Barefoot Contessa is one of those shows I watch on Hulu when I have 30 minutes and don’t know what to watch. I always end up wanting to make her meals!
I watched this Ina Garten episode the other day, and made this yummy salad last night. It has enough meat and protein in it to be filling. This would make a perfect lunch.
Things I learned:
chicken in the oven - it was very easy! Buy chicken with bones and skin on for cooking, then remove those parts.
thick cut bacon - makes a huge difference
shredded apple - never done this before
soft boiled eggs
1 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (2 large)
Good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound thick-cut bacon
1/4 cup whole roasted salted Marcona almonds
1/4 cup whole roasted salted cashews
1/4 cup walnut halves
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons liquid honey
4 cups baby frisee, washed, spun dry, and sliced into 1 1/2-inch pieces
4 cups kale, ribs removed, washed, spun dry, stacked and thinly sliced
4 ounces baby spinach, washed and spun dry
1/2 cup golden raisins
6 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated
1 crisp red apple, unpeeled
4 soft-boiled eggs, large-diced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Arrange 3 racks evenly spaced in the oven.
Place the chicken, skin side up, on a sheet pan. Rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast on the top rack for 35 to 40 minutes, until the internal temperature is 140 degrees. Set aside to cool, discard the skin and bones, and shred the chicken by hand into large, roughly 1 x 4-inch, pieces.
Place the bacon on a baking rack on a second sheet pan and roast below the chicken on the second oven rack for 20 to 30 minutes, until browned. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to cool. Cut in large dice. On a third sheet pan, combine the almonds, cashews, and walnuts and roast under the bacon for 10 to 12 minutes, tossing once, until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl or 2-cup measuring cup, whisk together 2/3 cup of olive oil, the vinegar, mustard, honey, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and set aside.
In a large serving bowl, combine the frisee, kale, spinach, raisins, Cheddar, chicken, bacon, roasted nuts, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Before serving, grate the apple and add it. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently. Put the eggs on top, toss lightly, and serve.
You can definitely change components of this recipe. As long as you have the chicken, some nuts, some greens, some cheese, and a fruit, I think you are good. For example, I did not have frisee, cashews, or raisins. I just did it without and it was fine. I think the cashews definitely would add something though!
Place the eggs a large saucepan and cover them with cool tap water. Bring the water to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
Remove the eggs from the saucepan and immediately place them in a bowl of cold water until they are completely cool.
Remove the shells, slice each egg in half lengthwise, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.