Healthy Chicken and Arugula Salad

Healthy has never tasted this good. Here, peppery arugula is studded with roasted pecans and juicy chunks of poached chicken and drizzled in a tart lemon vinaigrette.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): Plus chilling

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poached chicken
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4-5 sprigs Italian parsley, thyme or oregano, tied together
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted pecans
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
  • Fresh cracked black pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. Poach the Chicken

    Rinse off the chicken breasts. Fill a medium stockpot with water and add the herbs, bay leaf, garlic, salt and peppercorns. Bring the water to a boil and add the chicken breasts.

  2. Poach the Chicken

    Return the water to a boil and then lower heat to medium. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, cover with a lid and keep the chicken in the hot water for another 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.

  3. Poach the Chicken

    Remove the chicken from the water and cut into large bite-size pieces. Set aside to cool.

  4. Make the Salad

    In a large bowl, combine the arugula, pecans, bell pepper and chicken. Set aside.

  5. Make the Salad

    In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, brown sugar and season with salt and pepper.

  6. Make the Salad

    Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and toss to coat. Chill and serve.

Contributed By Photo © Todd Porter & Diane Cu Published April 2014

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