Spinach & Cheese Chicken Roulade
4 Chicken Breats- pounded boneless skinless
1 box spinach
3 garlic cloves – grated
1 1/2 cup of shredded cheese ( particularly a good melting cheese) * I used Kerry Gold reserve cheddar. But you can use gruyere, sharp white cheddar, goat cheese mozzarella etc.
1 ½ cup Butter- partially melted – I use Kerry gold butter
Take your chicken and one at a time place in a plastic bag, to pound out and flatten the chicken to ½ inch thick. This helps with cooking the chicken evenly but also helps when rolling it up.
In a saucepan on medium low heat with olive oil heat the pan and add the entire container of spinach. Sautee for 2 minutes add the grated garlic. Continue until the spinach is completely wilted down which takes about 5 min.
One at a time take a piece of chicken and in the center of the pounded chicken add a bit of spinach and a bit of cheese. From the smaller end start to roll the chicken up. Place a piece of rosemary on the top of the chicken and with the cooking string secure the chicken and rosemary in place. I pick up the chicken quick and place the chicken on top of the middle of the string piece and then do a double knot and then cut the string if too much is hanging on the side.
Take the partially melted butter and with a cooking brush or your fingers spread butter all the chicken. Then season with salt and pepper.
In the same pan you cooked the spinach in add a tbsp of butter or more olive oil and heat on medium high heat for 1 minute.
Once the pan is hot place the first piece of chicken in and sear until crispy or brown, about 4 minutes. Then flip to the other side and cook for another 4.
While the chicken cooks continue making the rest of the chicken roll ups.
Once the chickens are done, place them in an oven safe dish and turn the oven on, 450 degrees. While the oven is heating, it allows your chicken a couple minutes to rest.
Cook the chicken for 6 min then take it out, cover with Reynolds wrap and let rest for 3 minutes.
Once rested, cut string off of each chicken and slice it up and serve.
This Spinach & Cheese Chicken Roulade is a perfect dish for 2, 4, 6 or even more people because it makes a lot. I like to cook this over the holidays instead of cooking a whole turkey sometimes as it saves time and it’s just as good.
*Bonus you can prep this the morning of or night before and stick it in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
Also if you’re trying to impress a special someone, this is the perfect date night dish.