Thursday, August 26, 2010

Freezer friendly recipe- Chicken Roccoco

This is the last freezer friendly recipe I will post this week I promise!!! It's more ingredients than I usually tolerate but its sounds so delicious that I have to try it. Happy eating!!

Chicken Roccoco
8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbsp. milk
2 cups dried bread crumbs
1 cup wild rice
1 cup brown rice
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup flour
1 cup chicken broth
1-1/2 cups half and half or whole milk

Flatten chicken breasts between waxed paper. In small saucepan, melt 2 Tbsp. butter and saute onion and garlic until tender. Remove from heat. In small bowl, combine cream cheese with sauteed onion and garlic and blend well. Divide mixture among the chicken breasts. Roll up each piece to hold filling.

Beat egg with milk. Dip each chicken bundle in egg mixture, then roll in bread crumbs. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, cook wild and brown rice in water to cover for 45 minutes. Drain off any remaining water.

Melt 1/4 cup butter and olive oil in large frying pan. Saute chicken bundles just to brown lightly. Remove chicken and set aside. In oil remaining in pan, cook green peppers, the second onion, and mushrooms until crisp tender. Add flour and cook and stir until bubbly. Add chicken broth and half and half or milk, stirring constantly until thickened and smooth. Combine rice mixture with this sauce and pour into 13x9" baking pan. Top with chicken bundles.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until bubbly and chicken bundles are thoroughly cooked.
If you're going to freeze this dish, bake as directed, then cool completely in the refrigerator. Wrap well, label, and freeze up to 3 months. To thaw and reheat, thaw overnight in refrigerator. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes until thoroughly heated.

If you want to make this early in the day, fill the chicken bundles, roll in bread crumbs, and chill. Do NOT brown the chicken; never partially cook meat and refrigerate it to finish later. Make the rice mixture and sauce as directed; pour into casserole and chill. When you want to eat, saute the chicken bundles, place them on the rice, and bake as directed, adding 10 minutes to the baking time. 6-8 servings