Lemon-Chicken Paillard

With Spinach and Parmesan Salad

Prep & Cook Time: 25-35 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Mild

Contains: Milk

Calories Conscious
Carb Conscious
A note about serious food allergies

A "paillard" is an old-school French culinary term referring to a piece of meat that is pounded flat to break down its fibers, making it more tender and cook up quickly. In this case, a thin chicken breast is seasoned to perfection and adorned with fresh lemon to brighten its savory flavor.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 1 Lemon
  • 4 oz. Grape Tomatoes
  • 4 oz. Spinach
  • 2 Basil Sprigs
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ¼ tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 fl. oz. Champagne Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Grainy Mustard
  • Info
    1 oz. Shaved Parmesan
  • Nutrition (per serving)

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • 1 Medium Pan
  • Step 1 - Prepare the Ingredients

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Rinse and pat dry lemon, tomatoes, spinach, and basil. Zest, and halve lemon. Halve grape tomatoes. Stem and chiffonade basil (roll up leaves, and thinly slice). Mince shallot. Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry.

  • Step 2 - Prepare the Chicken

    Prepare the Chicken

    Lay down a piece of plastic wrap on a cutting board. Place chicken breasts over it and cover with another piece of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or small pan, pound the breasts to an even ¼" thickness.

  • Step 3 - Season the Chicken

    Season the Chicken

    Place chicken breasts in a mixing bowl, then season with red pepper flakes (to taste), basil, 1 tsp. of olive oil, and a pinch salt and pepper.

  • Step 4 - Cook the Chicken

    Cook the Chicken

    Heat 2 tsp. of olive oil in a pan over medium heat, and cook chicken for about 4 minutes per side, or until they reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees. Let chicken rest for a few minutes after cooking.

  • Step 5 - Mix the Dressing

    Mix the Dressing

    While chicken is resting, whisk champagne vinegar, mustard, lemon juice (to taste), shallot, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl.

  • Step 6 - Plate


    Place a serving of spinach on a plate, then add grape tomato halves, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Nestle chicken against salad. Drizzle chicken and salad with dressing. Add another squeeze of lemon juice (to taste), and garnish with lemon zest.