The other day I was rummaging around my freezer figuring out what to make for dinner. I found a tray of thin chicken breasts that were like scallopini. I remembered I bought them on sale for less than $4 (when I see sales like that I stock up and vacuum seal them). I also had a fresh bunch of asparagus sitting in the fridge. I knew I wanted to make something that incorporated both ingredients and then I remembered I also had some low fat old cheddar cheese (not old as in time spent in my fridge but old as in flavour 😉 )
I thought “how about wrapping the asparagus in the chicken lined with some cheese for extra flavour!”
Defrosting the chicken didn’t take long and here is how it turned out. I got 4 wrapped pieces which is 4 meals along with a salad. Not bad for a total of about $6 -$7 dollars. They looked great and where tasty too.
2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts thinly sliced and pounded (or buy them this way as I did)
½ – 1 lb of asparagus
Old cheddar cheese thinly sliced (or any cheese of your liking – goat cheese would work well too – I just used what I had on hand – use 1-2 slices per roll – it will leak out a bit but who doesn’t like melted cheese?)
Pepper to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil
Lay a slice of chicken breast flat on a plate or piece of parchment or any type of sheet/board – I have a bunch of those thin plastic cutting boards. Lay down 1-2 slices of cheese (or spread goat cheese) per piece of chicken. Place about 4-5 stalks of asparagus trimmed (it can stick out the bottom and top) and roll the chicken and cheese around the asparagus. Hold together with a toothpick or two – remember to remove these before serving.
Place roll in heated frying pan with the olive oil an sear all around. Once chicken is lightly browned or cooked outside all around, place pan in oven at 350 degrees (F) for 15 minutes. This will finish the cooking and make sure the asparagus is also cooked nicely. Remember ovens vary so if you need a few minutes longer then leave it in for about 20 minutes – shouldn’t need any longer though.
Remove from the pan and serve. This whole dish took 30 minutes from start to finish. Now thats what I call “Cheap and Cheerful”!