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Winter Chicken Salad with Citrus and Celery

Photo: Quentin Bacon
Active time 45 mins
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield 6
Mindy Fox's riff on Chinese chicken salad calls for blood orange in place of mandarin orange.

Ingredients

  • 7 tender celery ribs, 6 thinly sliced
  • 2 unpeeled smashed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 3 blood oranges
  • Salt
  • 4 (about 12 ounces each) chicken breast halves on the bone
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups shaved Grana Padano cheese
  • 2/3 cup chopped Marcona almonds

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the whole celery rib, garlic and peppercorns with 6 cups of water. Using a peeler, remove the zest from 2 of the oranges and add the zest to the pot. Season lightly with salt and bring to a boil. Add the chicken and simmer over low heat for 16 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the chicken stand for exactly 30 minutes. Remove the chicken and pull the meat from the bones, discarding the skin. Shred the chicken and let cool. Reserve the broth for another use.

  2. Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, peel the oranges, removing all of the bitter white pith. Working over a strainer set over a large bowl, cut in between the membranes to release the sections. Squeeze the juice from the membranes into the bowl. Whisk in the vinegar and oil and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Add the chicken, sliced celery, orange sections and cheese to the bowl and toss well. Mound the salad on a platter, sprinkle with the almonds and serve.