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Bow Ties with Chicken, Watercress, and Walnuts
Chicken and walnuts always taste great together. Here the combination is enhanced by the peppery bite of watercress.
Rating:
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

 

 
8 tablespoons olive oil
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1-1/3 pounds in all
salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 pound bow tie pasta
1 bunch watercress, about 5 ounces, large stems removed




In a large nonstick frying pan, toast the walnuts over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove the nuts from the pan and chop.

In the same pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over moderate heat. Season the chicken breasts with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook the breasts until browned and just done, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting the meat into chunks.

In a medium glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the remaining 6 tablespoons oil, the vinegar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the bow ties until just done, about 15 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss it with the walnuts, the chicken-and-vinaigrette mixture, and the watercress. Serve warm.


Wine Recommendation: This simple, flexible dish can go with either a red or a white wine. For a red, try a Beaujolais-Villages from France. If you prefer a white wine, look for something equally simple and fruity, such as an Albarino from Spain.