April 29, 2008

Gorgonzola Chicken and Carmelized Pear Salad

Gorgonzola Chicken and Carmelized Pear Salad1 tablespoon butter
2 fresh firm California Bartlett Pears, cored and sliced into wedges
dash salt and pepper
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound Foster Farms Fast Favorites Grilled Chicken Breast strips, refrigerated
1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens
1/4 cup bottled raspberry vinaigrette
1/2 cup walnut halves
1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Heat butter in large skillet over medium heat until melted. Add pears; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook pears 8 minutes or until golden and caramelized. Add Grand Marnier and heat through. Remove from heat; cool. Meanwhile, combine Gorgonzola, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, cayenne pepper and black pepper in medium bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup dressing. Add chicken strips to remaining dressing; toss well to coat.

To assemble salad, toss mixed greens with vinaigrette. Transfer greens to a serving platter or individual plates. Top with caramelized pears and chicken. Sprinkle with walnuts. Garnish with raspberries. Serve with reserved Gorgonzola dressing.
4 servings.

Grand Prize, Chicken Traditions with Flair Category
Developed by: Kathleen Johnson, Ellensburg, Washington

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