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goat cheese chicken rolls

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Last week I got a “family-pack” of chicken breasts at the grocery store b/c the price was too good to beat, even considering I’m a single gal living on her own and the thought of consuming 10 gigantic chicken breasts in one week is enough to make one consider vegetarianism. But frugality + gluttony won me over and I checked out at the grocery store gleefully carting my mother load of raw chicken home ready to be transformed into delicious and hopefully healthy meals.

The 1st round of breasts were turned into a rather unsavory chicken & veggie marsala that i’ll not even waste time on. But this week, after defrosting my single packed breasts in their neat little zip lock bags, I was determined to find something tasty to tide me through the week. Being a bit lazy, I rummaged around my food stock to see what I could come up with without having to make a run to the grocery store. This is the recipe I came up with, and I’m very satisfied with the flavor and level of juicyness of the chicken!

Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts pounded to about 1/2 inch thick
1 roma tomato diced
1/4 packet frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
1/4 cup candied walnuts
4.5 TB fresh goat cheese
garlic salt, pepper, paprika for seasoning
olive oil, garlic

1. season both sides of each breast with garlic salt, black pepper, and paprika, rubbing in well.
2. spread bout 1.5 TB goat cheese on each breast and place basil, spinach, tomatoes, and walnuts on top of cheese. Use enough that you can still roll up the chicken. sprinkle some salt on the fillings. Roll chicken around filling and secure with a toothpick.

your chicken rollsshould look about like this:

4. heat about 2 TB olive oil and 2 TB garlic in a pan for about 2 min. Brown chicken on all sides, about 2 min each side. Remove from pan and place in a baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. You are just sealing in the flavors here, not cooking the whole way through.

5. bake chicken for 30 min at 400 degrees and you should come out with some tasty chicken rolls like this. The crunch of the walnuts is a nice complement to the creamy goatcheese. enjoy!

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