chicken paillards and spicy arugula salad with pickled peaches, pepitas, and fresh cilantro

When the weather heats up, it’s time to cool things down on the dinner front. This recipe requires a total stove time of just 5 minutes. The chicken breasts...
By: Anna Decker / 08/12/2015 /

What you’ll need: 1 ripe, firm peach 1 large shallot 1 small jalapeño 1 lime ½ cup white vinegar 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 oz baby arugula leaves 1 tablespoon pepitas few sprigs cilantro olive oil coarse salt freshly ground black pepper

Equipment: zester large skillet

Recipe steps:

  1. Prep the pickles Halve peaches, remove pit and slice into ¼-inch wedges. Cut the ends off the shallot, peel, then very thinly slice. Remove the stem from the jalapeño then slice into rounds (remove the seeds for less heat). Wash then zest and juice the lime.

  2. Pickle the peaches and onions Combine the peaches, shallot, jalapeño, lime zest, lime juice, vinegar, and ¼ cup water in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Set aside until the shallot is soft and bright pink, tossing occasionally, about 15 minutes.

  3. Prep the chicken Using a sharp knife, divide each chicken breast in two by making a horizontal cut through each chicken breast, halving them completely; season the 4 pieces with salt and pepper.

  4. Cook the chicken Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, cook the chicken breast halves until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes on each side.

  5. Plate Pick the cilantro leaves from the stems. Wash and dry the arugula. Place two chicken breast halves on each plate and top with arugula and some of the pickled peaches and onions.

  6. Finish and Serve Drizzle each plate with a bit of the pickling liquid and a drizzle of oil. Garnish with pepitas and cilantro leaves. Enjoy!