Sunday, June 10, 2012

Chicken Roulades

Because I am mostly feeding only myself I find that sometimes I forget to eat properly. There is nobody else to please so I will just have whatever I feel like and assume that it is enough. However, sometimes I get carried away with baking and eat too many sweet things, which leaves me not at all hungry for real food. Other times I eat a largely vegetarian diet, which can be very filling, but vegetables are often quite low on calories. When I find that I no longer have the energy to go for a proper run I look back on what I have been eating and realise that it has not been enough, so for at least a week or so I try really hard to have a more balanced diet. That is where this recipe comes in. I decided that I probably need more protein and there was chicken on special at the supermarket. Stuffed chicken breasts are always really yummy (even more so when you call them something fancy like roulades), but I often leave them for a treat because they just seem to be more time consuming (they aren't really). I saw this recipe on a blog and now that I have realised that asparagus is not a gross, scary vegetable but actually quite nice I definitely had to try this. The original recipe was for chicken roulades with asparagus, brie and honey but I did not have brie and don't eat a lot of cheese anyway. My version with cream cheese was still very good and I even went to the trouble of flattening the chicken breasts for once, so that it would roll more easily. I had forgotten how good honey and mustard were together - I added it to my mashed sweet potato too and it was so yummy! I really recommend trying this out the next time you want to impress somebody (or just treat yourself like I did).


Asparagus Chicken Roulades

4 chicken breasts
2 bunches asparagus
Cream Cheese
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Honey
Parmesan
Wholegrain mustard
Salt and Pepper

Heat the oven to 180 degrees.

Pound each chicken breast flat by placing it between two layers of clingfilm and bashing it with a rolling pin. It doesn't have to be too flat, just flat enough that it can roll around some asparagus.


Take each piece of chicken and spread with cream cheese and crushed garlic. If your asparagus is small then use it as is, but if it is very chunky you might want to slice it up a little, like I have done with mine. Then lay a few pieces of asparagus on each chicken breast. Drizzle about a teaspoon of honey over each and then grate some parmesan over top.

Roll each piece of chicken up and use toothpicks or skewers to hold them in place. Sprinkle over some salt and pepper to season them.


Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil a heavy-bottomed frying pan. Brown the chicken on all sides, then place them in a casserole dish. In a small bowl whisk together about 4 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of wholegrain mustard and pour this over the chicken, leaving a little aside to add to the chicken as you serve it.


Bake for about 30 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. I served mine with mashed sweet potato and carrot, plus the rest of the asparagus, sliced up and sauteed slowly with onion, so that the onion was sort of caramelised. It was so good that I ate way too much and could barely move for the rest of the evening. I will definitely be making these again!



8 comments:

  1. Yummmm! This looks quite delicious! I love both chicken and asparagus, so this dish is a win/win situation for me. I'm not usually a fan of sweet potatoes, but your version with the carrots looks so good, I may have to revisit them. Did you boil them or roast them?

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    1. You should definitely revisit sweet potato, it can be so good! To mash them just boil or steam them, with normal potato or carrot if you want, and I mashed mine up with butter, honey and wholegrain mustard. Cinnamon is good too.

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  2. Such an elegant looking meal for not too much work. I would love if you would share this recipe on my foodie friday party today.

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  3. I'm pinning this so I don't forget! I think my family will LOVE it! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  4. That looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures Week 38. I hope to see you again very soon. <3 and hugs! http://www.recipesformyboys.com/2012/06/thursdays-treasures-week-38.html I tried to follow you via GC but could not connect. I'll try again later. ;D

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  5. This is a very nice chicken dish. Would you be happy to link it in to my Chicken Edition of Food on Friday? This is the link . I found you via Melt in Your Mouth Monday.

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    1. Great that you linked in, thanks.

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