Monday, June 21, 2010

Thursday: Caprese-style Chicken rolls with Fresh Salad

I love the blend of fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato all rolled up in a pinwheel. Taking a bite, made me feel like I was sitting at a red and white checkered table in an Italian Cafe with grape vines hanging over lattices and violin music playing at the town square nearby.  Serve with an Italian style salad, and you've got yourself a healthy meal. Delizioso! 

Chicken Rolls Recipe
Serves: 4 Prep: 15 minutes Grill: 15 minutes
4 chicken cutlets (1 1/2 lbs) (my grocery store were out of cutlets, so I just bought chicken breasts and then pounded them with a meat mallet) 
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tomatoes, cored and sliced (I just used a handful of cherry tomatoes cut up) 
1 TB olive oil 

1. Preheat your BBQ to medium. Arrange cutlets on a single layer on a cutting board. Season cutlets with salt and pepper. Divide basil among the 4 cutlets in a layer, then add mozzarella, and then tomatoes.
 2. Roll up chicken and poke a toothpick in each one to secure. Brush rolls with 1 TB olive oil. Season outside with salt and pepper.
3. Add chicken rolls to grill, cover and grill, turning occasionally. Cook until golden-brown and cooked all the way through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a clean cutting board. Let stand for 5 minutes, take toothpicks out. Slice cross wise and serve with a yummy salad. 


Plan and Prep Ahead 

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner. 

~Shred cheese and cut up tomatoes ahead of time. Keep refrigerated. 
~If you are using chicken breasts, flatten them with a meat mallet ahead of time. 


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP? 

~Replace regular tomatoes with sun-dried ones.   
~Instead of mozzarella cheese use monterrey jack, use cilantro instead of basil and add a couple shakes of chili powder for more of a Mexican flavor. 
~Use spinach instead of basil


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