Lemon-Thyme Chicken Paillards

Thinly sliced and grilled, this chicken dish is perfect for a light meal. Serve it with an arugula salad. This recipe was also featured on "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn."

  • Servings: 6
Lemon-Thyme Chicken Paillards

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2006


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 3 pounds total)
  • 6 garlic cloves, halved lengthwise
  • 3 lemons, 2 halved crosswise, 1 cut into wedges
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Arugula Salad


  1. Lay a chicken breast on parchment paper. Starting on 1 long side, cut horizontally into breast but not completely through. Open cut breast like a book. Top with another sheet of parchment. Flatten to an even thickness, about 1/3 inch thick. Repeat with remaining breasts.

  2. Rub both sides of each breast with garlic; transfer chicken and garlic to a large resealable plastic bag. Squeeze 2 lemon halves over chicken; add rinds to bag. Thinly slice remaining lemon halves crosswise. Top each breast with a lemon slice and thyme sprig; season with pepper. Drizzle chicken with oil. Marinate in the refrigerator, flipping occasionally, at least 2 hours (up to overnight).

  3. Preheat a grill or grill pan to high. Discard marinade, lemon, and thyme. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill, flipping once, until cooked through, 2 minutes per side. Serve chicken warm, at room temperature, or cold. Top each breast with salad, dividing evenly, and serve with lemon wedges.

Cook's Notes

Paillard How-To: Place chicken breast on parchment. Using a sharp knife, slice horizontally until almost cut through; open so sides lie flat (this is called butterflying). Cover with more parchment. Flatten to an even thickness.


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