Chicken Breast And Asparagus Salad With Hazelnut Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Aug. 10, 2011

Ingredients

Whole chicken breasts 3 Pound , skinned, boned, and halved (3 Breasts, 1 Pound Each)
White wine vinegar 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
Extra virgin olive oil
Onion 1 Small , sliced into rounds
Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm) , minced
Chopped parsley 2 Tablespoon , chopped
Black pepper To Taste , freshly ground
Salt To Taste
Asparagus spears 10 , skinny, tough ends trimmed
Chicken stock 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Reduced To ¼ Cup)
Bibb lettuce heads 2 , washed and spun
For the vinaigrette
Balsamic vinegar 2 Tablespoon
Extra virgin olive oil
Shallots 1 Teaspoon , minced
Dijon mustard 1/4 Teaspoon
Honey 1/4 Teaspoon
Hazelnuts 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , very finely chopped, toasted (Se A Blender Or Nut Chopper)
Hazelnuts 2 Tablespoon , coarsely chopped, toasted (For Garnish)
Cherry tomatoes 8 , halved

Directions

GETTING PREPARED

1. Preheat the broiler.

2. In order to create the pockets for stuffing create an opening along the side of each breast, with the help of a sharp knife.

3. Place the breasts in a shallow glass dish.

4. Take a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, onion, garlic, and parsley.

5. Season them with salt and pepper.

6. Pour the mixture on the chicken breasts and put them under a plastic wrap.

7. Place this seasoned chicken breast in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

8. Preheat the boiler.

MAKING

9. For cooking asparagus take a medium sized pot of water and allow it to get boiled.

10. Drop the asparagus into it and blanch them for 1-2 minutes; take care so that the asparagus do not become soft; ideally they will be tender only but firm.

11. Drain and let cool.

12. Cut into 2-inch pieces, reserving the tips.

13. Remove the onions from marinade and dice them finely.

14. Take a small bowl and combine 2 tablespoons of the stock and the marinated onions.

15. Divide the mixture evenly between the chicken breasts and stuff them into the pockets.

16. Place the stuffed chicken breast pieces on a baking sheet; cover them with aluminum foil.

17. Broil 4-5 minutes per side.

18. Allow the chicken pieces to be settled and to get cool slightly.

19. While the chicken breast pieces are getting cooked, cut the lettuce leaves and arrange them into a salad bowl along with asparagus pieces.

20. Take a small bowl and whisk together whisk together the vinegar, oil, stock, shallots, mustard, honey, and finely chopped hazelnuts.

21. Mix well all the ingredients.

FINALIZING

22. Pour the vinaigrette into a small saucepan

23. Briefly heat just until warm

24. Immediately drizzle over the lettuce and asparagus tips, and toss to coat well.

SERVING

25. Arrange on a platter and place the chicken breasts in the center of the salad.

26. Sprinkle the coarsely chopped hazelnut over the top.

27. You can pass the left over dressing separately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 530Calories from Fat 239

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 27 g41.5%

Saturated Fat 2 g10%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 370 mg15.42%

Total Carbohydrates 11 g3.7%

Dietary Fiber 3 g12%

Sugars 5 g

Protein 58 g116%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet