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Poaching chicken breasts in a mixture of balsamic vinegar and chicken broth makes them unusually tender. The poaching liquid then becomes the base for a slightly sweet, intensely flavored dressing. Any leftover poaching liquid can be stored in the freezer to use later in sauce or dressing.
- 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
- 2 sprigs rosemary plus 1 teaspoon chopped or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried, divided
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed (1 pound total)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Salt to taste
- 6 cups torn mixed salad greens, such as curly endive, escarole, spinach, Belgian endive, arugula, radicchio and/or watercress, washed and thoroughly dried
- 2 medium red bell peppers, roasted (see Ingredient Note) and cut into thin strips
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, preferably flat-leaved
Combine broth, vinegar, garlic, fresh rosemary sprigs (or 1 teaspoon dried) and bay leaf in a wide saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Add chicken breasts, cover and poach gently just until the flesh is no longer pink inside, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and keep warm.
Boil the poaching liquid until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Strain, discard garlic, rosemary and bay leaf and pour 1/2 cup poaching liquid into a small bowl. Whisk in oil, shallots and pepper. Season with salt if desired.
Toss greens in a large bowl with 1/4 cup of the dressing. Arrange on individual plates. Carve chicken into thin slices and arrange over greens. Garnish with red pepper and drizzle the remaining dressing over chicken and peppers. Sprinkle pine nuts, parsley and remaining 1 teaspoon fresh (or 1/2 teaspoon dried) rosemary over the chicken
Red Bell Peppers - To oven-roast peppers:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet. Arrange whole bell peppers on the rack.
2. Roast peppers in the center of the oven, turning occasionally with tongs, until blackened in places, 30 to 40 minutes.
3. Transfer the peppers to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let steam for 10 minutes. Uncover and let cool.
4. With a paring knife, remove stems, skins and seeds. If serving as antipasto, combine accumulated juices with peppers.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
238 calories; 12g total fat; 2g total saturated fat; 63mg cholesterol; 169mg sodium; 8g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 26g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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