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Chicken, Pear, and Blue Cheese Salad

Chicken, Pear, and Blue Cheese Salad with Crispy Shallots and Almonds

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We love a salad that feels luxurious, and this dish from Chef Liz is just that. She creates a creamy, tangy dressing of blue cheese, sour cream, Champagne vinegar, and chives, then tosses in little gem lettuce leaves and roasted and shredded chicken thighs. It's topped with slices of fresh pear, toasted almonds, and crispy shallot rings, then garnished with more blue cheese for good measure.

Plus, we've got details on our chef-approved wine pairing: floral, dry Finger Lakes Riesling.


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By Chef Liz

By Chef Liz

Nutritional info

  • Calories 600
  • Protein 40g
  • Total Carb 20g
  • Total Fat 41g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • chicken thighs
    chicken thighs
  • heads little gem lettuces
    heads little gem lettuces
  • d'Anjou pear
    d'Anjou pear
  • chives
    1/8 ounce
  • shallot
  • sliced almonds
    2 tablespoons
    sliced almonds
  • sour cream
    1 packet
    sour cream
  • Champagne vinegar
    1 tablespoon
    Champagne vinegar
  • crumbled blue cheese
    1 ounce
    crumbled blue cheese

What You’ll Need

  • canola oil
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • aluminum foil
  • baking sheet
  • 6" small pot

Cooking Steps

  1. Roast chicken thighs

    Roast chicken thighs

    Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Pat chicken dry with paper towel and place on prepared baking sheet. Season all over with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired, then arrange skin-side up. Roast until skin is crisp and chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, 25-35 minutes.

  2. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    While chicken roasts, halve little gem lengthwise, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry with paper towel. Tear leaves into bite-size pieces, discarding tough stems. Rinse remaining produce. Slice off rounded sides of pear, discarding core, and cut into ½-inch pieces. Thinly slice chives. Peel shallot and thinly slice into rings; then, using your fingers, gently separate shallot rings.

  3. Toast almonds

    Toast almonds

    Place almonds in a small pot over medium-high heat. Toast, stirring frequently, until golden brown and fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Remove pot from heat. Transfer almonds to a bowl and set aside for serving. Wipe pot clean for the next step.

  4. Fry shallot

    Fry shallot

    Return pot from almonds to medium-high heat with 3 tablespoons canola oil. When oil is shimmering, add 1 shallot ring to pot. If it sizzles immediately, keep going; if not, try again once the oil is hotter. Fry all shallot rings, stirring to prevent burning, until lightly browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer crispy shallots to a paper towel–lined plate to drain.

  5. Make dressing and shred chicken

    Make dressing and shred chicken

    In a large bowl, whisk together sour cream, Champagne vinegar, half of blue cheese, half of chives, 2 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper as desired to combine. Remove and discard skin from chicken (it helped keep the meat moist as it cooked, but could create a chewier texture in your salad, so we recommend removing it), then shred using 2 forks or roughly chop, discarding bones.

  6. Plate chicken, pear, and blue cheese salad

    Plate chicken, pear, and blue cheese salad

    To bowl with blue cheese dressing, add shredded chicken and little gem; toss to coat, then divide salad between serving plates. Top with pear, toasted almonds, crispy shallots, remaining chives, and remaining blue cheese. Open up a bottle of wine, and dig in!

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