December 23, 2008

Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo

I’m about to share a secret with you. It’s a recipe that my mother-in-law makes every year for Rosh Hashanah. It’s a once a year thing she makes. I fell in love with her Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo the first time I tried it. It looks very impressive when it’s served and the chicken is moist and cooked perfectly. This is something that is perfect for a holiday meal or for serving to guests in the fall or early spring months.

Now, I had to have her actually show me how she rolls the chicken and then wraps it in phyllo dough as I had never worked with it before. Many people are intimidated by phyllo dough because it can rip very easily. She makes a special trip to The Greek Store (yes, that really is the name!) to get fresh phyllo rather than the frozen kind you buy at the regular grocery. If you can get fresh, that is the easiest to work with because it has not had to be frozen and defrosted. If you don’t have someplace that sells fresh, go ahead and work with the frozen dough, just buy a couple of extra boxes so that you will have plenty to work with when wrapping the chicken.

As for the stuffing, you could use your own homemade stuffing but we pick up a box of Stovetop to keep it simple. If you are making about 12-15 pieces one box should be more than enough for filling them adequately.

Now, don’t go by my picture because this time they didn’t brown up as much as I would have liked. After speaking to my mother-in-law, we came to the conclusion that I may not have melted the butter long enough to cook off some of the water (white stuff that appears when it’s melting).

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I served these last Saturday when we had some friends over for dinner and they were well-liked by everyone – in spite of them not being as browned as I would have liked. They were cooked perfectly! I will be sharing another recipe from that evening later this week.

Check out these recipes from around the food blogging world:

The Dinner Rolls Judy made at No Fear Entertaining would be a wonderful addition to this meal.

A quick dinner of Rigatoni with Sausage and Smoked Mozzarella from Elly Says Opa! Looks like true comfort food.

Happy Holidays and Happy Cooking! More to come from the dinner from last weekend so, check back in to see what else I made!

Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo

Source: Family recipe, Momk

Ingredients
8 boneless skinless chicken breast halves - pounded flat
1 box of Stovetop Stuffing (prepared & cooled - or you can make your own)
Several boxes of fresh phyllo dough (if you can find it, I have only found frozen, and the extra boxes are key when the sheets rip!)
melted butter
plain bread crumbs

Directions

Lay the chicken breast flat, and put about 2-3 tablespoons of the stuffing toward one end of it. Roll up the chicken breast and set aside in a dish. Repeat with all breasts.

Lay out one sheet of phyllo dough, brush with butter and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Put a 2nd sheet on top and repeat with the butter and bread crumbs. Put a 3rd sheet on top and only brush on the butter. Next, put one of the rolled chicken breasts at one end and carefully enclose it (kind of like making a paper envelope, just keep folding the ends in until you get to the end of the sheet).

Brush with butter one last time and place on a foil covered baking sheet.Bake in a pre-heated oven (350 degrees) for 25 minutes. Then cover with foil lightly to prevent over-browning and continue to bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.

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7 comments:

Irene said...

These look fantastic! I'm definitely going to make them. All the ingredients are great on their own, but together...... mmmmm.....

Joelen said...

*giggle* I feel so special because after reading your first line, I was already excited for the recipe! I have to try this considering it's a special recipe of your mom! Thanks so much for sharing your secret :)

Cristine said...

Looks and sounds fantastic!

HoneyB said...

Sounds delicious! I will have to try this when I get back home from vacation!

alexandra's kitchen said...

Oh my gosh, thank you for sharing this family recipe! They are so often the best ones. This chicken sounds delicious and festive. And FRESH phyllo! so cool. I'm not sure I can find that near me. I'd probably have to make a trip to LA, but it sounds as though it would be worth the trip.

Happy Hanukkah!

Mary said...

Patsy, these look and sound delicious. You really hit this one out of the ballpark. Happy holidays.

Patsyk said...

They are really wonderful, and I was thrilled to be given the recipe so I could make them for special occasions as well.

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