Poached Chicken and Carrot Salad with California Raisin Vinaigrette

Submitted by: Thomas Keller

Gently flavor chicken with star anise; then combine with grated carrots, pine nuts and raisins.




    • 1/2 cup California raisins
    • 1 cup chicken stock
    • 1 star anise, whole
    • 4 boneless chicken breasts (3 to 4 ounces each)
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

    Raisin Vinaigrette

    • 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar, divided
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
    • 4 medium carrots, grated (about 2 cups)
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
    • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste


    For chicken, in a large straight-sided pan, bring raisins, chicken stock and star anise to simmer. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and arrange in single layer in pan. Simmer and cook for about 4 minutes, turning once. Remove chicken breasts to plate and cover tightly with plastic wrap; cool. Reserve poaching liquid and raisins.

    For Raisin Vinaigrette, reduce reserved poaching liquid by half. Remove star anise and turn liquid and raisins into blender with 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar. Blend until smooth; strain through fine-mesh strainer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill.

    To Serve, in medium bowl, toss grated carrots with extra virgin olive oil and remaining sherry vinegar; add pine nuts and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon 2 tablespoons Raisin Vinaigrette in center of each of 4 well-chilled plates. Slice each chicken breast into 5 equal strips. Fan slices over the vinaigrette. Divide and spoon shredded carrot mixture on top. Serve cold.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 370 (45% from fat); Total Fat 18g (sat 3.5g, mono 10g, poly 4g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 70mg; Protein 29g; Carbohydrate 22g; (Dietary Fiber 3g; Sugars 18g; ); Iron 3mg; Sodium 240mg; Calcium 39mg; Potassium 598mg

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