Monday, January 4, 2010

Chicken Paillards with Clementine Salsa

Happy New Year, Dear Reader!

The last 10 days in Chicago felt like a month but now I am back home in sunny San Francisco ready to start cooking again. First up is this recipe by Lora Zarubin that takes advantage of clementines in the height of their season. This is an easy recipe for a weeknight or casual dinner party with some friends.

Chicken Paillards with Clementine Salsa
  • 4 5-ounce chicken breast halves
  • 4 clementines, peeled, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh clementine juice (from about 6 clementines)
  • Place chicken breast halves between 2 sheets plastic wrap or parchment paper, spacing apart. Using mallet, pound chicken to 1/4-inch thickness. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
  • Mix clementines and next 8 ingredients in medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Salsa can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover; let stand at room temperature.
  • Uncover chicken; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until slightly browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to platter. Add clementine juice to skillet; boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Drizzle sauce over chicken. Spoon salsa over and serve.


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