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A spicy chicken paillard is cooled down and topped by a crisp, refreshing salad tempered with blue cheese crumbles.
Rach says, "Chilies are generally sold in 2 ounces pouches in their smallest amount so buy at least 2 varieties and mix it up."
Storage Tip: The homemade harissa will keep several weeks in a small airtight jar in the fridge.
For the harissa, cover peppers with water and bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and soften. Transfer with slotted spoon or spider to food processor and add tomato paste, To warm peppers, add a couple spoonfuls of the leftover liquid. Toast seeds over medium heat till fragrant, a couple of minutes. Grind the spices in a spice mill. Add to chilies along with garlic, salt, paprika, lemon juice and EVOO, then process into a smooth paste.
For the chicken, butterfly the chicken breasts by slicing across horizontally but not all the way through. Gently and evenly pound with a mallet the chicken breasts to ⅛ – ¼ inch thickness. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high to high heat. Lightly coat pan with oil, half a turn, add the chicken in batches, 2 at a time, and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes, then remove to platter. Add butter to pan and melt, add the garlic and harissa to pan and combine, turn each chicken paillard in harissa Buffalo sauce and transfer to plates.
Toss the fennel, onion, celery and romaine salad with juice of 1 lemon, remaining EVOO, a couple of tablespoons, salt and pepper. Top chicken with salad and blue cheese crumbles to serve.