Easy Chicken Paillard with Shallots and Capers

Easy Chicken Paillard

Chicken Paillard with Wine and Capers sounds like everything that it’s not: fussy in a Julia Child sort of way, terribly fattening as so many French dishes are, and far better suited to a grown up’s palate than a child’s. In fact, it’s neither fussy nor fattening. Once you get the chicken pounded, which you can bang out in five minutes, the rest goes quickly. Ineed, this Easy Chicken Paillard practically qualifies as a 15 Minute Fix – a recipe that can be done, start to finish, in a quarter of an hour.

A Lighter Chicken Paillard

Recipes like this one typically load on the butter. Here, I use avocado oil to brown the chicken, which cuts down the amount of saturated fat, and rely on butter solely to flavor the sauce. If you read my piece recently on Five Favorite Fats, you’d know that butter is one of them, but that a little does go a long way. Butter and all, this chicken comes in at under 250 calories a serving.

Family-Friendly Recipe

As for the kid friendly factor, mine gobble this down with as much enthusiasm as when I set a plate of Chicken Parmesan in front of them. The chicken is tender, the capers lend a saltiness and tang that balances gorgeously with the butter. The amount of alcohol in the dish per serving is quite small, and much of it burns off as it cooks. You can also simply leave any sauce off your child’s plate if you’re concerned.

Pair this with loads of vegetables and salad on the side, not hard to come by this time of year, and you are all set for family supper.

Bon appetit, mon’amie.

If you like this Easy Chicken Paillard, you might like:

Pounded Grilled Chicken with Tomato, Avocado and Olives

Afghan Chicken in Creamy Yogurt Sauce

Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella

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Easy Chicken Paillard
5 from 3 votes

Easy Chicken Paillard

A chicken paillard that’s easy enough for a weeknight supper, but is suitable for when company is coming, too. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Katie Morford


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 large half breasts)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoo Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped (1/3 to 1/2 cup)
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons capers in brine, drained


  1. Cut the chicken breasts horizontally in half to make 4 thinner pieces. Put one piece between two sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and use a heavy mallet to pound the breasts into 1/4 to 1/3-inch-thick pieces . Alternatively, you can pound the chicken with the side of a wooden rolling pin.

  2. Season the chicken on both sizes with the salt and a light shower of black pepper. Spread the flour onto a dinner plate.

  3. Set a skillet large enough to hold all of the chicken in one layer over high heat. While that heats up, dredge the chicken in flour, lightly coating each side and gently shaking off excess flour. Pour the oil into the pan ad swirl so evenly coats the pan.

  4. Once the oil is hot, lay the chicken in the pan and cook it on one side until golden brown and the chicken looks cooked around the edges, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Turn over and brown the second size for another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes until the chicken is just cooked through. Transfer to a serving plate and reserve in a warm spot in the kitchen, say near the stove.

  5. Into that same skillet, over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the shallot and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook for another minute or so. Don't let it boil too rapidly or all of the liquid will evaporate. Add the capers and remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter, stir and remove from heat.

  6. Immediately pour sauce over the chicken and serve.


06.21.2012 at11:23 AM #

Anne Mullen

I’m always looking for a new way to fix chicken breasts, which we seem to have frequently, and this sounds really delicious. Thanks!

06.21.2012 at11:23 AM #

Katie Morford

It’s a good one for company, too.

03.01.2013 at10:12 PM #

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01.07.2014 at8:58 AM #


While the recipe provides a great detail on how thin the cutlet should be (no other recipe
did that), I find it unnecessary to dredge chicken in Flour.

05.20.2015 at8:44 AM #

Liz - Meal Makeover Mom

Wow. That looks so good. Simple, fresh and flavorful. What a great (fast) dinner idea!

09.28.2019 at7:10 AM #


I have a very similar recipe from a friend who uses whole chicken breasts, no flour and onion instead of shallots. I have always loved it and often will add a few other things at times like mushrooms or artichoke hearts & a squeeze of lemon before serving but now am anxious to try your version which sounds every bit as fancy looking with the new twist of pounding the meat. Seriously, the butter, wine & capers MAKE this dish!

09.28.2019 at7:10 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Pam. I love your idea of adding artichoke hearts too.

10.12.2019 at4:43 PM #

Bliss Tobin

Hi Katie!
This looks so delicious and easy! I’m going to make it tonight. I hope all of your grown-up girls are well.


10.12.2019 at4:43 PM #

Katie Morford

Nice to hear from you Bliss! Bon appetit!

04.03.2024 at3:11 AM #


I’ve made this countless times, and our family of 3 adults loves it. Low cost ingredients, low effort, and great finished product.

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