lemony chicken with arugula, radicchio & shallots

lemony chicken with arugula, radicchio & shallots

This recipe highlights a winner #smartcooking technique: crisp some shallot rounds in olive oil and reserve the shallot oil for a salad dressing turned up a notch.

And there’s a lot more to love here, from the tender chicken breasts basted in an addictive butter-lemon sauce to a nutritious radicchio and arugula salad. Oh, and those crunchy shallots scattered on top.  Cook, relax and enjoy!

What you’ll need:
2 shallots
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 lemons
1 oz butter
2 Tbsp champagne vinegar
1 Tbsp whole grain mustard
1 small head radicchio
2 oz baby arugula
1 oz Parmesan cheese
olive oil
all-purpose flour
coarse salt
freshly ground black pepper

Equipment:
small skillet
meat mallet
large skillet

Recipe steps:
1. Brown shallots
Trim and peel shallots and thinly slice into rounds. Heat ¼ cup oil in a small skillet over medium. Add shallot rounds and cook until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Remove shallots with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt. Reserve shallot oil.

2. Pound chicken
Meanwhile, place each chicken breast between two pieces of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or a heavy skillet, pound each to ¼-inch thickness. Juice one of the lemons.

3. Coat chicken
Add ¼ cup flour  and 1 teaspoon salt to a shallow dish and stir to combine. Coat each chicken breast in flour mixture, shaking off any excess.

4. Cook chicken
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add 1 chicken breast and cook until golden brown, 2–3 minutes. Flip and cook until cooked through, 1–2 more minutes. Repeat with the other breast, adding 1 tablespoon of oil before cooking. Return all chicken to pan. Add butter and lemon juice and cook until sauce thickens and coats chicken, about 1 minute.

5. Make salad
Whisk together reserved shallot oil, champagne vinegar, mustard, and juice of half a lemon. Season with salt and pepper. Cut radicchio into quarters, remove the core then roughly chop.  Combine radicchio and arugula and toss with the vinaigrette.

6. Assemble
Serve chicken topped with salad. Shave Parmesan over salad and top with crispy shallots. Cut remaining lemon half into wedges and serve alongside. Enjoy!