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Chicken Paillards with Cherry Sauce & Parsley Rice

A "paillard" is a slice of meat pounded very thin, then sauteed or grilled at high heat. This version works for a weeknight dinner or a standout for guests. —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3-1/4 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion (about 1 small)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons tawny port wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley


  • In a large saucepan, bring 2-1/4 cups stock and rice to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  • Meanwhile, pound chicken with a meat mallet to 1/4-in. thickness; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, cook and stir onion in 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the cherries, vinegar, wine and remaining stock, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half and cherries are plump, about 6 minutes. Stir in mustard.
  • Fluff rice; stir in parsley and remaining butter; serve with chicken and sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast with 1 cup rice and 1/4 cup sauce: 643 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 792mg sodium, 88g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein.

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  • MOTCook
    Jun 24, 2014

    I have made this twice. The first time I used regular rice and the second time I used the basmati rice. Both times it was excellent. Somewhere in the recipe you need to remind the reader to rinse the basmati rice until the water runs clear.

  • JeffPick
    May 1, 2013

    A great confluence of tastes. The parsley plays well opposite the sweet/tartness of the topping. I admit, I did not have port, so used 3T of a red wine and 1T of brown sugar.

  • R_uth
    Jan 9, 2013

    Absolutely outstanding! I made it according to the recipe except for the garlic and couldn't have asked for better flavor. My husband loved it.

  • victoriabc
    Dec 10, 2012

    Simple and good! I didn't have any onion so I sprinkled onion powder on the chicken while I was browning it. Skipped the port wine too. Don't really know what that would have done to alter the flavor but what I ended up with was quite good.

  • jkovaleski
    Jul 19, 2012

    Best new chicken dish I have tried in ages. Love the cherry taste. I cooked this in the oven and skipped the part about flattening the chicken.