Tide and Thyme
Zucchini Chicken Parmesan Bundles (GF)Healthy Living
4 ounces cream cheese cheese, at room temperature
1 tablespoon dried oregano, pressed into your palm to release its oils
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried garlic powder
8 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese, grated
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated
2 1/4 cups zucchini and yellow squash, grated and squeezed dry of all liquid (280 g)* (from about 2 medium-large zucchini/squash)
1 3/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
Egg wash (2 eggs + 2 tablespoons milk, beaten)
1 1/2 cups gluten free cornflake crumbs, finely ground in a blender or food processor (plus more if necessary)
12 ounces cooked gluten free spaghetti, for serving
Chopped fresh basil, for serving
*I squeeze the liquid out of grated zucchini and squash by placing it, about 1/4 cup at a time, in a tea towel, rolling up the towel and twisting it to squeeze out all of the liquid. You can use whatever combination of zucchini and yellow squash you would like, or all one or the other.
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set it aside.
Make the filling and assemble the bundles. In a medium-size bowl, place the cream cheese, dried oregano, dried basil, salt and garlic powder, and mix to combine well. Add 6 ounces of the grated mozzarella cheese, about half of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and the zuccchini/squash, and mix until just combined. Lay out the chicken breasts on a flat surface, divide the cream cheese and zucchini mixture among them, and spread out the mixture evenly on top of each piece of chicken. Beginning at a short end of each chicken breast, roll tightly to the other end. At this point, the chicken bundles can be sealed into a freezer safe container and frozen. Before proceeding with the recipe, defrost the chicken in the refrigerator overnight.
Coat the bundles. Before baking, set up a coating station of two shallow bowls: one with the egg wash, and one with the cornflake crumbs and remaining half of the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Next to the cornflake crumbs, place the prepared baking sheet. Dredge each chicken bundle in the egg wash on all sides, allowing any excess to drip off, and then in the cornflake crumb mixture on all sides, pressing the crumbs gently onto the chicken to secure them. Place the bundles, seam side down, about an inch apart from one another on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake and serve. Place the baking sheet in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, place about 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce on top of each bundle and sprinkle with the remaining 2 ounces of grated mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and the chicken is opaque throughout (another 5 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165°F on an instant-read thermometer). Remove from the oven and serve over gluten free spaghetti, sprinkled with fresh basil.
Adapted from Kraft.