Friday, April 23, 2010

Chicken Braciole (my last minute supper idea)

Tonight for dinner, i defrosted thin sliced chicken breast, i was going to make just a quick healthy grilled chicken dinner with lemon.  But i wanted to make something a little fancier, and was in the mood to have tomato sauce, big surprise.  I thought it would be really cool if i could make chicken braciole.  Kinda like beef braciole, only with chicken and a little healthier.  The only thing that was holding me back from making it was that i didn't have toothpicks to hold the chicken together.  So i called my Nanny and asked her what else i could use, and she said if i had sewing thread i could use that, but i didn't have that either.  At this point, i was disappointed because i really got excited to make it and thought it would be a nice surprise for Dave.  My nanny also told me it wouldn't work without a toothpick or thread, the filling would come right out.  But i decided to try it.  And guess was delicious.  There is nothing like the sound of hearing my husband go "Mmmmm" while eating his dinner, the dinner i very lovingly prepared for him.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach."

Chicken Braciole
  • 1 package of thin sliced chicken breast
  • 1 can peeled plum shaped tomatoes (drained) 
  • Frozen onion and peppers
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • fresh parsley
  • oregano
  • basil
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Wash and dry the chicken breasts, lay them out on a dish and liberally salt and pepper them.
On a cutting board chop 5-6 cloves of garlic, and a handful of fresh parsley. 
In the middle of the chicken take about a 1/2 a teaspoon of the garlic, parsley.  Fill each breast with the mixture.  Then roll the breasts real tight. 
In a large heavy bottom saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil, and add the chicken to the pan fold side down.  Make sure when you add the chicken, the pan is nice and hot, then lower the heat to medium and let cook approximately 8 minutes on each side.  Don't move them around too much in the pan, or they will come apart.  All your really looking for is the chicken to get a nice crust on it, and a little brown for flavor.  Then remove the chicken from the pan on a clean dish and add your tomatoes to the same pan as the chicken.  Use your potato masher and gently break the tomatoes up, add a dash of oregano, and simmer.  Now add the chicken back in your pan with the sauce and let simmer on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.  About 10 minutes before you want to serve it throw in your onions and peppers and cover.  This will help the sauce to thicken and give it a richer taste.  Last minute throw in a 1/2 teaspoon of fresh basil.  When you serve it, spoon the peppers onions and sauce over the chicken and enjoy!

Thank you to all the sweet people who commented on my other posts.  You are a big part of why i continue to post recipes and enjoy doing this.

What's one dish you make that your loved one goes crazy for?


  1. I'm so jealous of your cooking skills. Wanna teach me?? =)

    Looks delicious.

  2. OUah, your design is gorgeous, i love it! did you do it by your own???

  3. Looks great! Thx for stopping by my blog! I love food blogs! :)

  4. Sounds yummy!!

    My husband is so easy to please really. He always compliments my cooking and is just happy to have food on the table after a long day, lol!!!

  5. Niki, You are a wonderful cook, chef, but of course I hardly remember for not having tasted anything you have cooked or prepared in such a long time...