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Apple Cider Poached Chicken & Arugula Salad

Apple Cider Poached Chicken & Arugula Salad

Tart cherries, sharp cheese, and bitter arugula work together in this delectable salad to complement the familiar flavours of cider-poached chicken. As a light lunch, this salad will make you feel like you’re dining in a bistro. Serve alongside a soup at dinner and you have a delicious meal you’ll feel like making again and again.


  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup (250 mL) apple cider
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick(s)
  • 1/2 star anise
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) sea salt
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) honey
  • 1.5 oz (30 g) Brebis cheese
  • or
  • 1.5 oz (30 g) feta cheese
  • or
  • 1.5 oz (30 g) cream cheese
  • 8 cups (2 L) baby arugula
  • 1 cup (250 mL) red onion(s), sliced (optional garnish)
  • 2 Gala apples, large (optional garnish)
  • or
  • 3 Gala apples, small (optional garnish)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dried tart Montmorency cherries, (optional garnish)


  1. Cut chicken thighs into 1” (2.5 cm) size pieces. Add to small pot with apple cider, cinnamon stick and star anise. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through; about 15 minutes. Remove meat from poaching liquid to cool. Reserve ½ cup (125 mL) of the poaching liquid and discard or freeze for another use.

  2. Make vinaigrette by blending the remaining ½ cup (125 mL) of the poaching liquid with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, salt, honey and Brebis cheese in a food processor or blender.

  3. Wash arugula and drain well. Divide in four and plate.

  4. To serve, top with apple poached chicken, sliced red onion, apple slices and dried cherries. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve extra dressing on the side.

This tasty salad features apple cider poached chicken, arugula greens and Brebis cheese. Arugula is a leafy green of the mustard family also known as rocket (roquette). Like other salad greens it is low in calories and high in vitamin A and vitamin C. Brebis is a creamy, soft unripened French cheese that is made with sheep's milk. It has a rich, tangy flavour and is creamier texture than traditional Greek cheese. Feta, or even cream cheese, can be substituted for the Brebis but you really should try it!

Nutrition Info

  • Per 370 g serving Amount
  • Calories 380
  • Protein 25 g
  • Fat 15 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.5 g
  • Carbohydrate 40 g
  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sugar 23 g
  • Cholesterol 100 mg
  • Sodium 310 mg
  • Per 370 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 18
  • Calcium 10
  • Iron 15
  • Vitamin A 30
  • Vitamin C 25
  • Vitamin B6 28
  • Vitamin B12 23
  • Folate 28
  • Magnesium 23
  • Zinc 28

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