Working Girl Dinners: Chicken Paillard Salad

RECIPE: Chicken Paillard Salad with Arugula, Fennel, and Apples
Chicken Paillard Salad

Chicken Paillard Salad

Looks pretty gourmet, doesn’t it?  Thinly pounded, grilled chicken breast topped with an arugula, fennel, and apple salad.  No one would assume you threw it together on a George Foreman.

This is such an easy, healthy dinner.  Chicken paillard, inspired by French bistros, is just a thinly pounded (yes, you get to do the pounding!) chicken breast, lightly seasoned, and grilled in just 4 minutes.  Mound a simple lemony salad on top, and you have the perfect, light dinner.  The apple and fennel are crunchy.  The lemon and olive oil pools down into the chicken.  Guiltless and delicious.

Chicken Paillard Salad with Arugula, Fennel, and Apples
serves 2

Chicken Paillard SaladINGREDIENTS

  • 2 ½-pound chicken cutlets, pounded ¼-inch thick

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 cups baby arugula

  • ½ fennel, very thinly sliced

  • ½ Granny Smith apple, very thinly sliced

  • Zest and juice of ½ lemon


Preheat your countertop grill to the highest setting.  Rub the chicken with the 2 teaspoons olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  Grill the chicken paillards, one at a time, until cooked through—about 4 minutes.  Toss the arugula, fennel, apple, lemon juice, lemon zest, and 2 tablespoon olive oil with salt and pepper.

Allow the chicken to cool just slightly, then pile the salad on top of the chicken.


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7 Responses to Working Girl Dinners: Chicken Paillard Salad

  1. So delish! And perfect for us ladies getting ready for the beach this summer. :)

  2. Kerry says:

    Thanks. Exactly!

  3. Faiza says:

    I found this website by mistake. I tried at least 60% of the recipes on this site and LOVE THEM!!!! They are just so yummyyyy!!! :)

  4. Kerry says:

    Hi Faiza! I’m so glad you found me! Thanks…I love the comment.

  5. dana says:

    wow, it really does look like a gourmet dinner, what a tasty treat to dish up to friends!

  6. Allison says:

    Made this today for some friends and it was so good!! I felt so fancy serving it. Also made the strawberry ice cream profiteroles for dessert and, oh my gosh, I think I died and went to Heaven a little bit. I had another one after everyone left. I usually don’t comment on people’s blogs I don’t know but I had to thank you for sharing such great recipes.

    • Kerry says:

      Allison, you’ve totally made my night. And I love that you made such a light dinner and capped it off with those profiteroles. I like your way of thinking. Thanks for writing–again, totally made my night!