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Hot and Cold Chicken and Spinach Salad

Makes 4 main-dish servings

Notes: Have all the ingredients prepped before cooking. Serve salad with baguettes. Prep and cook time: about 25 minutes.

Hot and Cold Chicken and Spinach Salad

Greg DuPree

 1 pound boned, skinned chicken breast halves
 3 quarts baby spinach leaves (12 oz.), rinsed and crisped
 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
 1/4 cup olive oil
 1 tablespoon drained canned capers
 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
 1 red onion (about 6 oz.), peeled and thinly sliced
 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
 1 cup cherry tomatoes, rinsed, stemmed, and cut in half
  Salt and pepper
Step 1

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Slice crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick strips.

Step 2

Put spinach in a large, shallow serving or mixing bowl. In a small bowl, mix vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil, capers, and mustard.

Step 3

Set a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over high heat. When pan is hot, add remaining tablespoon olive oil and the chicken. Stir often until chicken is no longer pink in center of thickest part (cut to test), about 4 minutes. Add onion and garlic and stir until onion begins to soften slightly, about 1 minute. Add vinaigrette and stir until hot, about 30 seconds. Pour over spinach.

Step 4

Sprinkle tomatoes on top and mix; add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes 4 main-dish servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 315Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g24%

Saturated Fat 2.2g12%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 426mg18%
Total Carbohydrate 16g6%

Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Protein 29g58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.