Chicken and Rice Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
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- SERVINGS: 4
- 1/4 cup hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Four 4-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- 2 medium oranges
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 350°. In a pie plate, toast the hazelnuts for 12 minutes, or until fragrant and browned. Transfer the nuts to a kitchen towel and let cool completely, then rub the nuts together in the towel to remove the skins. Coarsely chop the hazelnuts. Increase the oven temperature to 425°.
- In a small saucepan, simmer the fresh cranberries in the cranberry juice until the juice reduces by half, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender and let cool. Add the honey and vinegar, season with salt and pepper and puree. With the machine on, blend in the olive oil.
- Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and roast on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Turn and roast for 10 minutes longer, or until just cooked through. Let cool, then pull the meat into shreds and transfer to a large bowl.
- Peel the oranges with a sharp knife; be sure to remove all the white pith. Working over a bowl, cut in between the membranes to release the sections. Dice the sections and add to the chicken. Reserve the juice for another use.
- Add the rice, scallions, parsley, dried cranberries and vinaigrette to the chicken and toss. Mound the salad on plates, sprinkle with the hazelnuts and serve.
Notes One Serving Calories 386 kcal, Total Fat 9.9 gm, Saturated Fat 1.2 gm.
The sweetness of the dried cranberries and oranges calls for a fruity, tart and savory rosé from California or Provence.