Chicken Salad with Zucchini, Lemon and Pine Nuts


Armand Arnal uses ingredients from his restaurant's enormous organic garden to create seasonal Provençal dishes like this salad of chicken tossed with pine nuts and lemon-marinated zucchini.  Fast and Easy Chicken Recipes

Chicken Salad with Zucchini, Lemon and Pine Nuts
Photo: © Tina Rupp
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1/3 cup dried currants

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon, plus juice of 2 lemons

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 3 medium zucchini (2 pounds), cut into 3-by-1/2-inch sticks

  • 1 large shallot, minced

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts

  • 2 cups lightly packed baby arugula leaves

  • One 1-inch piece preserved lemon, peel only, slivered (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, cover the currants with hot water and let stand until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain.

  2. In a large nonreactive bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the olive oil with the garlic, cumin, lemon zest, half of the lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Add the zucchini and currants and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large, shallow glass or ceramic dish, combine the minced shallot with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and the remaining lemon juice. Add the chicken breast halves, turning to coat thoroughly with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, turning a few times.

  4. In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, tossing a few times, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool.

  5. Remove the chicken breast halves from the marinade, scraping off the shallot. Slice the chicken on the bias 1 1/2 inches thick and season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chicken slices and cook over moderately high heat, turning a few times, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes.

  6. Transfer the chicken to a large, shallow serving bowl and let cool slightly. Add the marinated zucchini and currants, toasted pine nuts, arugula and preserved lemon and toss lightly. Serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

Hearty main-course salads tend to pair best with a wine that has some body (lighter styles get a bit lost). Try a smoky white from Côtes du Rhône, France.

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