Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chicken-Berry Salad

*From Better Homes and Gardens magazine, March 2009. View recipe online here.

PREP: 45 minutes (+1-4 hours to marinate)

1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. chopped fresh basil
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
4 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 lb. total)

3 cups fresh blackberries
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. Dijon-style mustard
1/4 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 8-oz. pkg. Mediterranean mixed salad greens
2 medium pears, cored and thinly sliced
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (3 oz.)

1. In small bowl stir together orange, lime, and lemon juices, 1 tablespoon oil, basil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place chicken in resealable plastic bag set in large bowl. Pour juice mixture over chicken; seal bag. Refrigerate 1 to 4 hours, turning bag occasionally.

2. For dressing, in blender combine 1 cup of the blackberries, vinegar, sugar, mustard, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and blend until smooth. With blender running, slowly add 1/2 cup oil in a thin steady stream until well combined. Transfer to serving container. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

3. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. For charcoal grill, place chicken on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 12 to 15 minutes or until done (170 degrees F.), turning once. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Add chicken to grill rack. Cover and grill as above.)

4. Slice chicken. Divide greens among 4 serving plates. Top with chicken, pears, and remaining 2 cups berries. Top each with some of the dressing and feta cheese.

Denise's Notes:
This is one of my new favorite recipes! I can see why it was the $2,500 grilling winner of a BHG recipe contest. I recommend replacing feta cheese with gorgonzola cheese crumbles. Grill on a George Foreman grill, if no outdoor grill is available. Serve with or without the additional fresh berries. The dressing was still delicious with frozen berries instead of fresh (they were out of season when I made this.) I will try making this dressing with blueberries or even pomegranate in the future...I think they'd be tasty alternatives.
*Alteration: I tried the dressing with blueberries instead of blackberries and it wasn't as good. I'll only make it with blackberries in the future.

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