Chicken Paillard Recipe

  • 4 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • Marinade:
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Salad:
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 cups trimmed arugula
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  1. Pound chicken breasts on a work surface using a meat tenderizer or heavy pan to 1/4-inch thick. Whisk wine, juice of 1 lemon, shallot, 2 teaspoons olive oil, and garlic together in a shallow bowl. Add chicken breasts; marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Whisk juice of 1 lemon, vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and lemon zest together in a large bowl; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add arugula and tomatoes; toss to combine.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate, or heat a skillet over high heat.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade; season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  5. Cook chicken on preheated grill until golden brown and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Plate chicken with arugula salad on top.