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Summer Menu – Chicken Tapenade with Frey Wine

Summer Menu – Chicken Tapenade with Frey Wine

This is a very pleasant Summer menu that is relatively easy to prepare. It can all be made ahead, so it is great for a little al fresco dinner party.

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Ingredients – chicken
4-6 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
1 cup of Frey white wine
1 cup of Kalamata olives, pitted
1/2 TB minced fresh garlic
1/2 TB capers, chopped
1 tsp anchovy paste
1 lemon
Fill a deep frying pan about 3/4 full with water. Allow to come up to a simmer. Add the white wine. Trim your chicken breasts of any fat, etc. and add to the pan. Simmer for about 12 – 15 minutes until fully cooked. Set aside to cool. Zest and juice lemon and add those to the processor with the remaining ingredients. Buzz until it is a chunky puree. Serve over the chicken with the summer bean salad below.
Ingredients  – bean salad
1 can garbanzo beans
1 pound green beans ( a combo of green, yellow and purple is great if you can find them)
1 large red onion
1 stalk celery
1 large red pepper
2 large bunches of green onion
1 bunch fresh tarragon
1 bottle of white wine
1 large shallot
2 lemons
2 TB white wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
sea salt and white pepper
Finely chop the green and red onion and celery. Rinse the garbanzo beans. Trim and cut the green beans into bite-sized pieces. Boil the green (or other color beans) for about 2 minutes, then shock in cold water. Cut the red pepper into small dice. Add all the vegetables to a serving bowl. Finely chop about 1/4 cup of tarragon. Set aside, but keep the stems. Boil the bottle of wine with the stems until it is only 1 cup in volume. Allow to cool. Finely chop shallot and zest lemons. Juice lemons. Pour the wine (remove stems first) over the shallot and lemon zest in a mixing bowl. Whisk in the lemon juice and vinegar. Then whisk in the olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the beans and combine. Add the tarragon. Combine. Serve.

About Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on and on stations around the country.

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