Stuffed Chicken Rolls: Score One for the Improvisational Cook

| 12/1/2009 1:21:51 PM

Tags: recipes, chicken, hard apple cider,

CindyMurphyBlog.jpgWelcome to “An Evening at the Improv.” The stage is my kitchen, and our guest tonight is stuffed chicken rolls. I hope it doesn’t get heckled and booed off stage before the performance is over.

The girls aren’t what I’d consider the pickiest of eaters (I’ve heard horror stories of worse, anyway), but they definitely each have their quirks. Shelby’s palate is texture driven; if it feels funny in her mouth she won’t eat it. “Funny feeling” foods include, but are not limited to, things like cottage cheese, apple sauce, Jello, tomatoes, and all fruits with the exception of apples and bananas. Strange, but vegetables top her list as favored foods. Shannon is the opposite; she likes fruits of all sorts, but usually struggles with vegetables except for the Big Three: green beans, carrots, and broccoli. To find something they both like can be a challenge. Keith’s roast beef, spaghetti, and homemade chicken noodle soup, they both like. My meatloaf, baked macaroni and cheese, and baked chicken are favorites, too. But I get tired of having the same things for dinner all the time. This winter, I’ve decided I’m going to cook at least one new dish each week.

No, I’m not going to blog about each recipe in some cheap, poorly written imitation of the “Julie/Julia Project.” I am nowhere as ambitious as Julie Powell when she blogged about her experiences cooking the 524 recipes in one year from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. And with all due respect to the late Ms. Child, I don’t believe I have the gumption to master the art of anything French except possibly those French Toast Sticks that come in the freezer section of the grocery store. I don’t want to go out and hunt down ingredients at specialty shops to cook. And if the recipe doesn’t have “Quick and Easy” in its title, it will by the time I’m finished. I have never in my life – whether by design or accident – followed a recipe exactly as it’s written.

Every once in a while I find a recipe that fits all my criteria as being an exceptionally good one: it’s quick; it’s simple; no special shopping trips required, and the girls will eat it. “Chicken Roll-Ups” was one I randomly pulled from a stack of magazines I’ve been meaning to get to since last summer; Stuffed Chicken Rolls sounds better to me, so that’s what I’m calling them.

Stuffed Chicken Rolls

I should probably list the actual ingredients and measurements the recipe calls for, because a lot of what I used only falls in the ballpark, and I did not measure anything.

¼ cup all purpose flour
¾ cup plain bread crumbs
2 eggs
4 ounces smoked mozzarella, cut into 6 pieces about 2 inches long
6 boneless, skinless, thin-sliced chicken breasts (about 4 ounces each), pounded out to ¼ inch thickness
¾ (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon dried parsley
¾ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
½ cup dry white wine
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

cindy murphy
1/13/2010 10:38:44 AM

Oh! Glad it turned out so well, Vickie, and that everyone liked it. Some of the dishes in my one-new-recipe a week experiment were duds and not worth repeating, but the chicken rolls along with a couple of other things since have made it to the 'good enough to make again' file.

cindy murphy
1/13/2010 10:32:26 AM

Oh! Glad it turned out so well, Vickie, and that everyone liked it. Some of the dishes in my one-new-recipe a week experiment were duds and not worth repeating, but the chicken rolls along with a couple of other things since have made it to the 'good enough to make again' file.

1/13/2010 2:56:45 AM

Cindy, I made this recipe yesterday and it was delicious. I used mozarella cheese sticks rolled up in the middle and then I used grape and apple juice at the end -Oh and no broccoli- it turned out wonderful and everyone was impressed. Thanks for the recipe. Definetly going in my recipe file. vickie

cindy murphy
12/8/2009 6:05:49 PM

Hi, Jan and Dave. Jan, you crack me up too....because I can soooo imagine you cooking the same way, and I can DEFINITELY see your meat mallet residing in the toy box! Dave, I'm basically a casserole cooker too. It is my job after the leftovers have outlived their appeal to turn them into something indistinguishable from their original form. Sometimes what I end up with is actually indistinguishable as being food. (I'm just kidding with that last bit...sort of, anyway.) We got our first snow late for this time year - it fell last Friday, and it's been off and on flurrying since. A big storm is supposed to hit this week. I just got a first snow of the season refresher lesson from Hubs on how to start 'Mighty Mouse' and 'Big Green', (I tend to forget once spring hits). I like 'Mighty Mouse' better because it's easier to operate, but unfortunately, eight inches at a time is about she can handle. Just had to mention that, because like your "Stormy", Keith named our snowblowers. I think it's kind of cute the way men name their machines. (I haven't named the meat mallet yet, but maybe I should.) A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!

jan landry
12/8/2009 1:10:39 PM

Hey Cindy, You crack me up! Love the chicken recipe! Sounds familiar. That's exactly how I cook. And I do have a meat mallet.... I'll have to dig it out of the toy box. Keep writing! Jan

nebraska dave
12/8/2009 8:51:38 AM

Cindy, wow, you keep this up and you no longer will be only known for your master gardener skills, but also your culinary skills as well. I always tell people that when I cook, you can live on it, but sometimes it doesn’t taste so good. Actually my cooking talent lies in soups, casseroles, and outside grill cooking. I’m more of a crockpot kind of person. I don’t mind leftovers for days after the initial preparation. I just made a big pot of chili over the weekend to take to a football game party. It had all the cardiac ingredients in it. You know, things like hamburger and sausage. I’m not a big meat eater but on occasion I just have to break out. I’m not a fancy eatin’ kind of guy but your chicken roll ups sound really good. It almost sounds like a Cordon Bleu kind of thing. We are starting to get our third snow of the season here. We had our first October 10th, yesterday we had 3 inches, and today we have 3 inches with 3 more promised by the weather people. I guess I’ll have to pull out Stormie, my snowblower, and get her started for this wonderful event. Chomper, my grumpy lawnmower, will get to hibernate in the shed until Spring. I think he has a little arthritis in his wheels and that’s what makes him so grumpy. I might have to have some wheel joint replacement before next Spring. Merry Christmas from Nebraska and have wonderful New Year.

cindy murphy
12/5/2009 9:20:13 AM

Hey, Michelle! A Happy belated Thanksgiving to you; I hope it was a good one!

michelle house
12/4/2009 7:59:08 PM

Cindy, that sounds wonderful, quick and easy, and adaptable. Thanks. Michelle

cindy murphy
12/1/2009 7:36:21 PM

Hi, Vickie. That dinner-time rut can be annoying, can't it? Work and school schedules dictate what we have for dinner most times - it's gotta be something quick and easy, or by the time we're done eating and cleaning up, there is no time left for the fun family and friends stuff in the evening. Weekends are more relaxed, of course, and the meals more elaborate, but still....who wants to spend all day cooking when there's so much to do otherwise! Don't get me wrong - I love to cook, and fortunately, so does Keith. And everyone enjoys eating. It's a bonus when we stumble across a dish we all enjoy, (without hearing "eeeew" from Shelby, and "ick" from Shannon).

12/1/2009 6:21:04 PM

Cindy, This recipe sounds delicious-I like the way you improvise with what you have! I too get in a rut and start looking through magazines for new recipes. I don't have a meat mallet though but I'll buy one soon and try you recipe. vickie

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