Champagne Chicken Salad

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Kevin Crafts

Yield: Serves 6 as a main course
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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 418
  • Calories from fat: 49%
  • Protein: 38g
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated fat: 6.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 15g
  • Fiber: 5.1g
  • Sodium: 616mg
  • Cholesterol: 98mg


  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for water
  • 24 young, slender carrots, tops trimmed to about 1/2 in.
  • 2 pounds boned, skinned chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons roasted almond oil* or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced chervil or dill, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 3 1/2 qts. loosely packed butter lettuce leaves (about 1 1/2 heads)
  • 4 ounces crumbled fresh goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds


  1. 1. Bring a large, wide pot of salted water to a boil. Add carrots and boil until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a colander and rinse with cold water.
  2. 2. Add chicken; reduce heat to a simmer. Cook chicken, uncovered, 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 10 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool.
  3. 3. Whisk vinegar, 1 tsp. salt, the oil, pepper, and minced chervil in a large bowl. Cut chicken into thick crosswise slices (against the grain), put in another bowl, and drizzle with half of dressing; turn to coat.
  4. 4. Toss lettuce and carrots with remaining dressing (add any dressing from chicken). Divide among plates; top with chicken, cheese, almonds, and chervil sprigs.
  5. *We are big fans of La Tourangelle brand, found in well-stocked grocery stores and online at
  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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