Me: I found it on a blog, but it is a Rachel Ray recipe.
C: Rachel Ray sucks, so they are going to be terrible.
Me: Can you just try them?
C: Is she still hanging around with Oprah?
He then proceeds to unroll the roll up making a pile of prosciutto, a pile of asparagus and then the chicken. The concept of a roll up is lost on him. And it made me feel all the better that they unfolded miserably when I went to flip them over in the pan. The sauce was really good, I went back for seconds. C conceded that he did enjoy them and wouldn't mind me making them again, even if they were a Rachel Ray recipe.
Spring Chicken Roll Ups
2 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast (6-ounces each)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 thin slices provolone cheese
4 thin slices prosciutto cotto
12 thin spears asparagus, trimmed of tough stems and blanched in salted water 2 minutes, drained
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 cup chopped, flat leaf parsley, a handful
Halve the chicken breasts horizontally separating each into 2 cutlets.
Place each halved cutlet in an individual freezer plastic storage bag (with slider tab). Add a tablespoon of water to each bag and pound into1/8-inch thick cutlets.
Arrange the 4 cutlets on work surface. Season cutlets with salt and pepper on the side facing up. Cover each piece of chicken with 1 slice cheese and 1 slice ham. Starting on 1 side of the breast, place a small bundle of 3 asparagus spears. Wrap and roll the chicken around the asparagus. Wash hands.
Heat about 1 tablespoon EVOO, a turn of the pan, in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot, using tongs, add the chicken roll-ups to skillet with seam side down. Season the roll-ups with salt and pepper. Cover the pan loosely with tin foil and cook 4-5 minutes, turn roll-ups over and cook and other 4-5 minutes. Remove cooked roll ups to a serving plate. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons flour Stir in the chicken stock and Dijon mustard, scraping up any drippings from the bottom of the pan, and simmer 1 minute. Remove from the heat, add the lemon zest, lemon juice and parsley and spoon over chicken.
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