- Serves: 4
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Effort: easy
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, rosemary, thyme
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for frying
- 1 large cos lettuce
- 60 g parmesan, freshly grated
- 20 black olives, pitted
For the dressing
- 1½ tsp Dijon mustard
- 30 ml fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 10 drops tabasco
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 anchovy fillets, crushed
- 90 ml light olive oil
For the garlic croutons
- 6 slices continental-style bread, crusts removed
- 4 tbsp light olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
1. For the dressing: in a small bowl, stir a pinch of salt and the mustard into the lemon juice until dissolved. Add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, egg yolk and anchovies and mix well.
2. Slowly add the oil to the mixture in a slow and steady stream, whisking continually. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
3. For the garlic croutons: preheat the grill to medium high.
4. Brush both sides of each slice of bread with the olive oil and grill until crisp and golden. Remove the toast from the grill and immediately rub both sides with the clove of garlic, then cut into 2cm cubes.
5. Lay each chicken breast out flat on a cutting board and make a long horizontal incision almost through the breast, so that you can open it out like a book. Press each breast out flat with the palm of your hand to give a good flat shape (known as a 'paillard').
6. Season each paillard with salt, freshly ground pepper, a sprinkle of the fresh herbs and a drizzle of the oil. Heat a little vegetable oil in a heavy-based pan and pan-fry the chicken until golden and cooked through.
7. Wash the lettuce, and pat dry. Break the bigger outside leaves roughly, keeping the smaller inside leaves whole, and put into a bowl. Toss the lettuce with the dressing and two-thirds of the grated parmesan.
8. To serve, arrange the dressed leaves in the centre of each plate and garnish with the garlic croutons, black olives and remaining parmesan. Top with the chicken paillards.
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