Tested till perfect Middle Eastern Chicken Breast Salad
Middle Eastern Chicken Breast Salad
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Middle Eastern Chicken Breast Salad

This summery grilled Middle Eastern–inspired salad gets delicious nuttiness from the tahini and pistachios.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine, July, 2007

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  • Portion size 6


    1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh dill
    2 tbsp (25 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
    1 shallot (or half small onion), minced
    1 tbsp (15 mL) grated lemon rind
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
    4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    1/4 cup (50 mL) Balkan-style plain yogurt
    1/4 cup (50 mL) tahini
    3 tbsp (50 mL) lemon juice
    2 tbsp (25 mL) warm water
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cumin
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
    2 Belgian endives, chopped
    1 bunch watercress (tough stems removed), coarsely chopped
    Half head radicchio, chopped
    1 each celery stalk and green onion, thinly sliced
    1 cup (250 mL) halved grape or cherry tomatoes
    1/4 cup (50 mL) hulled pistachios or slivered almonds
    2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh mint or parsley
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In glass baking dish, stir together dill, oil, shallot, lemon rind, salt and pepper. Add chicken, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours, turning occasionally. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.)

In bowl, whisk together yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, water, cumin, salt and pepper until smooth. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Discarding marinade, place chicken on greased grill over medium-high heat. Close lid and grill, turning once, for 10 minutes or until no longer pink inside. Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil; let stand for 5 minutes. Thinly slice chicken crosswise.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, toss together endives, watercress, radicchio, celery, green onion, tomatoes, half of the pistachios and the mint; toss with all but 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the dressing.

Divide salad among plates; top with chicken. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Sprinkle with remaining pistachios.

Additional information : Originally titled "Dilled Chicken Salad with Tahini Dressing" and the cover recipe for our July 2007 issue.

Nutritional Information Per each of 6 servings: about

cal 225 pro 24g total fat 12g sat. fat 2g
carb 7g fibre 3g chol 54mg sodium 270mg

% RDI:

calcium 10 iron 14 vit A 13 vit C 30
folate 19
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