Chicken with Pear, Walnuts and Cheese
- 500 g chicken breast
- 30 g olive oil
- 2.80 g sea salt
- 5 g black pepper, ground
- 45 g baby spinach
- 15 g curly endive
- 162 g grape tomatoes
- 8 g red onion, thinly sliced
- 40 g Goat cheese, crumbled
- 128 g pear, small, thinly sliced
- 30 g walnut halves, toasted
- 8 g lemon juice, fresh
- 120 g pear, walnut vinaigrette (recipe below)
Walnut Pear Vinaigrette
- 150 g Tree Top Pear Puree
- 45 g shallots, whole, peeled
- 0.75 g garlic, chopped
- 20 g vinegar, Pinot noir or Raspberry
- 4 g Dijon mustard
- 1.20 g sea salt
- 0.90 g black pepper, ground
- 1 g basil, fresh
- 1 g parsley, fresh
- 60 g walnut oil
- 65 g olive oil
Preheat barbecue grill to medium heat and season grates.
Trim chicken breasts and slightly pound. Rub with most of the salt and pepper, reserving a pinch of each for pears. Place carefully on grill and cook on each side for 3-5 minutes, depending on thickness. Cook to 150 F; remove from grill and let rest.
Slice pears approximately 3/8-inch thick and toss in lemon juice and remaining pinch of salt and pepper.
Heat flat bottom, non-stick pan to medium high heat and sear pears for 30 seconds; turn for additional 30 seconds depending on firmness and remove from heat.
Chop endive fine and place in large mixing bowl; toss with red onions and Pear Walnut Dressing and place on serving plates.
Slice chicken breast on bias angle cut 1/4-inch thick; place on top of each serving. Top with sliced pears, tomato, walnuts and crumbled cheese and serve.
Walnut Pear Vinaigrette:
Prepare 2 aluminum foil layer pouches and toss shallots in a teaspoon of olive oil with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Wrap tight in foil and bake for 40 minutes at 350 F until tender. Let cool to room temperature before blending.
Rough cut peeled garlic and shallots in food processor or blender. Add vinegar, pear puree, pepper, salt and mustard. Blend on high for one minute; scrape sides with spatula and blend an additional 30 seconds. Add oils in slow steady stream while continuing to blend. Remove from food processor and gently stir in the fresh herbs.