Grilled Chicken Paillards on Arugula Salad with Bruschetta

Total Time:
40 min
20 min
5 min
15 min

4 servings

  • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 5 ounces fresh arugula, tough stems removed, washed and spun dry or baby greens
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, plus more for serving
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Essence or Creole seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1/4 cup coarsely grated Parmesan
  • Bruschetta, recipe follows
  • Preheat the grill to high (500 degrees F). Clean the grill while it is heating with a metal wire grill brush and season with a tightly rolled kitchen cloth coated in vegetable or olive oil.

  • Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. With the flat side of a meat mallet or the side of a cleaver, working from the center of the meat outwards, gently pound to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Refrigerate, still between the plastic wrap, for 5 minutes.

  • In a large bowl, place the arugula and toss with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and pinch of the black pepper. Adjust the seasoning, to taste, and divide among 4 large plates. Set aside.

  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining olive oil with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pinch freshly ground black pepper and stir to blend.

  • Remove 1 piece of the plastic wrap from each chicken breast. Rub about 3/4 teaspoon of the olive oil mixture on the exposed side and season lightly with Essence. Season each chicken breast on both sides with 1/4 teaspoon of the remaining salt.

  • Carefully place the chicken, seasoned side down, on the hot grill and quickly peel away the remaining piece of plastic wrap. With a spoon, dab the remaining olive oil mixture onto the exposed chicken and rub evenly over the meat. Cook until the chicken is firm to the touch and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes per side, depending upon the size.

  • To serve, place 1 chicken breast in the center of each arugula salad and drizzle each lightly with additional extra-virgin olive oil and a squirt of fresh lemon juice. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the grated Parmesan on top of each serving, and serve immediately with 2 bruschetta on the side of each plate.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

  • Yield: 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch

  • Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

  • 8 (1/2-inch thick) diagonal slices Italian bread

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 2 large whole cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.

  • Using a pastry brush, lightly brush both sides of the bread with oil.

  • Place the bread slices on the grill and cook until marked and lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and rub 1 side of the bread with the crushed garlic.

  • Serve immediately or at room temperature.

  • Yield: 8 slices

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