Chicken, Wine and Brussels Sprout Salad
Mark Pyne - Kent
4 Foster Farms chicken breast halves, boneless & skinless, cut into 1” cubes
1 pound fresh Washington grown Brussels sprouts
2 tbsp olive oil
3 ounces paper-thin slices pancetta, coarsely chopped
3/4 tsp salt, divided
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup + 2 tbsp Washington grown sauvignon blanc
1 tsp fresh thyme, removed from stems
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup almond slivers, toasted lightly
Wash Brussels sprouts thoroughly; pat dry. Trim stems, remove yellow leaves and coarsely chop by hand (preferably), or food processor. Set aside.
In large skillet over medium-high heat, warm olive oil. Add pancetta and cubed chicken and stir. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Continue sautéing for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for 4 to 6 minutes, until the chicken is done. Remove from heat; spritz with two tablespoons sauvignon blanc and fresh thyme. Stir gently, set to the side and let cool to room temperature.
In large pot bring 4 quarts of water with a pinch of salt to a boil. Add the chopped Brussels sprouts and blanch for 2 to 4 minutes. Drain the Brussels sprouts and immediately add to an ice water bath. Let cool in the ice bath for 5 minutes. Add the cooled Brussels sprouts to a salad spinner, spin until dry. Place Brussels sprouts in a large bowl and sprinkle with 1/4 cup sauvignon blanc. Season with remaining salt and pepper. Stir in chicken, dried cranberries and toasted almond slivers. Gently toss together and serve immediately.