When I made this recipe, I happened to be in a hurry, and didn't have time to get fresh basil so I used dried basil instead.


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • or 1 thin sliced boneless roaster breast
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil, or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt and ground pepper to taste
  • lemon slices, for garnish


Place chicken between sheets of plastic wrap and pound to 1/2 inch thickness. If using thin sliced boneless Roaster breast, omit placing in plastic wrap and pounding. Brush cutlets lightly with oil, Grill over hot coals 3 to 4 minutes per side, rotating to form crosshatch marks characteristic of paillards, or broil 3 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked through. Place butter, basil, garlic and lemon juice in a small pan and melt on the side of the grill. Spoon butter over paillards and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon slices.

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Submitted 9/4/05.
Source: My Files
Submitted By: Lionel Mandrake