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Butter Lettuce, Chicken, and Cherry Salad (Serves 4)
courtesy of Bon Appetit

However tempting it may be to eat all of the ultra-crunchy croutons—panfried in chicken fat—right out of the skillet, save some for this summery composed salad. And if you're feeling less indulgent,leave out the croutons and chicken skin. (my side note:you could also use grilled chicken if you are not into using the skin)



Ingredients
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons honey
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 Perfect Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs , fat from pan reserved (method described below)
4 thick slices rustic bread, crusts removed, torn into 3/4\" pieces
1 pound fresh cherries, stemmed, pitted, and lightly crushed
3 heads butter lettuce, cored and torn into pieces
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped chives


Chicken
Preheat oven to 475°F. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 12\" cast-iron or heavy nonstick skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Nestle chicken in skillet, skin side down, and cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high; continue cooking skin side down, occasionally rearranging chicken thighs and rotating pan to evenly distribute heat, until fat renders and skin is golden brown, about 12 minutes.
Transfer skillet to oven and cook 13 more minutes. Flip chicken; continue cooking until skin crisps and meat is cooked through, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; let rest 5 minutes before serving.


Method
  1. Whisk first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir; set aside. Remove crispy chicken skin and tear into pieces. Pull chicken meat from bones and tear into pieces; discard bones. Reserve skin and meat.
  2. Heat chicken fat in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bread to skillet and toast, turning frequently, until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper while still hot.
  3. Place chicken meat in a large bowl. Add cherries, butter lettuce, radishes, and chives and drizzle with vinaigrette; toss to coat. Divide salad among plates and garnish with croutons and chicken skin.






 
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