Everyday Chicken

Today I’ve decided to share my secret ingredient to quick and healthy meals. It’s this everyday chicken that I always have on stock, or can prepare in just under 15 minutes to add to any meal I am having – a salad, a soup, a rice bowl…

It is inspired by Pina and Lucia, two beautiful ladies I worked for in Milan who owned a charming little pastry shop on via Madonnina called Di Viole di Liquirizia. There, we simply threw some chicken breasts straight from the package into a smoking hot stainless steel pan. What came out of it was this amazing pan-fried chicken that tasted like it was fresh off the grill! We topped their signature Caesar Salad with it, which sold out each day. This technique cannot be used at home as it would surely set off the fire alarm, so I’ve adapted it for home cooking.

First you will need a pound of chicken tenders or boneless, skinless chicken breasts (preferably free-range) sliced thin into cutlets. Rub them with a tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon paprika.

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Next, heat a heavy non-stick pan over medium heat and cook chicken for 3 minutes on each side.

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Cool completely and transfer into an airtight container as is, or cut up into chunks. Stored properly in the fridge, this will be good for 5 days.

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Tonight I was short on time and just had this for dinner with some brown rice, cilantro, and a delicious Singaporean Chili Sauce, home-made by my friend Jackie in Florida.

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Enjoy!