Friday, January 9, 2009

Prosciutto, Fontina, Spinach and Chicken Roll-ups

I came up with the yummy dinner the other day and had to share it. It is delicious and will leave whoever is at your dinner table, begging for more. The key is to make sure that you let the chicken cook all the way through. These chicken roll-ups reminded some people of Chicken Cordon Bleu, but they are healthier, I assure you. I had fontina cheese in the fridge and thought the spinach added a nice bit of color. I spiced up some Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs for the coating by adding garlic powder and fresh minced rosemary. The outside of the rolls are lightly browned and then chicken stock is added to the pan, to help keep the chicken moist and to keep the bottoms from burning. These chicken roll-ups look fancy, but will be ready in a jiffy. Just remember to take out the toothpicks before you eat them!

Prosciutto, Fontina, Spinach, and Chicken Roll-ups by Mary Ann
1 1/2 oz prosciutto, cut into 10 pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 tsp garlic powder
10 small slices fontina cheese
15-20 fresh spinach leaves
10 chicken breast halves, pounded thin
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup All Whites ( liquid egg whites)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chicken stock
1. Place flour in a shallow dish. Combine bread crumbs, minced rosemary, and garlic powder, in another shallow dish. Pour egg whites into a third shallow dish.
2. Lay a thin chicken breast half on a cutting board and at the top of the breast, layer a small piece of prosciutto. Cover the proscuitto with fontina cheese and lay a 1-2 spinach leaves on top of the cheese. Very carefully, roll the chicken up, as tightly as you can and secure it with a toothpick.
3. Dip the chicken roll in the flour, then the egg white and finally the bread crumbs, rolling it around, to make sure that it is completely covered. Place the completed roll on a plate and repeat process with remaining chicken breast halves and other ingredients.
4. When all your chicken pieces are rolled, heat 1 Tbls olive oil in an electric skillet, heated to medium-high heat. Place 5 of the rolls in the oil and let brown, turning quickly, so all sides are evenly brown. When all sides, top and bottom are brown, add 1 cup of chicken stock to the pan and cover.
5. Let cook, until chicken is cooked through, adding more chicken stock, if necessary, 10-15 minutes. To check for doneness, cut one of the rolls in half to make sure the thicker part of the chicken rolls are cooked through.
6. Remove chicken rolls from the dish and serve.

Coming Tomorrow- Jicama and Orange Salad


Marie said...

Those look really good Maryann! I feel like I could just pick up my fork and dig in. If they taste only half as good as they look they'd still be delicious!!

Laura P. said...

these look delicious! Sounds similar to chicken favorite! : )

Maria said...

Everything looks so pretty inside. Josh will love this one!

Steph said...

Those look so delicious! I love roll ups because you get everything in one bite!

Gigi said...

i love how great this dish looks! i can't wait to give this try.

Carrian said...

These look delicious!!

Pamela said...

These look SO GOOD! My husband is always asking for Chicken Cordon Bleu, but these look like a healthier and fabulous option! Thanks for the great idea!

Cathy said...

These look wonderful, Mary Ann! I can't resist the flavors in chicken cordon bleu, and I love that this is a much healthier way to get those flavors!

Sophie said...

Awesome recipe, Maryann. I'm making these very soon! I can't wait, thanks for sharing :D.

Anonymous said...

Came across these and can't wait to make them! Everything you make looks delicious! I enjoy cooking but just started making more complicated things recently...with some success :) My grocery store only had Swedish Fontina cheese-is this the right kind? I don't know much about cheese so pardon my stupidty-I just want to make sure I don't screw it up too bad! Thanks for the great recipe ideas!