Healthy Holiday Recipe Countdown – Day 22

Herbed Chicken Cutlets



  1. 1 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves
  2. 1 cup lightly packed spearmint leaves
  3. 3 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
  4. 1/2-inch slice fresh ginger, chopped
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 2 tsp. roasted sesame oil
  7. 1/2 tsp. grated lime zest
  8. Freshly ground pepper
  9. 2 (8-10 oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  10. 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  11. Directions
  12. On cutting board, pile cilantro, mint, onion and ginger in a heap. Sprinkle on salt. Placing large, heavy knife over herbs and aromatics, place your fingers on front tip of blade and rock blade back and forth over them, gradually working blade around in half circle, stopping occasionally to mound chopped mixture back together. Chop until herbs look wet and are almost a coarse paste, about 4 minutes; there should be about 1/2 cup. Scoop paste into small bowl. Mix in sesame oil, lime zest and 5 grinds pepper. Set seasoning paste aside.

Cut each chicken breast crosswise, making 4 (4-5 ounce) pieces. Place one chicken piece on work surface. Place open hand gently on top of chicken. With other hand, hold knife with thin, sharp blade horizontally and use it to slit breast along one long side, taking care to cut only three-quarters of way through. Open breast like a book, set it on large piece of plastic wrap and cover with second piece of wrap. Using flat side of mallet, pound breast, working from center out, until it is evenly 1/4-inch thick; breast will about double in size. Repeat with remaining breast pieces.

  1. Remove plastic from one side of breast and spread 1 tablespoon paste over it. Recover with plastic wrap, and using mallet, using toothy side if possible, pound breast 15 or 20 times. Flip breast over and repeat to season second side. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  2. In heavy, medium skillet over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil until it shimmers. Add a chicken breast and cook for 2 minutes. Turn and cook until it feels firm when pressed with finger at thickest part, about 2 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate and cover loosely with foil. Add 2 teaspoons of remaining oil to pan and cook second chicken breast for 3 to 4 minutes, turning breast after 2 minutes. Repeat using remaining oil and chicken breasts.

Serve chicken cutlets with favorite vegetable stir-fry and brown rice.

Makes 4 Servings.

Per serving: 264 calories, 14 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 3 g carbohydrate, 30 g protein, 2 g dietary fiber, 386 mg sodium.