January 5, 2010 Marco Island, FL

Chicken Roulade

Originally uploaded by marymompics

So what do you do in a tropical paradise when the high and low for the day are 57 and 39, respectively? Besides playing tennis in insane conditions and watching television, we cook. A couple of days a go we were watching America’s Test Kitchen and they had on a segment showing how to make “Four Star Stuffed Chicken Breast.” I am always looking for new ways to prepare chicken so we thought we’d give it a go. Although on the program it always looks so easy, this was somewhat more complex than we thought it would be. Also we don’t have our usual cooking utensils, pans or stove. Making it without a proper meat pounder in a really inferior pan on an electric stove was difficult.

But as you can see, it came out fairly presentable. John did a good job on the rolling up and a great job on the sauce. My interior filling was fine except for a little dry and lemony. The yellow rice came out pretty well considering I made it in the microwave. I’ve given up trying to cook rice on the stovetop. The cyclical nature of an electric element means undercooking or burning. The Brussels sprouts came out their usual yummy.

Would we make it again? Probably not. The chicken was a bit dry and the whole thing was a lot of work for a minimal result. What we really need here is for the weather to warm up so we can do what we came here to do, have fun!

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