02 March 2009

A Taste Of French

I found this wonderful french receipe this weekend on Food Network's website and thought I'd share it with all of you.
photo by Food Network
Warm Salad with Chicken Paillards and Goat Cheese
  • 12 cups arugula, tough stems removed
  • 8 green olives, pitted and quartered
  • 8 large dates, pitted and quartered
  • 2 oranges, peeled, sectioned and sliced into chunks
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
  • 1/3 cup seasoned italian breadcrumbs
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 ounces aged or fresh goat cheese, crumbled - also known as chevre (french for goat)
Place arugula, olives, dates and orange chunks in a large salad bowl.
Lay each chicken breast between 2 large pieces of plastic wrap. Gently pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet or a heavy saucepan until 1/4 inch thick. Place breadcrumbs on a large plate and dredge the chicken in them.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 chicken breasts and cook until golden and just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to platter, cover and keep warm. Reduce heat to medium, add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan and repeat with the remaining chicken. Transfer to the platter and cover.
Add orange juice concentrate, water and vinegar to the pan. Stir in mustard and let the dressing boil for 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper. Add half of the warm dressing to the salad; gently toss to mix.
To serve, cut chicken into thin slices. Top salad with chicken, goat cheese and the remaining dressing.

This recepie just looked like spring to me...and I thought...what a wonderfully light and tasty treat this would be.

I also wanted to share with you something else that has a a taste of french...
The French Cupboard is a wonderful "Uncommon Marketplace". If you'd like more information about the French Cupboard, just click here.

Happy Monday!


  1. OH, YUM!! Love warm chicken in a salad. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm working on sending an e-mail with the marinara receipe...This receipe you have on your blog has everything I love in a salad.


  3. mmm mmm mmm, that sounds and looks delicious!!!

  4. I am sure going to try this one out...i love everything that is in this salad!!! I even think everyone in my family will gobble it up...thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Hi Andrea,
    This recipe sounds very good and you know how I share the love of french with you. I'm going to try it next weekend. Glad you posted it - Merci!

  6. Looks so GOOD and I am sure it tastes good too!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

    Have a nice Tuesday!

  7. *drool* This sounds really good! Bookmarking for the next time I have chicken ready to cook...