Thursday, March 20, 2008

Yum in the Tum

Parmesan Chicken Paillards with Cherry Tomato Sauce


  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
    Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Combine cheese and flour in a shallow dish. Dredge 1 side of each chicken breast half in cheese mixture.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 chicken breast halves, cheese side down; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and chicken breast halves. Remove from pan; keep warm.

Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in broth and vinegar; cook 1 minute or until liquid almost evaporates. Add tomatoes, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and oregano; cook 2 minutes.

Wine note: These chicken breasts have a piquant Italian flavor. I love to serve them with an Italian red made from the sangiovese grape. Try the incredible Marchesi di Frescobaldi "Campo ai Sassi" Rosso di Montalcino 2004 (Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy), $20. -Karen MacNeil


4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half and about 1/3 cup tomato mixture)

Nutritional Information

CALORIES 264(20% from fat); FAT 5.9g (sat 1.8g,mono 2.6g,poly 0.9g); PROTEIN 42.6g; CHOLESTEROL 102mg; CALCIUM 95mg; SODIUM 504mg; FIBER 1.3g; IRON 1.6mg; CARBOHYDRATE 7.4g


Angie said...

Mmmmm, sounds good!

raining sheep said...

That looks delicious. I am so making that. Happy easter Jess!!

raining sheep said...

As a note, I did make this dish this weekend, it was perfect for last night...OH MY GOD, was it ever amazing. I served it with a Beaujolais Villages (gorgeous wine!!) and some amazingly nutty delicious brown die for. Can you please post more recipes cause I don't know what to make for dinner tonight!!