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Honey-Dijon Chicken Paillards with Zucchini Slaw

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Total time 20 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: 2 chicken breast cutlets and about 3/4 cup slaw)

Paillard is a French term for any cut of meat that’s been sliced or pounded thin, a brilliant quick-cooking technique that allows for more seared exterior in half the time. Rather than purchase cutlets, which range widely in weight and thickness, we split larger breasts in half lengthwise. Zucchini slaw is a fun twist on the cabbage classic. If making ahead, let the grated zucchini drain in a colander for several minutes before adding the other ingredients, otherwise it may become watery. Serve the chicken and slaw with simply cooked orzo pasta tossed with lemon and Parmesan cheese. 


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 4 (6-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breasts, split horizontally into 8 cutlets
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 (8-oz.) zucchini, grated on the large holes of a box grater (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

Nutrition Information

  • calories 345
  • fat 15.3 g
  • satfat 2.5 g
  • monofat 9.3 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 40 g
  • carbohydrate 10 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 124 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 586 mg
  • calcium 51 mg
  • sugars 8 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 4 g

How to Make It

  1. Combine 1 tablespoon oil, honey, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Add chicken to honey mixture; toss to coat. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add 4 chicken cutlets to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Repeat procedure with remaining 4 cutlets.

  2. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Add tomatoes and remaining ingredients; toss. Serve with chicken.