Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Chicken Florentine Rollatini

Using what I had on hand at home last night, this was the concoction I came up with. It's a little messy to make, but then again, dealing with stuffed/rolled raw chicken always is. Packed with flavor, it was a nice change from the same old chicken breasts!
Chicken Florentine Rollatini
Makes 4 servings
For the filling:
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
1/2 medium onion, chopped
3 large cloves of minced garlic
1/3 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped (you could sub artichoke hearts)
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
2 tb oil, divided
salt and pepper to taste
For the chicken:
1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts
1 tb dried basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano

Heat 1 tb oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 3 minutes. Add minced garlic and saute 1 minute more. Add spinach and sundried tomato and stir to combine. Remove to a medium bowl and stir in ricotta cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.
Cut a long piece of plastic wrap. Place 1 chicken breast on one side and fold the other side over. Press edges to seal.
Pound chicken breast to 1/2 inch thickness. Repeat with remaining breasts. Spoon equal amounts of filling about an inch from one edge of each breast. Roll each breast like a burrito and secure shut with toothpicks.

Preheat oven to 350. Toss dried herbs and salt together on a small plate. Coat chicken breasts evenly with herb mixture. Heat 1 tb oil in large skillet over medium heat. Gently add chicken to pan and sear for 2 minutes on each side. Remove to baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to sit 5 minutes and remove toothpicks before slicing.

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Elra said...

Jeni, this look absolutely mouth watering. Not just healthier meal (using chicken breast) but it is also good looking. It is also perfect for entertaining.

melissa said...

Love this. That shot of the spinach and company in the pan just made my afternoon.

Heather said...

mmmm. i make something like this a lot, except i top it with pasta sauce. it's so good! and those green beans look delicious!!!

Jeni said...

You know, it's funny, I thought about putting some pasta sauce on it while baking (just a little) but I didn't have any thawed. I think that would be excellent!

teg said...

YUM! I'm hungry now...

Anonymous said...

These are so pretty. Anyone who gets this on a plate feels special because they really think you slaved!

Nina Timm said...

This is beautiful and the chicken looks juice and tender.

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