Thursday, May 26, 2011

Joy Bundles and Rice

(adapted from Taste of Home)

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut crosswise in half
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.)Cream Cheese, softened
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 tsp dried Tarragon (or 1 tsp fresh chopped)
  • 8 strips turkey bacon (I didn't have turkey bacon- I used good ol' pork bacon)
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 2-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups uncooked rice pilaf (I used Minute rice- with just 2 cups of chicken broth)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill (or 1 tbsp dry dill weed)
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
    • Heat oven to 375°F.
    • Season the 8 chicken breast pieces with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange in a row to add filling and have space to roll.
    • Cream together cream cheese, green onions and tarragon. Spread equal amounts of cream cheese filling on the chicken breasts.
    • Starting at the smaller end, roll each chicken breast gently towards the wider end until closed. Wrap each with a slice of bacon.
    • Place in ungreased baking dish. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter and brush onto chicken bundles. Cover with foil.
    • Bake 20 to 25 min. on middle oven rack. After 20 to 25 min.; uncover and brown under the broiler 5 to 7 min. It will get a light brown kiss from the additional heat.
    • While chicken is baking, prepare rice by bringing chicken broth, rice and garlic to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 min. or until liquid is absorbed.
    • Remove rice from heat and add remaining butter, lemon juice, zest and dill. Place rice on a serving platter. Place bundles on the rice. Generously ladle the pan juices down the center of the bundles. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

    1 comment:

    Phogles said...

    Melissa, if I invite you to dinner, will you show me how to make this? It looks AMAZING.