CRANBERRY WILD RICE SALAD

January 21, 2015

Shredding meat is the worst. Sorry, I do not have 45 minutes each day to devote to the careful hand-shredding of chicken for my dinners. Many others have written and I have shared about the big jump in innovation by using a hand mixer on freshly cooked chicken to get a nearly instant shred. I have used this method many times and it is a big help.

It has, however, at least one major flaw. It is difficult to get a consistent shred, some pieces with be pulverized into a near chicken paste, while other huge hunks remain. The new happy medium I have struck is a bit of a hybrid. When I pull my chicken out of the the oven, I do a coarse shred job into large pieces with two forks. The key word is coarse. I am not spending more than 30 seconds to a minute on this. Then, I go over it with my chef’s knife to get it down to the size pieces I need for the dish. The final product still has that nice shredded edge to it, but without all the time. Because let’s be candid, shredded chicken and pork is really appetizing in a way that sometimes cubed meat is not.

CRANBERRY WILD RICE SALAD from Rachel SchultzCRANBERRY WILD RICE SALAD
Serves 3-4

1 and 1/4 cup wild rice
4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup golden raisins
4 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt & pepper

Prepare wild rice according to package instructions. Whisk orange juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and salt & pepper.

CRANBERRY WILD RICE SALAD from Rachel SchultzCRANBERRY WILD RICE SALAD from Rachel Schultz

In a separate bowl, stir together shredded chicken, wild rice, dried cranberries, raisins, green onion, pine nuts, and parsley.  Toss with dressing.

CRANBERRY WILD RICE SALAD
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 and ¼ cup wild rice
  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare wild rice according to package instructions.
  2. Whisk orange juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and salt & pepper.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together shredded chicken, wild rice, dried cranberries, raisins, green onion, pine nuts, and parsley.
  4. Toss with dressing.

Adapted from Recipe Girl.

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