Love and Spices: Chicken
paupiettes with tahini sauce

A lovely brunch dish for Mother’s Day!

Recipe by Monique Singer

Previously published May 9, 2020

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Chicken paupiettes with tahini sauce

I love tahini in almost any dish.
The inspiration for this recipe came from the delectable tahini sauce.
A paupiette is a thin piece of chicken breast (scaloppini), stuffed.

Preparation time: 35 min | Cooking time: 25 min | Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C | Yields: 4 servings


  • 6 chicken breasts, flattened scaloppini-style
  • 8 oz / 225 g fresh baby spinach
  • 8 oz / 225 g package Cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • 6 shallots
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp grapeseed or avocado oil
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup / 60 ml white wine
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika for garnish

In a small mixing bowl combine the Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper.
Rub the mixture on the chicken breasts and refrigerate.

Sauté the shallots with 1 tablespoon oil until translucent, about 10 minutes.
Add the chopped mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the spinach, wine and cook until liquid has evaporated.
Set aside.

Remove the scaloppini from the refrigerator.
Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle of each breast.
Roll, keeping the seam side down.
In a skillet, sauté with 1 tablespoon oil on high heat, until browned.
Set aside.
Place the rolled scaloppini on a skillet then pour 1 tablespoon of the tahini sauce over each one.
Place the skillet in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, remove.
Garnish each plate with some tahini and pine nuts, 2 paupiettes per serving.
Drizzle tahini sauce and sprinkle with a dash of paprika and serve.


  • 4 tbsp tahini from a jar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 / 60 ml white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

In a small bowl mix the water, wine and the lemon until smooth and creamy.
Add the garlic, keep stirring, add oil and salt.
Adjust water or salt if needed.

Images: Anne Fillion

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