Dill Chicken with Tomato-Dill Relish

Dill Chicken with Tomato-Dill Relish

This recipe came from the September 2009 issue of Gourmet and I made some slight modifications to accommodate my personal tastes. The recipe calls for making a relish; which means mixing some ingredients and serving cold [or room temp]. I preferred to have tomatoes slightly sautéed, so put the relish into a pan and worked it for two minutes to get it warm.

Another variation is I left out the grained mustard, since my wife simply doesn’t like mustard. I would include the mustard to give it just a bit more flavor.

To prepare the chicken you can either use your BBQ or you can use the stove. I used the stove method because I was out of charcoal – of all the things. Nevertheless, the stove method works as well. I have a pan with grill slates on the bottom and I sear on each side for 2 minutes then bake at 500 for 6 minutes. The original recipe called for grilling on the BBQ, however, I will show you the stove method.


  • 4 (6-oz) skinless boneless chicken breasts halves.
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ chopped dill
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes – quartered


  1. Preheat your oven to 500° F.
  2. Pound the chicken to ¼ inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap with a meat pounder (flat side).
  3. Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides
  4. Whisk together the olive oil, dill, shallot, white-wine vinegar and grainy mustard.
  5. Cut your cherry tomatoes into quarters and place in a bowl. Add ¼ cup the relish to the tomatoes.
  6. With the remainder of the relish, spread over the chicken on both sides.
  7. Cook the chicken in a skillet for 2 minutes per side.
  8. Then place the chicken (in the skillet) into the oven and bake for 6 minutes or until just done.
  9. Meanwhile, if you want to heat your relish like I did, place the relish in a pan and sauté for 2 minutes.
  10. When the chicken is done, place each breast onto a plate and garnish with the relish.
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