Chicken escalopes with olive butter recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: medium
Prep: 45 min
Cooking: 10 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 247 kCal 12%
Fat 20g 29%
  -  Saturates 9g 45%
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  • Enjoy these griddled chicken escalopes marinated in lemon and tarragon. Served with a rich olive butter, potatoes and fine green beans


    • 4 chicken breasts, skinned
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp fresh chopped tarragon leaves
    • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 2 tbsp juice
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • For the olive butter:
    • 60g (2oz) butter
    • 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon leaves
    • 6 small green olives, stoned and finely diced
    • New potatoes, sliced, and green beans, to serve


    • Remove any sinews and the fillets from the chicken. Put each piece of meat between 2 sheets of cling film. Use a rolling pin to beat the meat into thin escalopes.

    • Mix the oil, tarragon, lemon zest and juice in a large, shallow bowl. Add some black pepper and the chicken, coating pieces well in the marinade. Leave for 30 mins.

    • To make the olive butter: Soften the butter, then add the tarragon and olives. Spoon on to greaseproof paper and make into a rough sausage shape about 5cm (2in) long. Roll up and chill.

    • To serve: Heat a grill pan on medium-high. Add 2 of the escalopes and grill for 2-3 mins on each side, pressing the meat down to enhance the griddle marking. Set aside, in a warm oven. Cook the other 2 escalopes. Cut each escalope into 3 and serve on potatoes with green beans. Place slices of olive butter on top to melt.

    Top tip for making Chicken escalopes with olive butter

    If you don't have a griddle pan, use a solid-based frying pan — you just won't get the striped effect on the flesh

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