Friday, December 11, 2009

Did you say cheese and chicken!?

I made one of my old favorites for my hubby the other night. My mom's cheesy chicken roll ups. They are quick and easy, and oh so delicious!

My husband isn't a fan of mushrooms so I left them out of the filling until after I filled his chicken. He suggested I swap out mushrooms for crumbled bacon, perhaps next time around we will give it a try.

Hope you are all staying toasty warm in your homes this cold time of year. This recipe uses the oven and, bonus! The aroma is simply splendid. If there are any leftovers, they are even better the next day as the flavors blend and mingle overnight.

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friend. Cheers!

Cheesy Chicken Roll Ups
Serves 4

16 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast (aprox 2 large breast pieces)*
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3 oz cooked, chopped mushrooms or drained mushroom pieces
1 TBS pimentos
1 TBS fresh or 1 tsp dried chives
2 TBS dried bread crumbs**
olive oil or melted butter
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350.

Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.

Cut chicken into 4 thin breasts by butterfling the breast lengthwise then fully seperating the halves.

Place one chicken breast between two pieces of plastic. Pound to an even 1/8 inch thickness using a meat mallet or a sturdy skillet. Repeat with remaining three breasts. Season with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl combine all remaining ingredients except bread crumbs and olive oil.

Spread 1/4 of the mixture on each chicken breast, leaving a small edge all around. Roll up chicken and secure with toothpicks. Place seam side down on the prepared baking sheet.

Spritz each roll up with olive oil or brush lightly with melted butter. Sprinkle with 1/2 TBS bread crumbs.

Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool for 3-5 minutes before pulling out the toothpicks.

* You can use four, flash frozen individual breasts instead. They are usually about 4 ounces. You can then omit the butterfly and seperate step, continue directly to pounding meat thin.
** Bread crumb topping is optional. If making gf, omit crumbs or use gf bread crumbs.

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