Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 25 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Want to add some pep to your Chicken Paillard? Don't just stop at lemon zest. Oranges and fresh spring vegetables work wonders aganst a chicken breast canvas, all while adding nutrients and color. Add Israeli couscous, also known as pearl couscous, for a side that doesn't distract from the chicken's flavor. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare Vinaigrette: Whisk together first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth and well blended. Stir in parsley and thyme leaves. Reserve 1/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp. vinaigrette for use in couscous and salad.

Step 2

Prepare Chicken: Place chicken between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, and flatten to about 1/2-inch thickness, using a rolling pin or flat side of a meat mallet. Place chicken in a zip-top plastic bag, and pour remaining vinaigrette over chicken, turning to coat. Seal and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Turn bag over after 15 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, prepare Couscous: Melt butter with 1 1/2 tsp. oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add couscous; cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until toasted. Stir in broth. Bring mixture to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Uncover and fluff. Stir in 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper and reserved 2 Tbsp. vinaigrette.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 400°. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place chicken on a wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan. Sprinkle with 3/4 tsp. each salt and pepper.

Step 5

Bake at 400° for 12 to 15 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 165°. Let chicken stand at room temperature 5 minutes.

Step 6

Prepare Salad: Cook beans in boiling salted water 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Halve beans, lengthwise; toss with arugula, next 4 ingredients, and remaining 1/3 cup vinaigrette.

Step 7

Divide couscous among 4 plates; top each with a chicken breast, and serve with salad.

Chef's Notes

We tested with Peloponnese All Natural Grande Pearl Shaped Couscous.

Ratings & Reviews

Absolutely Delicious!

April 19, 2015
I followed this recipe perfectly and while there were several steps and it took a little time for the chicken to marinate, it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!  The following day I used the leftover chicken in a tortilla wrap with arugula and sliced tomatoes and it was also really good!!