Baked Chicken Roulade

I enjoy lazy Sunday buffets for a lot of reasons. The wide variety… exploring different cuisines…champagne…not having to decide what to order for others…slow pace of the meal! I discovered chicken roulade in one of my buffet encounters. The cheese & spinach flavor with chicken was an instant hit with my taste-buds. So when the kiddo demanded for something very different AND pretty, my first thought was Chicken Roulade.

It requires a bit of patience but I enjoyed making them and the process is fairly easy to execute. We like to have it as an appetizer, just sliced. It can be however made as a main course with different flavored curries.

Serves – 4. Time – Preparation time – 30 minutes. Baking time – 15 minutes

Ingredients

  1. Chicken Breasts – 4
  2. Blanched spinach leaves – 10 big ones
  3. Processed/ Cheddar cheese grated – 1 cup
  4. Black pepper – 1 tblspn
  5. Garlic powder – 1 tblspn
  6. Onion powder – 1 tblspn
  7. Red chili powder – 1 tblspn
  8. Salt to taste

Method

  1. Blanch the spinach(see notes) and set aside
  2. Place your chicken in a plastic ziplock bag or cling film. On a cutting board using the flat side of a meat mallet pound your chicken breast until it is a thin
  3. In a bowl mix pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder & salt. Use this to season chicken on both sides
  4. Place the spinach and cheese on top of the chicken close to one end. Roll up the chicken and secure with thread
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 12 – 15 minutes
  6. Remove the thread & cut into slices and serve hot

Notes

  1. DO NOT try to flatten the chicken without cling film
  2. I keep the marination spices strong since as appetizers there will be no added flavors later on
  3. I prefer big spinach leaves as I find it easier to roll the roulade with it. If you have small spinach leaves then you can use that too or puree it and spread on chicken
  4. For blanching the spinach, boil half cup of water. When the water is rolling, add the spinach. Take it out in 1 minute and dip it in ice cold water for another 2 minutes

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