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Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Mediterranean Chicken Salad
  • Meal


  • Cusine



1/2 cup minced red onion

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon capers

3/4 cup mixed pitted deli olives, sliced

1 pinch of red chile flakes

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or basil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Black pepper to taste

Endive lettuce for appetizer boats, or chopped to add to the salad

Butter lettuce for lettuce cups

Fusilli pasta, about 1/4 pound dry for one batch of the salad


Marinate the onion in vinegar: Mix the minced onion with the vinegar in a bowl and set aside. This quick pickling will take the edge off of the onions. Poach the chicken: Bring 1 1/2 quarts of water to a boil and add about 2 tablespoons of salt. Cut the chicken breasts in half crosswise and place them in the water. Reduce the heat to low and let the chicken cook very gently, at barely a simmer, for 10-15 minutes, until just cooked through. Combine the other salad ingredients: While the chicken is cooking, mix the olive oil, capers, olives, chile flakes, and oregano in a large bowl. Dice or shred the chicken: When the chicken is done, place it on a cutting board to cool. Add the onions to the bowl with the olives. Once the chicken has cooled enough to handle, cut it into dice or shred it. Combine chicken, parsley, with other salad ingredients: Gently mix the chicken and parsley in with the olives. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.