Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Difficulty: Much easier than it looks
Recommended Sides: Garlic bread, rice, green beans, a sacrificial lamb.
2 chicken breasts
2/3 cup bread crumbs (or crushed croutons)
1/2 red pepper
1/2 red onion
1/2 cup corn
1 small sweet pepper
4 cloves garlic
Some tomato sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt & Pepper
Step 1: Veggie Delight
Chop up the veggies and stick them in a sauce pan on medium. Add Italian seasoning and a little tomato sauce for consistency. You can cook this for about 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste, then set aside.
Step 2: Crumb Fun
We went kind of bread crumb crazy a few weeks ago and completely killed our reserves. So this week we just crushed up a bunch of croutons in a mortar and pestle and used that. It turned out pretty darn good.
Step 3: Beat the Chicken
That’s right folks, butterfly the chicken and beat it with a stick until flat. This is the fun part. Get all that aggression out you’ve stored since Monday and focus your energy into destroying this bird. Don’t go too crazy though, or you’ll end up making holes in it (and growing ulcers). This makes the rolling process much easier though, and you get that nice, clean spiral look. Toss on the veggies and breadcrumbs, then roll the chicken into a loaf.
Step 4: Cook and Be Merry
Place the rolls on a bed of bread crumbs on a pan. Top with any extra fillings you had, and add more bread crumbs on top. Cook for about 20 minutes at 350 (or until the chicken is fully white) and take it out of the oven.
To be honest, this is the most ‘mom’ thing we’ve cooked so far. Eating it made me feel like I was back at home, fresh out of football practice, sitting down for a casual weekday meal. Kinda like that Ratatouille scene with Antione Ego, but with less Dickensian surroundings. It’s a simple, easy recipe that adds a little variety to your chicken dinner. Enjoy!