Cheese-stuffed chicken

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Grated Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup Grated Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter; softened
2 tablespoons Chopped parsley
¼ teaspoon Dried tarragon OR
2 teaspoons Chopped fresh tarragon
Freshly ground pepper
4 Chicken breast halves; boneless and skinless (4 to 5 ounces each)
8 Sheets phyllo dough pastry*
4 tablespoons Melted unsalted butter

*Phyllo dough is sold in most grocery stores in the frozen food section.

This recipe was the Grand Prize Winner in the 1997 Real California Cheese Recipe Contest. Place the cheeses, softened butter, parsley, tarragon, ½ tsp pepper and ¼ tsp salt in a bowl. Beat and mash the ingredients together until they form a stiff paste... your fingers or a big wooden spoon are the best tools for this job. Divide the mixture into 4 finger-shaped logs, each about 3-inches long. Set aside. Flatten each chicken breast by placing it between 2 sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper, and pounding with a mallet or rolling pin until roughly ¼" thick and 5 or 6" across. Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Place a cheese log in the center of each breast, then roll and fold the chicken around the cheese to enclose it completely. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place a sheet of phyllo dough on your work surface. Top with a second sheet, and brush lightly with melted butter. Set a chicken in the center of one of the narrower ends, then roll it up in the phyllo, tucking the ends of the dough under to enclose the chicken, and make a neat package. Form the remaining packages the same way. Place them, folds down in a 13x9-inch baking dish, and brush with remaining melted butter. Bake about 40 minutes, or until sizzling and well browned. Makes 4 servings.

Formatted by Lynn Thomas dcqp82a@prodigy. com. Recipe from Gramma/Helen Jolly wwgq25d. Lynn's notes: Made this 10-20-97; easy dish to make and tasted just great. Use your hands to mix the cheese and butter--it works better that way.

Recipe by: Real California Cheese Posted to TNT - Prodigy's Recipe Exchange Newsletter by WWGQ25C@... (MRS LYNN P THOMAS) on Oct 21, 1997

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