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Grilled Chicken Paillard

COOK TIME
10 mins
PREP TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
4
RATE THIS RECIPE
(11)
COOK TIME
10 mins
PREP TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
4
RATE THIS RECIPE
(11)

Ingredients

  • 4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • Chef notes

    I love this recipe because it is packed with lean protein. It's so simple to make and makes plain chicken breasts feel like they're from a fancy French bistro.

    Technique tip: Pound the chicken breast to even 1/2-inch thickness, being careful not to tear the meat or it will dry out fast and fall apart on the grill.

    Swap option: Swap the chicken breast for any delicate white fish.

    Preparation

    1.

    Place a chicken breast between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and use a flat meat pounder/tenderizer or heavy skillet to flatten to an even 1/2-inch thick (being careful not to tear). Place pounded chicken on a large plate or platter and repeat with the remaining chicken breasts.

    2.

    Drizzle the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, turning to coat the breasts on both sides, then sprinkle the chicken on all sides with 1 teaspoon of the salt.

    3.

    Heat a gas or charcoal grill over medium-high heat (you can use the below process in a skillet if no grill is available). Use tongs and a dishtowel or paper towel dipped in olive oil to lightly grease the grill. Place the chicken on the grill and cook until it has nice marks, 2-3 minutes, and easily releases from the hot surface. Turn the chicken over and grill the other side until the chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a platter and repeat with remaining chicken.