Every now and then we must pamper ourselves with little luxuries in the kitchen to treat ourselves. Here is a
Saturday evening delight that is perfect for almost any kitty party.
While I was making my Pasta for dinner recently thought of the idea of rolling the pesto up with chicken. And
they turned out so good! I simply flatten chicken breasts with a mallet which incidentally is also a great way to
relieve stress. I turn the chicken over and spread a few tablespoons of my fresh basil pesto, shredded
mozzarella cheese and then simply roll it up. They are super easy to make and smell incredible baking in the
oven and will make your children worship the ground that you walk on!
So here goes my simple yet secret recipe to become the talking point of any Kitty Party!
1. 4 med/large 1kg) chicken breasts,
2. Garlic Salt, to taste
3. Black Pepper, to taste
4. ½ cup (8 Tbsp.) Pesto sauce
5. 250g Shredded mozzarella cheese (reserve 50g for topping)
6. 1 large or 2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced into 16 rings
7. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, optional
8. Fresh basil leaves, shredded, optional garnish
1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Cut chicken breast in half lengthwise so you have 8 thin
chicken cutlets. Pound each cutlet in a quart sized Ziploc bag or between 2 sheets of
plastic wrap into ⅛" thick cutlets. Season both sides of chicken with garlic salt and
2. Spoon and spread 1 Tbsp. pesto in the center of each cutlet, top with 2 thin tomato
slices and sprinkle with 2-3 Tbsp. mozzarella cheese. Roll the chicken up tightly and
seal ends with a toothpick.
3. Preheat large oven-safe skillet over medium/high heat with 1 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp.
butter. Add chicken roll-ups and sear on both sides until golden (4 min per side or 8
minutes total on the stove).
4. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese and 1 cup of cherry tomatoes. Place the skillet on
the center rack of oven and bake 425˚F for 13-15 minutes (13 min for these medium
chicken breasts and 15 min for larger chicken breasts, or until internal temp of chicken
reaches 160˚F on instant-read thermometer.