Friday, March 6, 2009

Chicken Parmesan Bundles

When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it, and then I realized it would be perfect to use for this challenge. I made one adjustment. Instead of flattening six chicken breasts, I used three chicken breasts, and sliced them in half. It ended up being easier to roll them up, plus half the breast was enough for a serving. I ended up baking them for 35 minutes, and probably could have done about 2 minutes more.

My husband rated this meal 4 stars.

Chicken Parmesan Bundles

4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
1-1/4 cups Mozzarella Cheese, divided
6 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
6 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 lb.), pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
1 egg
10 RITZ Crackers, crushed (about 1/2 cup)
1-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce, heated

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Mix cream cheese, spinach, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 3 Tbsp. of the Parmesan cheese until well blended; spread evenly onto chicken breasts. Starting at one of the short ends of each breast, roll up chicken tightly. Secure with wooden toothpicks, if desired. Set aside.

Beat egg in shallow bowl or pie plate. Mix remaining 3 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese and the cracker crumbs in separate shallow bowl or pie plate. Dip chicken bundles in egg, then roll in crumb mixture. Place, seam-sides down, in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake 30 min. or until chicken is cooked through (165ºF). Remove and discard toothpicks, if using. Serve topped with the spaghetti sauce and remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.
The original recipe can be found here, at Get Off Your Butt and Bake!


Jillian said...

Wow! Did you draw those little trees on the side of the plate?! That looks way tasty.

Janelle said...

Haha...I'm definitely not that good! Nope, it's a Japanese style plate. The flowers are actually dimensional.