Chicken Paillards With Herb-Tomato Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 ripe medium tomatoes (1 red and 1 yellow), cored and roughly chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed

1 scallion (white and green parts), thinly sliced

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for brushing

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning

Freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup torn fresh basil

3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh tarragon

3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

4 chicken paillards, about 6 ounces each (see chef's note, below)


  1. Prepare an outdoor grill with a hot fire.
  2. Toss the tomatoes, garlic, scallion, the 3 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, the 2 teaspoons salt, and black pepper to taste in a medium bowl. Add all the herbs to the bowl but don't toss.
  3. Brush the chicken paillards lightly with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Grill the chicken, turning once, until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Stir the herbs into the tomatoes. Put a paillard on each of 4 plates, spoon some herb-tomato salad on top (watch out for the smashed garlic-you might want to remove it), and serve.

Cook’s Note

Paillards, a.k.a. scaloppini, are very thin pieces of meat or fish. They cook in a wink and are easy to make: Start with a boneless, skinless chicken breast. Place between two sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper. Use a meat pounder or the bottom of a small, heavy skillet to pound to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch. You also can save yourself time by asking your butcher to do it for you.