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Grilled Chicken Paillards with Olive-Orange Salsa

Grilled Chicken Paillards with Olive-Orange Salsa
Two of Spain’s iconic foods—oranges and olives—mesh beautifully in this colorful pimentón-infused salsa. Wonderful with chicken, it also plays well with veal chops, pork tenderloin, shrimp, salmon, tuna, cod, and, of course, your favorite chips!


  • 1 large navel orange
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup rough-chopped pimento-stuffed green olives
  • 1/3 cup diced celery hearts (the inner stalks)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion or shallot
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon pimentón dulce, sweet smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for the chicken
  • 1 tablespoon dry Spanish sherry
  • Salt and freshly ground coarse black pepper to taste
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, each 6 ounces


Step 1

Slice off the ends of the orange and set it upright on a cutting board. Remove the peel and white pith with a sharp paring knife. Working over a bowl, release the orange segments by slicing between the membranes and then squeeze the remnants over the bowl to extract any juice. Cut each segment into 3 or 4 pieces. Add the garlic, olives, celery, onion, parsley, pimentón, cumin, optional hot red pepper flakes, the 3 tablespoons olive oil, and the sherry. Season to taste with salt (remember, the olives will be salty) and pepper. Cover and set aside.

Step 2

Pound the chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper until they are about 1/2 inch thick. Brush on both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to medium-high. (Alternatively, you can pan-fry the chicken breasts or grill them on a stovetop grill pan.) Grill for 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning once with tongs, until the chicken is cooked through. Let rest for 2 minutes. Transfer to a platter or plates and spoon the salsa over the chicken.

Yields 6 servings.