Chicken escalopes with olive butter

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Chicken olive butter
Chicken olive butter
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

Woman's Weekly recipe 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

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 247(kcal)
  • Fat 20.0g
  • Saturates 9.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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