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( Salpicão )

Chicken And Potato Salad
( Salpicão )

While making this creamy salad, most Brazilian Chef’s incorporate hearts of palm, which come from the stems of certain palm trees. Hearts of palm are available canned in most grocery stores, but if you have trouble finding them, the salad is just as scrumptious without them. Also, to save time you may want to use a cup or two of packaged shoestring potatoes as an alternative to frying your own.


1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts*
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
4 slices of lean cooked ham, cut into thin strips
½ cup fresh or frozen and thawed green peas
2 large carrots, coarsely grated or cut into short, thin sticks
1 green apple, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup canned hearts of palm, drained and chopped into ½ inch pieces
½ cup regular or reduced-fat mayonnaise
3 medium potatoes
Vegetable oil for frying


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6


Wash chicken under cool running water and pat dry. Cut into ½ inch cubes.

In a heavy saucepan or skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, salt, pepper and cook 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned and cooked all the way through. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, ham, peas, carrots, apple and hearts of palm. Add mayonnaise and mix well.

Wash and peel potatoes. Grate or cut potatoes into long, thin strips. Pour about an inch of vegetable oil into a large frying pan or stockpot and heat to 350ºF or until a drop of water flicked into the pan jumps out.

Carefully place potatoes in oil with a slotted spoon. (If they don’t all fit, you can fry them in two or three batches.) Fry 10 to 12 minutes, stirring gently. When potatoes are golden brown, remove from oil with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.

Just before serving, stir most of the potatoes into the salad and sprinkle a few on top.

*After handling raw chicken or other poultry, always remember to thoroughly wash your hands, utensils and preparation area with hot, soapy water. Also, when checking chicken for doneness, it’s a good idea to cut it open gently to make sure the meat is white (not pink) all the way through.

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