Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Paillards
photo by SugarBritches22
- Ready In:
- 1⁄4 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon mild honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
- 1⁄4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika (not hot)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 3⁄4 lbs boneless chicken breasts, slices 1/4 inch thick
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- Cooks' note:.
- 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.
- A well-seasoned large (2-burner) ridged grill.
- Prepare grill pan and start sauce:.
- Heat grill pan over moderate heat until hot.
- Meanwhile, simmer all sauce ingredients except butter in a 1-quart saucepan, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Set aside while cooking chicken.
- Make paillards:.
- 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).
- 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.
- Grill 2 minutes, then turn over and grill until just cooked through, about 3 minutes more.
- Transfer to a platter and cover with foil. Grill remaining paillards in same manner, transferring to platter.
- Finish sauce:.
- 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.
- Remove from heat, then add butter and swirl skillet until butter is just incorporated. Season sauce with salt and spoon over chicken.
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My husband loved this. Paired with Pulau Nepalese Basmati Rice (recipe #248955, 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!
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)
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