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Chicken Paillards with Squash and Spinach

A paillard is simply a skinless, boneless chicken-breast half that you butterfly and pound thin. It's one of the speediest routes to a lean meal: While you prep and saute it, roast some squash and red onion, then place it on top with fresh spinach and crisp fried sage.

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  • Servings: 4
Chicken Paillards with Squash and Spinach

Photography: Marcus Nilsson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2013


  • 1/2 small kabocha squash, unpeeled, seeded and cut lengthwise into 3/4-inch slices
  • 1 small red onion, cut into wedges, root end attached
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves (4 to 5 ounces each), butterflied
  • Red-pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 16 fresh sage leaves (from about 4 sprigs)
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Distribute squash and onion evenly on 2 rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil, season with salt, and toss to coat. Spread in a single layer and roast until squash is tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, pound chicken to a 1/8-to-1/4-inch thickness. Season on both sides with salt and redpepper flakes. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Swirl in remaining tablespoon oil, then butter. Fry sage until just crisp, about 1 minute; let drain on a paper towel.

  3. Working in 2 batches, add chicken to pan and cook until golden and cooked through, about 1 minute on each side. Divide chicken among 4 plates and top with spinach, squash, onion, and sage.

Cook's Note

Flavor Swap: Instead of squash and onion, go for a more traditional topping of chopped fresh tomatoes and arugula tossed in olive oil.

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