These Double Cheese Chicken Roll-Ups are a fast and easy weeknight dinner dish. Stuffed with a tasty butter spread, your favourite cheese and ham or even prosciutto and then baked to perfection. A simple dish that everyone will love.
Chicken Roll-Ups have become one of our all time favourites. Whenever my daughters would ask their friends over for lunch or dinner, these would definitely be on the menu. Did you know that chicken is the number 3 most consumed meat in the world, right after Fish and the number one which is Pork?
How to make it
In a small bowl mix together the butter and the fresh Italian parsley, set aside. In small dish mix together bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, set aside. Then tenderize the 4 slices of chicken. Lay out the 4 slices of chicken, sprinkle with salt, spread the butter, parsley mixture on the slices, top with 1 slice of ham or prosciutto.
Add a slice or two of cheese, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Then roll in the bread crumb & parmesan cheese mixture.
Place in a baking dish (lightly drizzled with olive oil), sprinkle the left over crumb mixture on top. Sprinkle with a little salt and drizzle with olive oil. Bake. Serve immediately.
What does tenderizing meat do?
When you tenderize it, it will help break down the fibres in the chicken and allow it to cook faster, and of course the meat will end up being tender and more appetizing.
What to use if you don’t have a tenderizer?
Of course a wooden or metal meat mallet are ideal, but you can also use the bottom of a frying pan if you don’t have one of those.
What kind of cheese can I use?
I like to use a creamy Italian cheese, but if you prefer you can always use a firm mozzarella (not fresh because it will be too watery), swiss cheese, gruyere, gouda are all good substitutes or even provolone. Rather than slices you can always shred the cheese. But you decide.
How to know when chicken is cooked?
If you are using a thermometer then the inside of the cooked meat should read 167F (75C). Or another way to tell is when you cut into the meat and the juices run clear also cooked chicken meat should be completely white all the way through with no pink showing.
How to store it?
The cooked chicken roll-ups can be kept in an air tight container in the fridge for about 3-4 days. It can also be frozen in a freezer safe bag or container, it will keep for up to 2 months in the freezer. Be sure to thaw completely in the fridge before re-heating.
Chicken is also one of the cheaper meats to purchase. So finding different ways to serve it is always a good thing. One of my favourite ways is Chicken Cacciatore, I love all that sauce that I can soak up with some good thick Italian Crusty bread.
The Italian is not a big chicken lover but he does like these! They are so easy to make and the perfect way to use thin cut chicken breast slices. I usually make half with cooked ham and the other half with prosciutto. Just remember if you used prosciutto cut back or eliminate the salt. Prosciutto is a cured meat which can make it extremely salty.
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So if you are looking for an easy and delicious, chicken recipe, I hope you try these Double Cheese Chicken Rollups. Buon Appetito!
Baked Double Cheese Chicken Roll-Ups
- 4 slices boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon butter softened
- 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley
- 2-3 tablespoons bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan cheese 15 grams
- 4 slices of cooked ham or prosciutto
- 4 - 8 slices of fontal cheese or swiss cheese
- salt to taste*
- 1 tablespoon olive oil 15 grams
*If you are using Prosciutto instead of cooked ham it's best to not add any salt since prosciutto is salty enough on its own.
- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees (180 celsius), lightly grease (with olive oil) a 9 inch (23 centimeter) baking dish.
- In a small bowl mix together the butter and the fresh Italian parsley, set aside.
- In small dish mix together bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, set aside.
- Tenderize the 4 slices of chicken. (this is done using a meat tenderizer, banging on the meat 4-5 times on both sides). Lay out the 4 slices of chicken, sprinkle with salt (only if using the cooked ham and not the prosciutto) spread the butter, parsley mixture on the slices, top with 1 slice of ham or prosciutto and a slice of cheese (2 slices if necessary), roll up and secure with a toothpick or 2.
- Then roll each one in the bread crumb & parmesan cheese mixture and place in the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle any left over crumb mixture on top of the roll-ups. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of salt and drizzle with a little olive oil or a little butter. Bake for about 30-35 minutes. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Updated October 24, 2016.