What the heck is that?!? I know, it seems like a crazy idea to use a bamboo sushi roller to make stuffed chicken, but why not? Here is an idea, take the juicy flavor of chicken meatballs and wrap them in pesto? The moment I took a roll out of the oven it was gone before it had a chance to fully cool! My three year old grabbed for half of one and took off with it before I had a chance to even cut it fully. I used this as a meal prep for my weekly meals and 5lbs of chicken wasn’t enough to round out my meals because everyone kept eating them before I could include them in my lunches. For this recipe you will need to follow my chicken meatball recipe to prep your chicken and my pesto recipe to prep your pesto.
Here is what you will need:
5lbs chicken breast trimmed (remove all visible fat)
1 cup oats or bread crumbs
2 tsp Himalayan salt
2 Cups basil leaves packed
1/2 Pine nuts
2/3 Cup Olive oil
1 Clove Roasted garlic
2/3 Cup Shredded parmesan cheese.
Salt to taste
1 Teaspoon Lemon
To use a bamboo roller affectively, place the roller in a ziplock bag and seal the zipper. Imagine the mess if you didn’t place your roller in the bag. I would rather not even think about the mess! Spray one side of your ziplock bag with cooking spray or rub down with oil. You don’t want your chicken sticking to the plastic. As you would spread rice over the roller to make sushi, you will spread your chicken over the roller. you can decide how thick you want the chicken layer, but make sure it is an even layer across the roller. If you are using your hands to spread the chicken, coat your fingers in cold water. Keeping your hands wet will prevent the chicken from sticking to your fingers.
Once you have prepped your pesto, spread a thin layer over the entire surface of the chicken.
Once you have rolled it from one end to the other, seal the ends by lightly pinching the ends of each roll.
Once slightly cooled, cut the chicken as you would sushi rolls and serve. You are not limited to rolling your chicken with pesto. This method would work great with Broccoli and cheese, roasted red pepper spread, or really anything you would traditionally stuff a chicken breast with.