Le Poulet noirci avec les Fraises et les Epinards (Blackened Chicken with Strawberries and Spinach)2006-02-01
- Course: Nouveau Cajun
- Yield : 4
- Servings : 4
- Prep Time : 10m
- Cook Time : 10m
- Ready In : 20m
- Add to Recipe Box
One of our more “Guilt-Free Cajun Creations” Our author writes, “This is another one of my somewhat Heart-Healthy recipes. There are a few open markets here in Kansas City, and one day, while walking through the famous City Market, I stumbled upon a vender selling the odd combination of spinach and strawberries. So, of course, my imagination led me to this salad idea. My experiment became a great meal-starter, with the sweetness of strawberries contrasted with the “kick” of blackened chicken breast. Hope you enjoy.”
- 1 large bunch of fresh baby spinach
- 1 dozen large fresh strawberries
- 3/4 cup pecans (or walnuts)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small red (sweet) onion, sliced in thin rings
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
- nutmeg powder (optional)
- 2 tbsp black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp cayenne pepper (more or less)
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp paprika
Begin by preparing the salad ingredients. First, wash baby spinach and drain. Set aside in colander or bowl. Now slice the strawberries as thin as desired and slice the sweet onions into thin rings. Set salad ingredients aside.
Mix the black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt and paprika together to make a blackening mixture. On a clean cutting board, slice the boneless chicken breasts into 1/4-1/3 inch strips. Place the cut chicken into a fairly deep bowl. Over the chicken strips, pour about 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Add the dry, blackening mixture. Make sure that the blackening mixture is evenly distributed among the pieces of chicken.
Without adding any more oil, place the chicken strips into a preheated skillet and grill the chicken for 5-10 minutes, keeping an eye out to see when they're done.
For best presentation, place baby spinach on a salad plate or bowl. Generously sprinkle pecans, or walnuts, onto the spinach.
Add the sliced red onion rings. Place the strips of grilled chicken onto the salad and top generously with the fresh-sliced strawberries.