A near-disaster, averted

Cooks can be divided into two categories when it comes to stuffing chicken: those who cut a pocket in the side, and those who pound out thin and roll. Tonight I learned that it’s best to stick to your own kind. You see, I am a pocket cutter, but I decided to try rolling tonight. What a disaster! My pounding seemed to totally destroy the chicken , making it all funny-shaped, shredded, and un-even. And I didn’t even think I was pounding that hard. I tried my hardest to roll it up with sliced mozzarella and fresh chopped basil, but it just wasn’t happening! Not even toothpicks all over seemed to hold it together. At this point, everything else was prepped and ready to go but I had no other chicken thawed out and I couldn’t think of any way to salvage this pounded out disaster of a chicken breast. So what to do? Call Benny! He hadn’t arrived home yet, so I asked him to stop and get some chicken, preferably the kind that is already pounded out thin. Wow, this stuff was great! Suddenly all was right again in my world of stuffed chicken.

With the newly stuffed chicken ready to go, I was all set. I browned it on both sides in a skillet, then topped with a quick homemade balsamic-tomato sauce and popped it in the oven to finish. Meanwhile I made some quick polenta with wild mushrooms and pecorino romano cheese. During the last few minutes of the chicken cooking, I surrounded it with fresh baby spinach and put it back in to wilt. What started out with some frustration ended up being a delicious meal – and I even got that pretty rolled look I was going for.
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4 Responses to “A near-disaster, averted”

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    elizabethscooking — July 23, 2007 @ 5:55 pm Reply

    Yum – those look fantastic! I’m going to have to steal your recipe. :)

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    Kayte — July 25, 2007 @ 12:13 pm Reply

    this looks amazing cara! i’m glad you were able to avert a disaster!

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    Kayte — April 5, 2011 @ 1:12 am Reply

    this looks amazing cara! i'm glad you were able to avert a disaster!

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    elizabethscooking — April 5, 2011 @ 1:12 am Reply

    Yum – those look fantastic! I'm going to have to steal your recipe. :)

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