Filed Under: Healthy | Pasta | Salad | Spring

Chicken Milanese with Spring Greens & Orzo

Recipe By Tessa Arias
May 22nd, 2010

Chicken Milanese with spring greens and brown butter orzo is the perfect special dish for when you want to impress your friends without too much time.

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Every element of this menu was very flavorful, no boring chicken, salad, or pasta here.
Texture: Along with the taste this menu’s textures were very lovely and complimentary; crisp yet moist chicken, al dente orzo, and tender just coated greens.
Ease: Although there are quite a few steps and dishes dirtied, nothing is too difficult or daunting.
Appearance: The plates look full and delicious, yet light enough for spring/summer and healthy.
Pros: Tasty and healthy. Also, this recipes serves 2 which is nice since usually it is just me and my boyfriend eating.
Cons: Like I said before there are quite a few steps and dishes involved which never leaves your kitchen looking very pretty.
Would I make this again? Most likely ๐Ÿ™‚

Two days from now I’ll be hopping on a plane with my boyfriend, leaving the 101 degrees F that defines Phoenix for the brisk and often overcast San Francisco. I. can’t. wait. This recipe for Chicken Milanese makes me think I might miss cooking while I’m gone away from home for 5 days but I’m sure San Francisco’s wondrous culinary attractions will appease me ;). If anyone has any recommendations on where to go or what to eat, please let me know!

I come back Thursday, the day after my giveaway closes, so make sure you enter before then! Hopefully I’ll be posting pictures of my trip on twitter so if you’d like to see what I end up doing, follow me.

Have a good weekend and make this recipe!).

How to make
Chicken Milanese with Spring Greens & Orzo

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Chicken Milanese with spring greens and brown butter orzo is the perfect special dish for when you want to impress your friends without too much time.


  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced shallots
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Dash of sugar
  • 2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups packed spring mix salad greens
  • 2 lemon wedges


  1. 1. Combine juice, vinegar, shallots, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and sugar; let stand 15 minutes.
  2. 2. Place chicken between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet.
  3. 3. Combine breadcrumbs and cheese in a shallow dish. Place flour in a shallow dish. Place egg white in a shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Dredge chicken in flour; dip in egg white. Dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place chicken on a wire rack; let stand 5 minutes.
  4. 4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes. Turn chicken over; cook 2 minutes or until browned and done.
  5. 5. Add 2 teaspoons oil and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to shallot mixture; stir with a whisk. Add greens; toss gently. Place 1 chicken breast half and 1 cup salad on each of 2 plates. Serve with lemon wedges.

Recipe Notes

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Maria — May 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Have fun on your trip! I love San Fran! Great meal here!

  2. #
    Amanda — May 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    This looks really marvelous, I've bookmarked it to try later!

  3. #
    dining room set — June 2, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I will never get tried of chicken if everyday a dish something like this will be served.

  4. #
    Out4[it]All — June 7, 2010 at 1:49 am

    My s.o. b-day is coming up. I offered to cook him dinner. So I sent him this link and he was immediately interested. As a practice run, I made it today for my family, and everything turned out great. Very delicious ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Judimae — August 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I just came across this post via Delicious. I am bookmarking it as well as your blog. I will be back to explore more later tonight. The chicken recipe is one that I'm sure to try — thanks for sharing it with us.


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