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Chicken Tonnato with Arugula, Tomatoes and Olives

Tonnato (from the Italian word tonno, which means tuna) can refer to any number of dishes made with that fish.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 4 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 small carrot, thinly sliced
  • One 6-ounce can olive oil—packed tuna, drained
  • 4 oil-packed anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 bunches arugula (3/4 pound), stemmed
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup pitted Gaeta olives
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • Lemon wedges and crusty bread, for serving


  1. In a large Dutch oven or enameled cast-iron casserole, cover the chicken breasts with the broth, add the sliced carrot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderately low, cover and simmer the chicken breasts until just cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate to cool. Increase the heat to high and continue to cook the carrot until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the carrot to a food processor. Add the tuna, anchovies and mayonnaise and process until smooth. Add the sour cream and 1/4 cup of the chicken broth, season with salt and pepper and blend the tonnato sauce until very smooth.
  3. Slice the chicken breasts on the diagonal 1/4 inch thick. Pour about 1/2 cup of the sauce onto a large serving platter. Top with the arugula and sliced chicken. Pour the remaining sauce over the sliced chicken and garnish with the grape tomatoes, Gaeta olives and capers. Serve the chicken tonnato with lemon wedges and crusty bread.
Contributed By Published June 2002

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