Archive

Tag Archives: chicken

Chicken Paillard with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Oh how I love Tyler Florence and all that he does!  I’ve made this recipe of his a couple of times now and each time my husband cleans his plate!  That’s always a good sign:)  It’s a pretty easy meal and one that doesn’t taste too heavy which is nice.  Perfect for a weekday night or for easy entertaining.  I think once you make this you’ll definitely go back to it as a trusty go-to recipe.

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or peanut oil

Dressing:

  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 clove garlic, pealed and smashed
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Salad:

  • 1 cup organic grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bag fresh baby arugala
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, boccancini, halved
  • Shaved Parmesan, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Directions

For the chicken:

Begin by pounding out the chicken breast gently between 2 pieces of plastic wrap.

Prepare a breading station with flour, whisked eggs and milk, and panko crumbs. Season all generously with salt and pepper. Coat the breasts in flour, egg then panko. Lay the coated breasts out on a flat tray and refrigerate to let the crust dry out (about 10 minutes) this will ensure there is less moisture and less chance your coating will break when frying.

Shallow fry the paillard in hot oil for approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side depending on how thick the breasts are. Drain well, season with salt and set aside when done.

For the dressing:

Put the anchovies, egg yolks, garlic, and lemon juice into a blender and process for 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth. With the blender running, pour the olive oil in slowly for the dressing to emulsify. Add water if the sauce is too thick.  Stir in the Parmesan, season with grinds of black pepper; set aside. (Refrigerate the dressing if you will not be using it right away.)

Prepare the salad by splitting the grape tomatoes in half through the middle lengthwise, mixing all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the dressing and toss the salad well.

To serve lay the warm, crispy chicken paillard on the base of the plate and top with the salad. Garnish with shaved parmesan cheese, a wedge of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil.

Vitea – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This is always a must for breakfast when we make our way down to PV.  Although they’re open for lunch and dinner as well, I’ve only ever been for breakfast.  I get the same thing every time…the chilaquiles with chicken.  It’s large and can easily be shared.  I think about this dish a lot when I’m gone and always look forward to going back when I’m in town.  The beans that are served with it are SO good…I could probably go for two servings of those:)  I almost forgot to mention that with your breakfast you get a selection of sweet breads to munch on.  My personal favorite is the sugar one…yum!  You won’t be sorry you went here.  The food is outstanding, the service is great and the location gives you a great view of the ocean along with some great people watching.  (Dogs are welcome outside!)

Zen – Hakuba, Japan

Although Zen is known for it’s Soba, their Japanese small plates are a great option as well, especially for larger groups.  Reservations are recommended although not necessary.  Typically tatami mats can be a little uncomfortable but here they have seat backs to help your back and make it a little more comfortable.  Below are my favorites dishes of the night.  The menu is quite large so if you have a good group you can get away with ordering a lot of dishes for everyone to try.

Sashimi – Salmon and Tuna Sashimi

Tataki Kyuuri – cucumber with spicy Japanese sauce

Chicken Karaage – Fried Chicken

Agedashi do-fu – deep fried tofu in soup

Yanaimno – yanaimo and spicy roe pizza

Tako no peperonti-no – octopus with spicy olive oil and garlic sauce

Assorted Tempura

Gobou no Karaage – deep fried burdock

Chicken Piccata

This is a frequently requested dish by my husband.  I learned it from my mom who used to make it for me often growing up.  To this day it’s something I crave and love to make for others.  I’m a huge fan of lemon and capers so this recipe is perfect.  It’s fairly easy to make and doesn’t require too many special tools or ingredients.  Madeira is probably the most difficult thing to find…especially if you’re in Bozeman, Montana…I’m speaking from experience:)

Chicken Piccata

6 servings 

Ingredients:

  • 3 whole chicken breasts (pounded thinly)
  • 1 cup flour
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • paprika (optional)
  • 2 lemons, one thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs drained capers (or more)
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup Madeira cooking wine

Place chicken between plastic wrap or in a Ziploc bag.  With a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound the chicken until thin (about ½ inch or thinner).  *You can also very politely ask your local butcher to pound them thinly for you and they usually have no problem doing it.  Saves you a step!

Place in a ziploc bag with flour, salt, pepper and paprika (optional – just adds a nice color).  Make sure all of chicken is completely coated and shake to remove excess flour.

In a large skillet melt 1 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.    In two batches add the chicken to the skillet and lightly brown on both sides; add oil and butter as needed.

Once cooked, removed from pan and set aside on a plate with paper towels to absorb extra oil.

Add capers, juice from one lemon, and Madeira to pan and deglaze.   Add flour if sauce is too thin.   Next, add the chicken to the pan and sauté until heated through and coated with sauce, about 2 minutes.

Serve immediately with sliced lemons on top.  Enjoy!

Boat Street Cafe – Seattle, WA

Another Renee Erickson favorite of mine, Boat Street Cafe is one of my go to places for lunch.  They also offer brunch and dinner (on most days/nights).  The ingredients are such great quality and the food isn’t fussy which is so refreshing sometimes.

One of my favorite lunch items is the chicken sandwich with fresh basil and lemon pepper mayonnaise.  I’ve attempted to recreate it at home and have to say, I’m not that far off.  But the original is always better:)  Their baguettes are from Columbia City Bakery and are some of the best in the city!

Magali Tomato SoupPotato and Salmon Cakes with Remoulade, Fresh Beets, Salad and Baguette…another favorite of mine!

Red Mill Burgers – Seattle, WA

Best burger in Seattle!!!  There are a lot of contenders but I personally think this one is the best!  It was even featured on an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”.

My go to burger is the Red Mill Deluxe w/ Cheese…it’s perfect!  Juicy 1/4 lb patty, American cheese, Mill Sauce, tomato, pickle and onion (I ask for mine grilled).  I always get fries…my own because my husband has learned that if we “share” I will still manage to eat them all.  I’m a french fry fiend.  I also top off this low calorie meal with a sparkling lemonade.  It’s kind of like a treat to me.  I normally only drink water (unless it’s dinner and there’s wine around) but this sparkling lemonade is amazing!  SO fizzy and refreshing…I love it!

My husband and most people I know go for the Bacon Deluxe w/ Cheese.  The bacon is incredible…peppery and crisped to perfection:)  I also love the Red Mill Chicken Sandwich when I’m feeling like something not so greasy.  Enjoy!

Amanpuri – Phuket, Thailand

On the first leg of our honeymoon we had the pleasure of spending 3 full days in Phuket, Thailand at the beautiful Amanpuri Resort.  Unfortunately for us the one thing you can’t control in life is the weather and we got rain…three days of it…torrential downpour to be exact.  So what do you do when it’s raining and you can’t be outside?  You eat:)  And that we did!

Being that we were in Thailand it only seemed most appropriate to stick to the native cuisine which we did.  Every morning we started the day with a gorgeous platter of fresh fruit followed by either eggs or yogurt and granola.  My favorite was by far the passionfruit.  Holy cow it has a lot of flavor!

Lunch and dinner mostly consisted of curried noodle dishes, seafood and some sort of rice dish.  All very flavorful and delicious!

If you’re ever planning a trip to Phuket, Thailand I highly recommend the resort for your accommodation and/or food.  Everything at Amanpuri is quite impressive!  The attention to detail is unbelievable and will have you oooh-ing and ahhh-ing at it all.

My husband’s breakfast bruschetta which was layered with arugula, avocado, roasted tomatoes, crispy pancetta, poached eggs and finished with a balsamic reduction…lots of punch for a morning meal but very good!

Poq Pia Sot – Shrimp, chicken and vegetables, rolling in a Thai crepe with a spicy dipping sauce

Pow Pia Thod – Tradition deep fried spring rolls.  Always a tasty choice even though they’re not healthy.

The Thai take on the classic Balinese dish Mie Goreng – Chicken and crab meat, fried noodles with chili sambal, shrimp crackers & satay, topped with a fried egg

Kao Soi Gai – Chiang Mai style red curry of chicken with crispy noodles and traditional accompaniments

Who knew chocolate ice cream could be so beautiful?!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 59 other followers

%d bloggers like this: