Hot chicken-walnut salad

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
4 cups Torn romaine
4 cups Chicory
1 cup Cherry tomato halves
2 pounds Chicken breasts (4 halves)
Boned and skinned
Salt
White pepper
1 tablespoon Walnut oil
1 tablespoon Salad oil
4 Green onions -- thinly
Sliced
1 Clove garlic -- minced or
Pressed
¼ cup Coarsely chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon Tarragon wine vinegar
Walnut Oil Dressing
2 tablespoons Tarragon wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon Salt
⅛ teaspoon White pepper
3 tablespoons Walnut oil
⅓ cup Salad oil

1. Lightly mix romaine, chicory, and tomatoes; cover and refrigerate if done ahead.

2. Using flat side of a meat mallet, pound chicken breasts between pieces of waxed paper, to a thickness of about ¼ inch. Cut into bite-sized strips about ½ inch wide; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. In a large frying pan, heat oil and lightly brown half the chicken, stirring and turning over medium-high heat until cooked through (about 3 minutes); remove from pan. Add remaining chicken and cook as above. Return all the chicken to the pan and mix in onion, garlic, and walnuts. Cook, stirring, until onion is limp (about 2 minutes). Stir in vinegar; remove from heat.

4. Place greens on 4 plates. Spoon hot chicken mixture over greens, dividing it evenly. Serve with Walnut Oil Dressing to add to each serving to taste.

Walnut Oil Dressing: In a medium bowl mix vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Using a whisk or fork, gradually beat in oil until well blended and thickened. Makes ⅔ cup.

Recipe By : the California Culinary Academy

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