The gently seasoned pickling combo brings out berries' tart side and makes a refreshing dressing for the watercress and chicken.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 star anise
2 quarter-size slices fresh ginger
1/2 cinnamon stick
3 cups blueberries
2 tablespoons chopped shallot
Zest of 2 lemons
2 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
6 small to medium bone-in chicken breast halves with skin (4 lbs. total)
1 1/2 bunches watercress
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
How to Make It
For blueberries: Combine all ingredients except berries and shallot in a medium saucepan. Bring to simmering over medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in berries and cook until all of them darken, about 2 minutes. Stir in shallot and let stand at room temperature about 2 hours.
Meanwhile, prepare chicken: In a large bowl, combine lemon zest, coriander, salt, and pepper. Rub evenly over chicken. Let stand at room temperature about 1 hour. Trim ends from watercress (to leave long sprigs) and rinse. Wrap in a kitchen towel and chill to crisp.
Heat a grill to medium (400° to 450°). Rub chicken with oil, then grill it, turning once, until no longer pink in thickest part, 20 to 30 minutes.
Arrange chicken on a platter or plates with watercress. Pour blueberries into a bowl and serve to spoon over chicken and greens.
Make ahead: Blueberries, up to 1 week, chilled.
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I made this as a summer time/hot weather meal when my in-laws were over for dinner. I wasn't sure how my husband would like it, since he rarely likes fruit with his meats. Everyone raved about this recipe! Best, is that it's gluten-free and dairy-free, which addresses the issues we have in our family!
I served it with marinated heirloom tomatoes - a perfect pairing.
This recipe has exceptional flavor. Even my spouse, who doesn't like blueberries, *loved* these pickled blueberries. The ingredients are simple. The cooking method is healthy. I added grilled asparagus and a three-bean salad. Quick, delicious, healthy meal!