Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Primal Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups

There's a recipe going around the paleo/primal boards on pinterest that looks delicious - but until you click on it, there's no indication that it's actually not paleo.  It calls for both breadcrumbs and flour.  And while it does look delicious - the description that is attached to it on pinterest is completely wrong.  I've taken it upon myself to create a recipe based on the description that is running rampant.  

Cheesy Chicken Roll Ups (aka Chicken Kiev wannabe)

- 5 chicken breasts (butterfly cut, if possible)
- 1 small white onion
- 1 tbsp parsley
- 1tbsp garlic
- salt & pepper
- mozzarella (about 85 grams)
- butter

preheat oven to 400

Saute 1 small onion (about 125g) in butter until soft.
Remove from heat, add parsley (fresh, if you have it available - I used dry) and garlic (either 1 clove, minced, or 1 tbsp powder).

If using whole chicken breast, pound with a meat mallet until flat.  If using butterflied chicken breast skip to next step.

Place some butter in your baking dish, and melt in the preheated oven.
In the meantime, sprinkle salt and pepper on your flattened chicken, then spread some of the onion mixture on top.  Place a small rectangle of mozzarella (about 2" by 0.5" sticks) in the centre of the chicken, roll it up and secure with a toothpick.  Repeat for all rolls.

Using the same pan that you used to saute the onion, add a little bit more butter, and brown each roll lightly.  (I prefer to work with one chicken roll at a time, however this is more time consuming - if you're more talented than me, work with more than one at a time).  Continue until the outside of the chicken is brown - the inside will still be pink.  This infuses some of the flavour into the chicken and gives it a nice colour.
(NB: the chicken is still raw at this point - do not consume!!)

Place the browned chicken into your oven-safe dish that already has butter at the bottom.  Cook in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 min or until chicken is no longer pink and heated to 190 degrees.  Do not overcook or chicken will become dry.

Serve with your choice of veggie side-dish (I had snap peas, sauteed in more butter and garlic!)

Leave me a note if you decide to try this - let me know how it turns out for you!

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