Warm Chicken BLT Salad

Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes.

Yield:

Makes 4 main-dish servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 474
Caloriesfromfat 65 %
Protein 33 g
Fat 34 g
Satfat 6.9 g
Carbohydrate 11 g
Fiber 3 g
Sodium 485 mg
Cholesterol 85 mg

Ingredients

1 pound boned, skinned chicken breast halves (3 to 4), fat trimmed
14 ounces butter lettuce (2 heads), leaves separated, rinsed, crisped, and torn into 3-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups cherry or small, pear-shaped tomatoes (red and/or yellow), rinsed and cut in half
1 firm-ripe avocado (12 oz.)
8 slices applewood-smoked or regular bacon (10 oz. total), chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup tarragon vinegar or white wine vinegar
About 1/4 teaspoon salt
About 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

1. Rinse chicken, pat dry, and cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces.

2. Put lettuce and tomatoes in a salad bowl. Pit and peel avocado. Cut into quarters, then thinly slice crosswise. Add to salad.

3. In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, stir bacon often until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan.

4. Add chicken to pan; stir often over medium-high heat until no longer pink in center of thickest part (cut to test), about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in olive oil, vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

5. Add chicken mixture and bacon to salad and mix gently. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Wine pairing: A lean and fresh but creamy Pinot Gris perfectly balances the rich salad.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Note:

April 2005