There are some weeknights when I arrive home from work so famished I have all I can do not to make a meal out of the nearest bag of Doritos Jacked Smoky Chipotle BBQ chips (ahem, my guilty food pleasure). And on those nights, I turn to either 30-Minute Mongolian Beef or these Chicken Roulades with Tapenade and Prosciutto. I shared the basic technique for roulades in last week’s newsletter, and I was asked to post this specific recipe. Ask and ye shall receive!
“Tapenade” is just a fancified French word for puréed olives, olive oil and a variety of other add-ins. I make mine with Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, garlic and lemon zest, which is then spread on thinly-pounded chicken breasts before being topped with a slice of prosciutto and rolled into a flavorful bundle. A quick sear in olive oil and the chicken roulades are ready for slicing. Dinner is served, and that bag of Doritos Jacked lives to see another day (and by “day,” I mean “a few more hours.”)
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- 4 chicken breasts (See Kelly's Notes)
- 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes packed in oil
- 2/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 Tablespoons lemon zest
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 4 thin slices prosciutto
- Olive oil, for sautéeing
- Place one chicken breast between two pieces of wax paper and pound it with a meat tenderizer (or the bottom of a heavy skillet) until it's 1/4-inch thick. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the sundried tomatoes packed in oil, olives, garlic cloves, lemon zest and bread crumbs. Pulse until well combined and the mixture blends into a paste.
- Spread one-fourth of the mixture on one side of each of the chicken breasts then top it with a slice of prosciutto. Tightly roll up each chicken breast and secure it with a toothpick. Season the roulades with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil. Sear the roulades on all sides, cooking them until the interior reaches 165ºF. Allow the cooked roulades to rest for 5 minutes. Remove the toothpicks from the roulades then slice and serve.
- Use chicken breasts that are at least 6 ounces in size, as once pounded thin, they'll provide enough surface area atop which to spread the sundried tomato tapenade.
- The tighter you roll your roulades, the more uniform spiral you'll create.
- You can finish the seared roulades in the oven in order to guarantee they reach 165ºF. Simply transfer the skillet to a preheated 350ºF oven and let them bake until they're cooked throughout then remove the toothpicks, slice and serve immediately.
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