Everyone has *those* recipes. You know the ones I’m talking about. The standard basic ones in the back of your head that you could whip up quickly without much forethought.
Granted, I don’t have very many. I’m not a cook. I bake.
I get nervous cooking for other people. Meals specifically. Like items that are supposed to supplement you throughout the day. I worry that I might eff it up somehow and then that person is short a whole meal.
However, in the back of my head I do have those very few recipes that I know I can pull off. These Spinach and Cheese Chicken Roll Ups are a recipe from my step-mom (Thanks Sandy!) who I think adapted it from a Rachel Ray recipe?? Maybe… I’m not 100% sure. Either way its freaking delicious.
They are SUPER SIMPLE to make and even better don’t take that many ingredients so easy on the wallet too. Plus if you’re making them for 1-2 people there’s generally leftovers and I love me some leftovers.
Gosh I’m a lazy cook.
PS: This recipe is for Pat, who politely asked me for the recipe today while at work and I was too lazy to text the whole damn thing to him so I told him I’d blog it instead. So there.
SPINACH & CHEESE CHICKEN ROLL UPS
2-4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (estimate half a large breast per person)
2 Handfuls of Baby Spinach (I usually just buy a bag/ container and use it for smoothies too)
8oz Package of Goat Cheese (or 16oz if you love cheese… or have more than 2-3 chicken breasts)
6 Slices of Baked Ham (no flavoring, you can get this at the deli counter, and yes– you CAN just as for 6 slices… who would have known?)
1/3 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
STEP 1: Using a meat hammer (or something equally heavy) pound your chicken breasts flat. They need to be about 1/3-1/2 inch thick. Set aside. Turn on your stove and place a large skillet with 2-4 TBSP olive oil to warm to med-high heat. Turn oven on to 350° F.
STEP 2: On a cutting board chop 2/3 handfuls of baby spinach into small pieces. About 1/4 size works good. Doesn’t have to be perfect. Then mix chopped baby spinach in a medium sized bowl with the 8-16oz of goat cheese. You want this mixed really well.
STEP 3: On a plate layer a flattened chicken breast with 1 slice of your ham and multiple spoonfuls of the spinach and cheese mixture. You want it to be well covered with the mixture but still roll-able.
STEP 4: Starting on one end slowly roll your chicken and use a toothpick or two to secure. They will be large. The put your 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs on a plate or bowl and cover your chicken roll completely.
STEP 5: In your med-high warm skillet brown the outside of your rollups. Place in a baking dish and put in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until cooked throughly.
Before serving remove the toothpicks. Trust me— I accidentally chomped down on one. That shit hurts.
Generally I serve these with green beans and potatoes, but they are almost a meal alone. Maybe a great salad?
This is the PERFECT MEAL to make for Valentine’s Day for your *person*.
PS: Does anyone else feel that way about cooking for people? It’s like a phobia I swear…