Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Chicken Roll Ups!

I got home after being away for the weekend and my mom had bought some fresh chicken breasts for dinner but she couldn't decide what to do with them. After watching her painfully consult a number of cookbooks I offered up this suggestion. Quick, yummy and they do freeze well. You could use pork or veal in place of the chicken if you wanted. And if you aren't into pounding the meat (I'll leave the obvious jokes out here) then you could just cut them in half through the centre and stuff the ingredients inside instead of rolling them up.

Serves 1 (you can make as many as you want, it was just easier to write the recipe this way) - 4.5 points per serving.

1 chicken breast per person
sprinkle of italian seasoning or Ms. Dash's garlic and herb seasoning
1/4 oz thinly sliced pancetta, proscuitto or ham
1/2 oz of shredded part skim mozzarella cheese ( you could just slice it but I find you get better coverage by shredding it)
5 or 6 asparagus stalks

Heat oven to 350. Heat an oven safe nonstick saute pan (or use a pan to sear this then transfer it to a baking dish just heat the baking dish in the oven while it's preheating) over medium high heat. Spray the pan with non stick spray. Pound out the chicken between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Try to get it the same width so that the chicken will cook quickly and evenly.
Sprinkle the seasoning on top of the breast.
Layer the pancetta, asparagus and cheese. Roll up and close with a toothpick.
Place in the pan and brown on all sides. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

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