Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Recipe (Re)creation: Gwyneth's Chicken Paillard

I am not a huge fan of chicken.  There are so many chicken recipes that are boring or bland so I'm usually turned off.  However, if I'm going to have chicken, there are three preparations I like: roasted chicken, chicken spiedini, and chicken paillard.  Of the three, chicken paillard is by far the easiest and it  is so juicy and delicious.  I based this recipe on a recipe that Gwyneth Paltrow shared on her blog GOOP.  Its beautiful in its simplicity and the flavors are all clean and pair with one another seamlessly.  I served the chicken over a simple arugula salad with shaved pecorino, sliced cherry tomatoes, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.  Its a perfect little one-dish wonder and literally takes 5 minutes to cook!


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Salt & pepper 


Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of parchment paper or saran wrap.  

Pound the cutlets with a heavy pan until they are about 1/4 inch thick.  

Season both sides of the cutlets with salt, pepper, and a small amount of flour.

Coat the surface of a skillet with olive oil and put on medium to high heat. 

Cook each chicken breast for 2-3 minutes on each side.  

The skin should start to crisp up and brown but the inside should be tender and juicy.  

Serve over a a simple arugula salad (see above).

Simply delicious!

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