Chicken and Bulgur Salad with Corn

Bulgur makes a hearty base for a salad. Here, it's tossed with corn kernels, tomato, red onion, and a bit of hot pepper, dressed with lime vinaigrette, and then topped with slices of sautéed chicken breast for an ideal summer meal.

Yield: 4
Recipe from Food & Wine

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup bulgur
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups fresh (cut from about 6 ears) or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 1/3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Preparation

  1. 1. In a medium bowl, combine the bulgur and the water. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes.
  2. 2. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil over moderate heat. Add the corn and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the onion and continue cooking for 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a large glass or stainless-steel bowl and let cool.
  3. 3. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to the frying pan and heat over moderate heat. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the black pepper. Cook the breasts until browned and just done, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.
  4. 4. Add the bulgur, tomato, jalapeño, cilantro, 3 tablespoons of the lime juice, the cayenne, and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt to the bowl with the corn and onion. Toss.
  5. 5. In a small glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mound the salad onto plates. Top with the chicken and drizzle the chicken with the lime oil.
  6. Wine Recommendation: German rieslings show their great adaptability by flattering notoriously difficult-to-match salads. The earthy flavors of a young Pfalz spätlese will match those of the sweet corn and chicken.
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