Rainbow Chicken Roll
June 21, 2011
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Chicken is a popular dish in our home and I’m always looking for new ways to make it.
I was watching Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Cooking the other day when she prepared this dish. It looked simple and delicious and I decided to give it a try. One thing that intrigued me about this dish was that it was something I could throw together early in the day, refrigerate and then pop in the oven just before I was ready to start dinner. I love dishes like that!
I followed the recipe except for one small change. Sandra’s recipe called for the addition of green beans. Since there are fewer people in the family that like green beans I opted to switch out the green beans for chopped fresh broccoli instead. It worked out perfectly.
RAINBOW CHICKEN ROLL
Recipe from Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Cooking
4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 tsp. Seasoned Salt
1 tsp. Salt-Free Italian Seasoning
8 to 10 String Beans (*I used about 1/2 – 3/4 cup fresh chopped broccoli)
1 Small Carrot, julienned
1 Red Pepper, julienned (*I used a small red pepper & had some left over)
1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella
2 Cups Marinara Sauce (*You can used jarred or homemade)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Trim chicken breasts of any fat. Lay flat on a cutting board and butterfly each breast 3/4 of the way through. Lay each chicken breast on a cutting board, cover with a piece of plastic wrap, and pound to 1/4″ thickness.
Lay chicken breasts flat on a cutting board and sprinkle with seasoned salt and Italian seasoning. Place 3 to 4 strips each of the string beans, carrots and red pepper leaving 1/2-inch on the side furthest from you. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese. Roll chicken breast up and place seam side down in a medium baking dish.
Pour marinara sauce over chicken and place in oven. Bake 30 minutes basting with the marinara sauce halfway through cooking.
Remove breasts from pan. To serve slice each breast into 4 or 5 slices and fan on the plate with additional marinara sauce on the side.
**Note: I did this early in the day, covered and refrigerated the dish, and then took it out when I was getting ready to start making dinner, preheated the oven and baked it.
And additional note: this dish took just slightly over one hour to cook in a covered casserole dish, so I would adjust the cooking time from the original recipe provided.