Paillard

Anybody know what Paillard is?? Well I learned last night. It’s a french term (that sounds fancy) but really just refers to the flattened meat. So last night I made Chicken Paillard. It was SUPER easy and quick. And you can do this to pork or veal.

Steps to making Chicken Paillard:

1. First flatten some chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and season with salt and pepper.
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2. Heat 1 Tablespoon butter and 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in large pan over medium high heat until the butter foams.
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3. Add 2 paillards (the flattened meat 😉 ) and saute on 1 side until golden brown (about 2 minutes) reduce heat to medium.
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Flip and saute paillards until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Trasnfer to a plate.
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4. Add 1/4 cup minced or sliced onions to skillet. Cook over meduim heat, adding oil or butter as needed, stirring often, until golden, about 1 minute.
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5. Raise heat to medium-high. Add segments and juice of 2 lemons, 3/4 cup chicken stock and any plate juices and deglaze the pan, scraping between brown bits from bottom with a wooden spoon.
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6. Simmer until sauce reduces by half, about 3 minutes. Gradually stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter until just melted. Season to taste. (this sauce has BITE!!)
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7. To serve, place fresh spinach on your plate, add chicken and juices. It will slightly wilt your greens slightly.
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And on the side……

Potatoes with Bacon and Onions

1. Bring 2 1/2 lbs of small potatoes, 4 cups chicken stock, 1 clove garlic, 1 dried bay leaf, 6 stems of thyme, 1 cut-up into large chunks plum tomato and a pinch of salt to boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are just tender when pierced with a knife, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Strain cooking liquid through a coarse sieve; discard solids.
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2. Cook 4 chopped slices of bacon in large skillet over medium high heat until fat is rendered and bacon is just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
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Add 1/2 medium onion chopped, and reduce heat to medium. Cook stirring frequently until golden, about 7 to 9 minutes.
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3. Add potatoes to skillet, and pour enough cooking liquid to come halfway up sides. Raise heat to medium high. Simmer, turning potatoes occasionally to coat and season with salt and pepper. until liquid has reduced and glazes the potatoes, about 15 minutes.
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My plate….
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The kids didn’t want the sauce, so they had all of it separate. But at least they tried it all (only cause I called the potatoes circle fries. hahahhaha)

And for dessert…(or just for girl’s night) Linzer Torte
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What did you have for dinner last night??

  • February 18, 2010 - 9:53 am

    Abby - Nothing as good as that! 🙂 (But I’m going to try your perogy recipe tonight – gluten free style – wish me luck, I’m going need it)

  • February 18, 2010 - 10:50 am

    Christina - We had beans & rice last night. Sounds kind of blah compared to yours!

  • February 18, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    KellyLady - we had taco soup…yummmy…but yours looks divine!

  • February 18, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    Megan - i find other heavy things to pound out chicken- but have wanted an honest-to-goodness tenderizer for so long! 🙂

    chicken is just better after it’s flattened.

  • February 18, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    Marie - Okay, seriously. Seriously. Don’t let Dirk ever know what you do on a daily basis.

  • February 18, 2010 - 2:20 pm

    Connie Nichol - um, cheese quesadillas for the boys and Greek Salad for the grown ups. There aint’ much time on Tuesdays between work and karate to cook. Your dinner looks totally yummy!

  • February 19, 2010 - 12:08 am

    Crystal - What a great lesson, complete with awesome photography! I think I’m going to try this one – thanks for sharing :))

    Our supper? Nothing exotic like this!

  • February 19, 2010 - 6:26 pm

    Alysha - can i come to your house for dinner? we had sandwiches… ughhh

  • February 19, 2010 - 10:56 pm

    Heather M. - Yum! Anytime you want to come to my house and cook dinner, you are more than welcome!

  • February 22, 2010 - 10:43 am

    Jess - I really want to try this recipe but was wondering how much you liked the taste of it since you didn’t really mention it. Was the sauce REALLY lemony? I’m always trying to find new dishes that my whole family likes..it’s hard!

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