Thursday, September 26, 2013

fig and chicken salad~

i wanted to try this salad because of the tarragon. we LOVED it :) sure, i don't need to show you 10 pics of one little ole salad... but i am. because its good. and its pretty. and it makes me happy. and sarah too, she thought the salad looks exceptionally nice. there is a chicken breast under all this goodness, i really loved the honey tarragon blue cheese fig combo. hmm, guess i just liked it all~


3 Tbs honey
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped
1 Tbs sherry vinegar
½ medium lemon, juiced
1 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1½ lbs.)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ lb pancetta
extra virgin olive oil
¼ lb blue cheese, broken into hunks
1 bunch arugula, trimmed
1 small basket seasonal figs, halved
tarragon leaves for garnish, if desired

1. Prepare vinaigrette: Whisk together all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a small bowl and set aside.

2. Prepare chicken: Sandwich chicken breasts between 2 layers of plastic wrap and pound them very thin with the side of a meat cleaver or a rolling pin. Remove chicken from plastic wrap and season well on both sides with salt and pepper.

3. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Unroll the pancetta so it looks like big strips of bacon. Add it to the pan and fry it like a tangle of bacon until the fat is rendered, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

4. Drizzle a 2-count of olive oil into the pan with the pancetta drippings. Add the chicken and pan-fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side to brown the breasts and cook them through. Use a spatula to remove the chicken to the paper towels with the pancetta. Add the vinaigrette to the sauté pan and heat for a few minutes, stirring, to deglaze the bits of pancetta and chicken from the bottom of the pan; take the pan off the heat.

5. To serve, arrange the chicken on a platter. Scatter the blue cheese, arugula, figs, and pancetta over. Drizzle the dressing over everything and garnish with the tarragon leaves.