Sun-dried Tomato & Ricotta Chicken Roulade

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Hi Friends!

How are we?  How was your Christmas?  Are you as impossibly full as I am!?

As expected the holidays were a gluttonous blur of food, booze, and gifts, so naturally I’m a bit sad to see them end.  But luckily we’ve still got NYE, I’m still on vacation, and I may or may not be eating lasagna in bed with a glass of red while I write this at 10:00am.

Merry Merry!

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The thing about having an Italian family is that the amount of food you’re expected to eat over the holidays is borderline abusive.  Like, between my mom and my gma I was sent home with packages that could feed an entire Ecuadorian village, and that was just the food for Dave!  I’m talking mountains of lasagna, sausage and peppers, stuffed shells, veal parmigiana, sausages, meatballs, braciole, AND sausage bread.  Yes.. three separate sausage dishes!

Three!!

It’s total, utter, delicious insanity.

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So after force feeding myself a year’s worth of Italian food, I’ve naturally decided to make yet another Italian dish, because rational decisions are totally my thing.  But while my brain may be reduced to a puddle of marinara, I’m 100% convinced this Sun-dried Tomato & Ricotta Chicken Roulade is the perfect date-night dinn for New Year’s Eve.

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I think we can all agree that New Year’s Eve is almost always a let down, and there’s no shortage of horrific evidence to prove it.  I mean, have you ever spent half of NYE freezing your bum off waiting for entry to some holier-than-thou club?  Or chugged 33 watered down cranberry vodkas and wondered when did getting drunk become so hard?  (PS- they’re $20 a pop!)  Or have you experienced the unique pleasure of fighting some drunk dude (or worse… some drunk chick) for a cab at 2:00am all while thinking this is NOT how you wanted to start the new year?

Yup… it’s happened.

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So since NYE tends to be a complete disaster, why not ditch all the hoopla and do what you actually want instead?  I’m talking chilling at home with your honey, whipping up some tasty eats, and drinking some real high-end champagne.  No fuss, no muss, no ruined sequined dress – Ya with me?

So this year, let’s ditch the overpriced, overhyped, overdone shenanigans of NYE’s past and finally spend a New Year’s having some actual fun.  So hit up your liquor store and tee up the Netflix – I’ve got the delicious dinner your stay-at-home plans need.

Happy New Year, loves!  See ya in 2014 xx

Sundried Tomato & Ricotta Chicken Roulade

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins

Total Time: 55 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Thinly Pounded Chicken Breast
  • 6 oz Sun-dried Tomatoes (Fresh, not in Oil)
  • 1/3 cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 6 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 2 tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsps Light Butter
  • 1 ½ tsps Basil
  • 1 ½ tsps Oregano
  • 1 tsp Crushed or Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt & Coarse Black Peppercorn - approx.
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • Cooking Spray to grease
  • Toothpicks to secure

Directions:

  1. In food processor combine sun-dried tomatoes, EVOO, Water, 1 tsp Basil, 1 tsp Oregano, and ½ tsp garlic, pureeing until smooth.  Set aside.
  2. Generously season one side of chicken with salt & pepper, then flip over.  On unseasoned side, spread an even layer of sun-dried tomato paste, then sprinkle with ricotta and top with fresh basil.  Next, tightly roll up chicken and place in well greased baking dish, securing with toothpicks as needed.
  3. In small bowl combine room temperature butter and remaining ½ tsps Basil, Oregano, and Garlic.  Melt in microwave for ~15 seconds, then drizzle over tops of chicken.  Bake chicken at 400ºF for 35 minutes until an internal temp of 165ºF is reached.  Allow to cool slightly, then remove toothpicks before slicing to serve.

 

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FYI – this is healthy Italian food.  happy resolutions :)

 

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17 Responses to “Sun-dried Tomato & Ricotta Chicken Roulade”

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    Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite — December 30, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    This looks amazing! My boyfriend and I are having a low-key NYE Eve this year for the very reasons you listed! Honestly, I am SO excited for it :)

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    • Christine replied: — December 30th, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

      it’s 100% the way to go! happy new year Rachel!

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    Lauren @ Hall Nesting — December 30, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    lasagna and red wine at 10 am, this is why we are kindred spirits! As for our NYE plans I have a fun menu planned, 1 allowed glass of wine (Dr. approved of course)- which I bet I will never take a sip of wine for granted again after this and probably a movie with the hubby! Your meal looks perfect!!

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    • Christine replied: — December 30th, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

      umm you have the best dr ever! lol I hope you and your boys have a lovely new year Lauren!! xx

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    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen — December 31, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Oh yum – this looks delicious! I absolutely love the de-constructed shot of the ricotta and basil on the chicken – gorgeous! And the finished product looks like it tastes fantastic! I hope you have a Happy New Year! Pinning!

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    • Christine replied: — December 31st, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

      thank you so much Kristi!! happy new year doll :) xx

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    Liz @ Life Made Sweet — December 31, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    This looks delicious Christine! I don’t eat red meat or pork so I am always looking for chicken recipes and this will definitely be a crowd pleaser! Can’t wait to try it!

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    • Christine replied: — December 31st, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

      thanks liz!! happy new year!!

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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — December 31, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    These look pretty fab Christine! I can’t even talk about being overly-full…it would be a shame to mention how much cake passed my lips this holiday season haha! Oh well. A little wine (and lasagne) never hurt anyone! I hope you Have a Happy New Year !!

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    • Christine replied: — January 2nd, 2014 @ 9:58 am

      thanks so much Jessica!! I hope you had a great new year :)

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    Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — January 2, 2014 @ 9:28 am

    This sounds so good Christine! I love all the flavors you have used and the photos look fantastic!!

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    • Christine replied: — January 2nd, 2014 @ 9:58 am

      thanks Chelsea!

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    Tamara Coleman — January 3, 2014 @ 1:15 am

    A new chicken recipe for me to try :) Looks and Sounds DELISH!
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    • Christine replied: — January 6th, 2014 @ 9:55 am

      thanks tamara!

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — January 3, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    Oh my word! That looks amazing! Can’t wait til I can make it when my ‘no meats’ fast/diet is over. Pinning for sure!

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    • Christine replied: — January 6th, 2014 @ 9:56 am

      good luck Melanie, that sounds like a tough one!! :)

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    Christina Heggins — March 19, 2014 @ 8:05 am

    This is a perfect way to sprice up chicken! I would think it was difficult but your pics makes it look easy! Looks great :)

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