Vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients in bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade or blender container and process until smooth. Chill.

Raisin-Watermelon Salad

Mix all ingredients together and chill.

Pecan Crusted Chicken

Measure flour into shallow container; set aside. Combine eggs, half-and-half, pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce in small shallow bowl and whisk together; set aside. Combine breadcrumbs, pecans and parsley in shallow bowl; mix together well and set aside. Heat oil to 350°F.

Cut each chicken breast, lengthwise, into 4 strips, each about 1/2-inch wide. Dredge each strip in flour; dip in egg mixture to coat thoroughly; drain excess. Finally, coat each completely with crumb mixture; fry until crisp and done (165°F). Drain on paper towels; season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

To Serve

Toss salad with vinaigrette and divide among 4 serving plates. Arrange 4 chicken strips on top of each. Serve.

Note: Gold Medal Wondra preferred or cake flour.

Ingredients

Vinaigrette

  • 2 Tablespoons California golden raisins
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 11/2 Teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper; to taste

Procedure

Raisin-Watermelon Salad

  • 6 Ounces mixed baby greens
  • 1 Cup radishes, julienne
  • 2 Cups small diced seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 Cup California natural raisins

Pecan Crusted Chicken

  • 1/2 Cup instant flour*
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1/2 Teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 chicken breasts (8 ounces each) pounded to 1/4-inch thick
  • Oil; for frying

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 590 (Calories from Fat 36%); Total Fat 24 ( Saturated Fat 3.5; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 175; Sodium 390; Potassium 946; Total Carbohydrate 58; Dietary Fiber 5; Sugars 30; Protein 37; Calcium 128; Iron 5;

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