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Seared Chicken Breasts with French Potato Salad

Jim Bathie
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Yield 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds baby Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts (5 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon

Nutrition Information

  • calories 380
  • fat 9 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 5 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 37 g
  • carbohydrate 37 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 80 mg
  • sodium 490 mg
  • 2.3 g

How to Make It

  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring water to a boil and cook potatoes 15 minutes or until potato is easily pierced with a fork. Add green beans during the last minute of cooking; drain and set aside.

  2. While potatoes cook, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, parsley, mustard, vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Season to taste with black pepper. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice larger pieces in half or fourths and add to bowl. Toss to coat and set aside.

  3. Cover chicken breasts with parchment paper; pound to an even thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and season with black pepper.

  4. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken in flour. Warm remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan, and cook 6 to 8 minutes until chicken begins to brown; turn to brown other side. Add shallots, and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the chicken breast registers 160�. Add lemon juice and tarragon, and turn chicken until evenly coated.

  5. Transfer chicken to a serving platter and scrape any remaining shallots into potato salad. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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