, celery, grapes, almonds, 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and toss well.
adapted recipe from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa, Food Network

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