Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Paillards

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins

Slightly sweet, tangy, and spicy all at once, the easy sauce doubles the flavor of quick-cooking thin-sliced chicken breasts. Gourmet, Quick Kitchen, February 2006.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cooks' note:.
  2. Some sliced chicken breasts may not be of an even thickness. If necessary, put each paillard between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound with flat side of a meat pounder until about 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Special equipment:
  4. A well-seasoned large (2-burner) ridged grill.
  5. Prepare grill pan and start sauce:.
  6. Heat grill pan over moderate heat until hot.
  7. Meanwhile, simmer all sauce ingredients except butter in a 1-quart saucepan, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Set aside while cooking chicken.
  8. Make paillards:.
  9. Cook cumin, paprika, and pepper in oil in a small skillet over moderately low heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl, reserving skillet for sauce (do not clean).
  10. Brush some spiced oil on 1 side of each paillard, then sprinkle with some salt. Arrange 2 paillards on grill, oiled sides down, and brush tops with some of spiced oil, then sprinkle with some salt.
  11. Grill 2 minutes, then turn over and grill until just cooked through, about 3 minutes more.
  12. Transfer to a platter and cover with foil. Grill remaining paillards in same manner, transferring to platter.
  13. Finish sauce:.
  14. Pour sauce through a medium-mesh sieve into reserved small skillet, discarding solids. Add any juices from chicken accumulated on platter to sauce and bring to a boil.
  15. Remove from heat, then add butter and swirl skillet until butter is just incorporated. Season sauce with salt and spoon over chicken.
Most Helpful

My husband loved this. Paired with Pulau Nepalese Basmati Rice (Pulau Nepalese Basmati Rice Dish, from Kitchen Mama of 3) this would be a dinner-party offering fit for royal guests! I increased the sauce amount, and thickened it a bit as suggested by another reviewer, and put it on seitan for my vegetarian serving. Thanks, Nana Lee!

La Dilettante January 07, 2012

Whatever you do, DON'T double this recipe...TRIPLE IT! It really is that good. I did double the recipe, and I'm so glad I did. My family loved it, as did I. I served this with rice and California Mixed Vegetables #228334. The only change I will make next time is to maybe thicken the sauce so it clings better to the chicken, and leave in the pepper flakes for a little more spice because I love spicy food. Even my husband said this chicken should be a regualar on the dinner table. Thanks again Nana for posting a great recipe. (I'm sure my picture doesn't do it justice, but this dish really is THAT good)

SugarBritches22 July 21, 2009

Awesome great flavor, used those fancy cut thin chicken breast. Cooked extremely fast served with fattoush, hummous and kibbee. What a great addition to our meal. Lisa

LMillerRN June 22, 2006