Chicken Paillard Salad
Includes recipes for Champagne-Pear Vinaigrette and Parmesean Frico
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets (6-8oz each), pounded thinly, salt and pepper on each side *see notes below on pounding chicken
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 4oz block of Gruyere cheese
- 6 cups or a large bag of Mesclun salad greens
- Champagne-Pear Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
- Parmesan Cheese Frico (see recipe below)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- Toss the Salad:
In a large mixing bowl toss the mesclun greens with the Champagne-Pear Vinaigrette, salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the chicken:
Heat oil in large skillet (chicken may need to be sautéed in 2 skillets or in batches); add the chicken breasts to the skillet and sauté for approximately 3-4 minutes on each side
3. Assemble the Dish
- Place a piece of sautéed chicken on each of the 4-entrée plates
- using a vegetable/potato peeler cover the chicken breast with thin shavings of the Gruyere cheese
- Divide the salad and place a mound on top of the chicken breast
- Top/Garnish each dish with a Parmesan Frico
Voila – Enjoy!
Prep/Pound the Chicken: Using a flat faced hammer, mallet or small heavy skillet pound chicken breasts between 2 layers of plastic wrap or in a sealed freezer bag.
- ¼ Cup Champagne Vinegar
- ½ Cup Canola Oil
- ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ Pear Peeled and Seeded
- ½ teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper (prefer white pepper)
Cut the pear into chunks and drop in the carafe of a blender with the lemon juice, mustard, honey and shallots. Purée, then add the salt and pepper. Add the vinegar and blend well. With the blender running, drizzle in the oils in a steady stream until you have a nice, thick emulsified dressing. The dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 8 hours. Shake well before using.
Parmesan Cheese Frico
- 3/4 cup medium-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (graded fresh by hand is preferred)
- 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
1. Preheat the oven to 350º F
2. Toss the flour in with the cheese
3. Divide cheese mixture into 4 equal mounds and place on a non-stick sheet pan (or parchment paper lined sheet pan) about 4 inches apart and gently spread out and flatten into circles
4. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted to a golden color and bubbly.
5. Let cool. Transfer carefully to a plate with a thin spatula.
Note: Frico can be stored between layers of wax paper for 1 to 2 days
Makes 4 large Fricos