Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Chicken Parmesan Rollups

One of my roommates has been making this recipe for about a year now, but I just recently got around to trying it. It really is a great recipe. It's a little bit time consuming, but it is very good tasting, hands off for a large part of the time, would become really easy with some practice of dipping the rolls in the eggs/crumbs and, my favorite part, got the boy to eat spinach!! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the boy ate TWO or THREE servings of vegetables in this meal. He at spinach, he ate a side of broccoli AND he had the tomato sauce. Behold, the power of cheese.
Because of the chicken, the cheese and the spinach in this meal, I'm submitting it to Eat Healthy: Protein Rich. It has about 22 g of protein per serving.

Chicken Parmesan Bundles
Adapted from Kraft
6 Servings

4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) Cream Cheese, softened

1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained (would use less unless you LOVE spinach) (I would also like to try it with chopped frozen broccoli)

1-1/4 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided

6 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided

6 chicken cutlets, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness

1 egg

10 RITZ Crackers, crushed (about 1/2 cup)

1-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce, heated

PREHEAT oven to 375ºF. Mix cream cheese, spinach/broccoli, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 3 Tbsp. of the Parmesan cheese until well blended; spread evenly onto chicken breasts. Starting at one of the short ends of each breast, roll up chicken tightly. Secure with wooden toothpicks, if desired. Set aside.

BEAT egg in shallow bowl or pie plate. Mix remaining 3 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese and the cracker crumbs in separate shallow bowl or pie plate. Dip chicken bundles in egg, then roll in crumb mixture. Place, seam-sides down, in 13x9-inch baking dish covered with aluminum foil and sprayed with cooking spray.

BAKE 30 min. or until chicken is cooked through. Remove and discard toothpicks, if using. Serve topped with the spaghetti sauce and remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.


Deborah said...

I love the idea of the ritz crackers -this sounds like such a tasty recipe!

Sangeeth said...

lovely rolls....