Chicken need not be boring
By ThinGuy on Sep 24, 2007
One of the things that I eat a lot of is chicken breasts. The problem is they get boring. Fast.
One of the things you can do with chicken breast is to make them into a roulade. While a roulade can really be anything that you wrap around a filling of some sort (Hostess Ho Hos could be considered a roulade) typically they are some form of meat, usually poultry, wrapped around some tasty ingredients. These can be very healthy, unhealthy, or somewhere in between. If you are low carbing it, the following is right on target for you. If you are watching the fat, skip the bacon or use a turkey bacon instead.
- 8 Chicken Breasts
- 3 Large tomatoes (or 6-8 Roma Tomatos) - Seeded and diced
- 1/3 cup of diced shallots
- 1 pound of bacon (cooked on the crispy side)
- 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
- Handful of fresh basil leaves (chopped)
- Garlic Salt
Preheat oven to 425 F
Cook the bacon so that it on the crispy side. Drain on paper towels
Sauté the shallots in the bacon fat until soft - remove and set aside (Don't clean the pan yet!)
Chop or crumble up all the bacon
In mixing bowl, toss the diced tomatoes, basil, shallots, bacon, and Parmesan cheese. Add in some garlic salt and set aside.
Place chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound thin with the smooth side of a meat pounder. The thinner the better IMHO. If you want them really thin, horizontally slice the chicken breast first. Repeat for the rest of the breasts.
Lay the chicken breast bone side up and place a few tablespoons of filling in the center. Rolled up the chicken breast and hold closed with toothpicks. Repeat. There will be a considerable amount of "filling" left over. We'll use that later.
Season the roulades with salt (or garlic salt)
Brown each side of the roulades in bacon fat (Yikes! You can omit this step and just let them cook in the oven)
Place on cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Remove toothpicks and plate the roulades topping with the remaining filling.
Serve with a side of your favorite tomato or Alfredo sauce.
Total prep/cook time: About 1:15