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Peach, Blue Cheese and Chicken Tartines

Peach, Blue Cheese and Chicken Tartines 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Carolyn Robb for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Aug 11, 2020

This recipe includes instructions to quickly poach chicken breasts, but it would also be a great way to use up leftover chicken. Use a wide, country-style loaf of whole-wheat or multigrain bread for a heartier flavor. These tartines are best when eaten straight from the broiler.


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Tested size: 4 servings; 2 tartines

  • For the chicken
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 (2-inch) sprig fresh rosemary, plus 1 tablespoon chopped, divided
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the tartines
  • 8 slices country bread, sliced thick and lightly toasted
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 medium peaches (12 ounces), pitted and thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup (about 1 ounce) baby arugula or other baby greens


Cut the chicken in half or thirds crosswise, depending on how large the pieces are. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 3 to 4 cups water, the chicken, garlic, rosemary sprig, bay leaf and salt. Stir once or twice and slowly bring to barely a simmer — do not let the water come to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and gently cook until an instant-read thermometer reads 165 degrees when inserted into the thickest pieces of chicken, 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the water, let cool a few minutes, then slice it as thinly as possible; or shred with a fork and chop into bite-size pieces.

Position an oven rack 6 inches from the broiler element and turn on the broiler. Place the slices of toasted bread on a large, baking sheet and brush each slice edge-to-edge with the olive oil.

If the blue cheese is crumbly, place it in a small bowl and warm it in the microwave on HIGH 10 to 15 seconds, or until just softened. Add the white pepper and stir to combine. Put about 1 tablespoon of the cheese on each slice of bread and spread it in a thin layer to the edges.

Top each toast with about 2 ounces of the chicken, followed by 4 or 5 peach slices and 3 grinds of the black pepper, if using.

Place the baking sheet under the broiler and broil 3 to 5 minutes, until the peaches begin to soften and the edges caramelize. Watch carefully to avoid burning.

Remove the tartines from the oven, sprinkle each with fresh rosemary and drizzle with about 1 teaspoon of the balsamic vinegar.

Plate the tartines and top with the arugula. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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From recipes editor Ann Maloney

Tested by Ann Maloney.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 554

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 19g 29%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 121mg 40%

Sodium: 660mg 28%

Total Carbohydrates: 50g 17%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 14g

Protein: 47g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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