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Chicken, Feta, and Pistachio Salad


Toasted pistachios and spiced chicken elevate this winter salad to a special main course; salty feta complements the sweet oranges.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, December 2008


  • 1/2 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 chicken cutlets (about 1 pound total)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled
  • 2 navel oranges (peel and white pith removed), halved and thinly sliced


  1. In a medium skillet, toast pistachios over medium heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup oil and vinegar; season with salt and pepper, and set dressing aside.

  2. Heat remaining tablespoon oil in skillet over medium. Sprinkle chicken with coriander; season with salt and pepper. Cook (in batches if necessary), turning once, until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board, and thinly slice crosswise.

  3. Add pistachios, lettuce, parsley, and scallions to bowl with dressing, and toss to combine. Divide among serving bowls; top with chicken, feta, and oranges.

Cook's Notes

Cooking nuts in a skillet just until golden makes them extra crunchy and intensifies their flavor. Remove them from the skillet right after toasting to prevent overbrowning.

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