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Chicken Paillards with Clementine Salsa by Fight the Fat Foodie

Posted Dec 27 2009 7:34am
Chicken Paillards with Clementine Salsa Fight the Fat Foodie posted a terrific recipe recently for Chicken Paillards with Clementine Salsa.

Clementines are cheap this time of year, and the idea of a Clementine salsa intrigued me. However, I had one problem. I needed instructions on how to make a paillard.

To the rescue came another terrific blog,  Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. Her simple instructions on how to butterfly a chicken breast had me on my way to a delicious, light and healthy meal that was under 400 calories. Can’t beat that!

Makes 4 servings


4 3-ounce chicken breast halves
1 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 clementines, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
1 cup diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 green chillies, seeded and minced
1/2 cup fresh clementine juice (about 6 clementines)

One at a time, place chicken breast halves in a sealed plastic bag and pound to about 1/4-inch thickness. Rub with salt and pepper.

For the salsa, combine clementines with next 7 ingredients. Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute about three minutes a side. Remove chicken and set aside, covered to keep warm.

In the same skillet, add juice and scrape crispies from the bottom of the skillet. Cook down by half. Plate chicken, top with sauce and then salsa.

What’s good for me in this dish?

Lean chicken breasts are a complete protein, with less saturated fat than beef. Chicken also has cancer protecting B vitamins, including Niacin and B6 for energy.

Oranges top the chart in vitamin C, but they also contain lots of fiber, folate, B1, potassium, vitamin A and calcium. A great source of phytonutrients, oranges give them significant antioxidant properties. Citrus provides protection against esophageal, mouth, larynx, and stomach cancers. It also provides significant protection against cardiovascular disease.

Calories: 296
Total Fat: 12.32g
Cholesterol: 34mg
Sodium: 396mg
Total Carbs: 28.33g
Dietary Fiber: 3.04g
Sugars: 11.29g
Protein: 13.90g

Weight Watchers Points 6

Nutrition details obtained from,,, and I am not a licensed nutritionist, nor a medical professional, and do not mean this information as medical or nutrition advice. See your medical professional if you have questions regarding your nutritional needs.
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