Raspberry Chicken Salad In Mini Pitas

Raspberries add tangy sweetness to these pita sandwiches.

  • Yield: Makes 16 sandwiches

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 3 small shallots, 2 thinly sliced, the other minced
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • 16 mini pitas (4 inches in diameter)
  • 1 small bunch mache or frisee

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 4 cups water, 2 teaspoons salt, the peppercorns, sliced shallots, and chicken; bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate; let cool completely, and cut into 1/2-inch dice.

  2. Make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, sugar, minced shallot, and cardamom. Slowly whisk in the oil until mixture is emulsified.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, fennel, and walnuts. Pour vinaigrette over; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Gently fold in raspberries.

  4. Slice off 1 inch from one side of each pita; gently open. Fill with a handful of mache; spoon in chicken mixture. Serve.

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