RecipeLemon-Thyme Chicken Paillard

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 220
  • Protein: 26 g
  • Total Fat: 11 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 9.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 85 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0 g
  • Total Sugar: 0 g
    • Natural Sugar: 0 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 50 mg

This simple and delicious meal comes together in no time at all and calls for just a handful of ingredients, making it the perfect meal for busy weeknights. It’s also fancy enough to serve for company at a get-together. Easy yet elegant—the ideal combination.

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This recipe makes 5 servings
  • • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (or herb of your choice)
  • • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • • 1¼ pounds boneless, skinless thin chicken breasts*
  • • Kosher salt, to taste

*You can either purchase thinly sliced chicken breasts, or pound it yourself by butterflying larger chicken breasts, placing between parchment paper and pounding with your fist or a can until it becomes super thin and enlarged.


Whisk olive oil, lemon juice and zest, chopped herbs and black pepper in a small bowl. Add chicken and fully coat in olive oil/lemon marinade. 

Warm skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to the pan and top each piece with a sprinkling of salt. (Be careful not to overcrowd the pan. Depending upon the size of your chicken breasts, you may fit only 1 to 2 pieces at a time). Cook for about 3 minutes per side; they cook up fast because they’re so thin. Add another sprinkling of optional salt after flipping to the second side.

 Transfer to serving plates and top each chicken paillard with a hearty serving of mixed greens and a drizzle of lemon vinaigrette.

Serving option: Top with arugula, chopped tomato and avocado, and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar or my Lemon Vinaigrette.

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Nutrition analysis courtesy of Genesis® R&D