Prep 2 hrs
Cook 55 mins
The perfect recipe for dinner parties and special occasion meals. Friend shared her recipe which is not only delicious but makes for an elegant presentation. It's one of those recipes that impresses and wows guests.These can be made ahead and frozen. One needs to flatten, do the fill, fold and tuck - the hour drying time and the five minute deep fry needed to make for the elegant bundle. My friend catered and this was one of her signature dishes - one of her tips was to find a basket to fit a small pot for the deep fry - making for quick and easy deep frying ... which is needed to get elegant looking Rolled Chicken Washington.
- 6 -8 chicken breasts (boneless)
- 1⁄2 cup fresh mushrooms (finely chopped, may use canned)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄2 cup cream
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne (I use a 'dash')
- 1 1⁄4 cups sharp cheddar cheese (grated)
- flour, for dusting
- 2 eggs (slightly beaten)
- 1 cup fine dry breadcrumb (find I need almost 2 - extra helps in the sealing)
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste, to season chicken breasts)
- oil (for frying)
- In pan on medium heat cook mushrooms in butter for five minutes or until soft.
- Blend in flour, stir in cream, add seasonings, cook and stir until thick.
- Stir in cheese until it melts, turn out into a loaf pan and leave to cool for an hour.
- Pound chicken with a mallet to 1/4 inch thick, sprinkle with a little salt.
- Cut cheese mixture into fingers - don't cut filling too wide, place on breasts leaving about a 3/4 inch on each side.
- Now comes that part that may have you a little intimidated - but after that first one you're on your way - on occasion I have been known to use a tooth pick for the ones that are a bit defiant - they do roll and are so worth the effort.
- Add filling length wise, tuck in side pieces and roll up.
- Dust with flour, dip very generously into egg and then into the breadcrumbs, this seals in the filling.
- Chill one hour.
- Fry in deep oil for five minutes or until nicely browned, be sure your oil is not too hot to avoid over browning - drain on paper towel.
- Place in shallow dish and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until done.
- Note - friend and I often prepare this as a make ahead, freezing chicken after frying and draining.
Like Pat, I did not deep fry these, but pan fried them instead in some olive oil. The catch from the pan made for a great gravy/sauce. I think I had the most ornery defiant chickens out there, so I had to tuck toothpicks into each of them. I'll show them who is boss in my kitchen! ;) I used a colby cheese in place of the cheddar, but that is our family's preference. I will make this again after I find some less difficult chickens. Made and Reviewed for Election Eats - Thanks! :)
We enjoyed this for dinner tonight. I used 4 chicken breasts but made the full quantity of the filling but only used half so the quantities are perfect for 8 breast fillets. I did not pound/flatten the breasts but just cut a slit in the side (my preferred way) and stuffed with the mix and proceeded with crumbing. I did not deep fry them but fried them in oil in a fry pan to crisp the crumbed coating and then transferred them to a baking tray lined with baking/parchment paper and finished cooking in the oven. Some of the filling did ooze out (maybe encasing in the rolling would prevent this) but they were still delicious. The DM and DS enjoyed the left over filling. The DH declared them pretty good and a 3 to 4 rating. Thank you Gerry999 for a lovely dinner. Made for Recipe Swap #16 - May 2008.