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Grilled Chicken Paillard and Chopped-Radicchio Salad

Toasted walnuts and chopped-radicchio salad top chicken breasts flavored with walnut oil and lemon juice.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 1999


  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon walnut oil
  • 6 skinless and boneless chicken-breast halves (about 3 pounds), pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
  • 1/2 pound green and yellow beans, stems trimmed
  • 2 large heads radicchio (3/4 pound total), cores removed, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 fennel bulb, core and fronds removed, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Olive-oil cooking spray


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place walnuts on a baking sheet; toast until golden brown and fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. In a bowl, combine lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon walnut oil. Brush over chicken breasts; set aside.

  2. Fill a bowl with water and ice; set aside. Bring a pot of water to a boil; cook beans until tender, about 1 1/2 minutes. Drain; transfer to ice bath to cool. Drain again; cut beans into 1/2-inch pieces. Combine beans, radicchio, and fennel in a large bowl. Add vinegar, remaining 2 tablespoons walnut oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss; set aside.

  3. Heat a grill or grill pan coated with olive-oil cooking spray until very hot. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Grill until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn; continue cooking until browned and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Serve topped with reserved radicchio salad; garnish with walnuts.

Cook's Notes

Place the chicken-breast halves between two layers of plastic wrap before pounding them.

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