Fresh Basil and Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Rollatini

I love fresh herbs, I tried growing them myself last summer.. and well I love buying fresh herbs. I don’t exactly have a green thumb. In an effort to shake up the same five meals I find myself making all the time, I got creative. I remembered a pin for spinach and feta stuffed rollatini, and that sounded way good. At least the stuffed part. Feta isn’t my favorite when it comes to soft cheese, but that’s the beauty of rollatini you can pick whatever you want! So I opted for Fresh Basil and Roasted Red Peppers.

In order for the chicken to roll, it has to be very thin. I don’t have a meat tenderizer, so I listened to Tim Gunn and “made it work”.

 I put my chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap. I then proceeded to Tim the Toolman Tenderize it. ( about 1/4″)

Then comes the fun part. Stuffing. I started by spreading about 2T of Chive and Onion Cream Cheese. With a chef knife, I minced my fresh basil and put it on top of the cream cheese. I cut my roasted red peppers into strips. (you can find them by the pickles.) I topped that pile of love with shredded mozzarella. This is when you roll it.

Roll it up like a jelly roll. I secured the ends with tooth picks before dipping it in egg (slightly beaten) and bread crumbs.

Bake at 350° for 40-50mins

I saved half for lunch the next day, turns out it makes an awesome wrap.

So good, I sat on the counter and ate the whole thing.

Baking is completely calculated. I’ve converted a lot of my favorite recipes down to the gram, cooking on the other hand is anything goes. Which makes it it’s own kind of fun. So with something like this, the measurements are more of like ‘guidelines”.

For 1 Chicken Breast

2T Chive and Onion Cream Cheese
4 Fresh Basil Leaves
1 Roasted Red Pepper
A Good Sprinkle Mozzarella

Mom if you’re reading this I actually used a good sprinkle, similar to scosh and a bit. (You’re a really good cook when you can eyeball it. She can. )

1 egg, slightly beaten
Bread Crumbs.

I use the term bread crumbs lightly. I actually couldn’t find bread crumbs at the grocery store. I’m sure they have them, but I was too proud  didn’t want to   ask someone for help. Mostly I was tired and figured I’d look like a dingbat asking where the bread crumbs were in my Chef Whites. So I was logical and bought a bag of croutons. Smashed them with a rolling pin and hey! We have bread crumbs. So just in case you  and siri can’t find them, croutons work.

If you’re cooking for more than one person, I’d add a few minutes to your cook time.

Next up: Mini Key Lime Tarts