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Waldorf Chicken Salad
© Kana Okada

Waldorf Chicken Salad

  • ACTIVE: 35 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 15 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
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At the Restaurant: $15 per person Mark Sullivan brines poultry before roasting it, then tosses it with little gem lettuce, pickled grapes and candied walnuts. The total number of ingredients: 28.

At Home: $5 per person Streamline the ingredient list to lower the cost: This recipe calls for about half the ingredients.

  1. 3 chicken breast halves on the bone, with skin (about 14 ounces each)
  2. 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
  4. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  5. 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 1 cup walnut halves (4 ounces)
  7. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  9. 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1/4 cup)
  10. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  11. 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  12. 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  13. 2 Fuji apples, cored and thinly sliced
  14. 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  15. 5 ounces mesclun salad greens
  16. 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  17. 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
  18. 2 tablespoons snipped chives
  1. Make 3 deep slashes in each chicken breast. In a small bowl, mash the garlic, fennel, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the oil. Rub the mixture all over the chicken and into the slashes. Transfer to a small roasting pan, cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the walnuts in a pie plate and toast for 10 minutes, until browned and fragrant. Let cool.
  3. Roast the chicken for about 40 minutes, until cooked through. Let cool slightly, then discard the skin and thinly slice the meat.
  4. In a food processor, blend the vinegar with the mustard and the remaining 1/4 cup of oil. Blend in the cheese and buttermilk. Transfer to a bowl, stir in the lemon zest and season the dressing with salt and pepper.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the chicken with the walnuts, grapes, apples, celery, mesclun, parsley, tarragon and chives. Add the dressing, toss well and serve.