Tender and Juicy Grilled Breaded Chicken Breast
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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Serves: 4 servings
 
This recipe has one simple secret that makes juicy and tender grilled boneless chicken breast.
Ingredients
Breaded Chicken
  • 1 lb thin sliced boneless chicken breast
  • 1½ cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
Tomato Salad
  • 4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Directions
  1. Begin heating the grill. For a gas grill, heat it for 15 minutes with all burners on high.
  2. Lay out the chicken breast pieces on a cutting board and pound each of them to ¼ - ½ inch thickness. They don't have to be perfectly even in thickness, but make sure they aren't any thicker than ½ inch.
  3. Get out two shallow bowls and a tray for holding the raw, breaded chicken. Put the breadcrumbs and salt into one bowl and put the olive oil into the other bowl. Dip a chicken breast cutlet into the olive oil to coat it all over. Lift it out and let much of oil drip off until you have a fairly thin coat. Move the chicken to the bread crumbs and press them in so they adhere well, then lay the chicken on the tray.
  4. Once all the chicken has been breaded, make the tomato salad. Put the tomatoes and scallions in a medium bowl. Whisk together the garlic, salt, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Toss the tomatoes with the dressing.
  5. Grill the chicken on high (gas grill) with the lid open, 2 minutes on each side. Serve the chicken with the tomato salad.
Notes
Remember that much of the olive oil when coating the chicken for the breading drips back off before you put the chicken in the bread crumbs. You won't need ⅓ cup, but having significantly more than you need helps to coat the chicken evenly.

And save the extra virgin for the salad. A nice, basic pure olive oil is great for the breading.

For extra thin chicken - where they are at most ¼ inch thick - grill them for 1-1½ minutes only on the second side.
Recipe by Just a Little Bit of Bacon at http://www.justalittlebitofbacon.com/tender-and-juicy-grilled-breaded-chicken-breast/