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Chicken Paillards with Asparagus, Lemon, Garlic, and Dill


A lemony dill sauce brightens chicken breast and complements asparagus. Though there is quite a bit of the herb in here, it does not overwhelm the rest of the dish. Serve with some boiled new potatoes, if you like.


  • 4去骨、去皮的chicken breast halves (about 1-3/4 lb.), tenders removed
  • 1-1/2 oz. (1/3 cup) all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lower-salt chicken broth
  • 6 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large lemon, finely grated to yield 1 tsp. zest and squeezed to yield 3 Tbs. juice
  • 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into 3 or 4 pieces

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 430
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 220
  • Fat (g): 24
  • Saturated Fat (g): 7
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 13
  • Cholesterol (mg): 125
  • Sodium (mg): 460
  • Carbohydrates (g): 10
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 43


  • Using a meat mallet, pound each chicken breast between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to an even 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness.
  • In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, 2 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. pepper.
  • Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge 2 paillards in the flour, shaking off any excess, and place in the skillet. Cook, flipping once, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a plate; set aside. Repeat with the remaining oil and paillards.
  • Add the garlic to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for about a minute. Add the chicken broth and lemon zest, scraping up any browned bits from the skillet. Add the asparagus, chicken, and any accumulated juice and nestle the chicken into the liquid. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to maintain a simmer, cover, and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the asparagus is tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter or plates.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, dill, and butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon the asparagus mixture over the chicken and serve.
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  • mt_chef| 02/14/2017

    Nice easy dish. Like the other readers, i also used tarragon. I didn't have any fresh lemons, subbed some lemon pepper instead of the zest, & used bottled lemon juice.

  • KathD| 04/13/2016

    Delicious and easy to make. Enjoyed the balance of flavors. This dish is great for regular rotation when asparagus is in season. Like others, I'd recommend rice or potatoes as a nice side dish (and then double the sauce!)

  • Hig87| 08/21/2015

    I have prepared this dish twice for my son and I and it has been fabulous both times. Really great and easy recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  • dcouyou| 03/13/2015

    Nice weekday dinner. Added sliced shallots and mixture of sliced mushrooms with garlic. Deglazed pan with dry white wine before adding chicken broth. Used a mixture of dill,tarragon and parsley instead of dill alone. Buttered small new potatoes went well with this dish. Will make this dish again.

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