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1/2 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup black Beluga lentils
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
One 4-pound chicken, backbone removed, chicken halved
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup toasted walnut oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
How to Make It
Step 1 Make the lentils
In a medium saucepan, toast the walnuts over moderate heat until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Chop the nuts and transfer to a small bowl. In the same saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the lentils, bay leaf, balsamic vinegar and 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed and the lentils are just tender, 15 minutes longer. Stir in the butter and mustard and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
Step 2 Meanwhile, make the chicken
Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and set breast side down in the skillet. Cover with foil and another large cast-iron skillet. Cook the chicken over moderate heat until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Flip the chicken halves and roast in the oven, uncovered, until golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh registers 165°, about 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Whisk the butter into the pan juices and season with salt and pepper. Strain the jus and keep warm.
Step 3 Make the vinaigrette
In a small bowl, whisk the walnut oil with the sherry vinegar and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
Carve the chicken. Stir the toasted walnuts into the lentils and spoon onto plates. Top with the chicken. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and serve the chicken jus on the side.
The lentils (without the walnuts) can be refrigerated overnight. Rewarm the lentils before serving.
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Review Body: I made this when it came out several years ago. I was going through my recipes today, and by George, I'm making this for company for dinner. It has such good flavors that go well together. Great autumn food.