Chicken Packets – Hold the Tomato
I got this idea while running on the treadmill. No joke. Something similar was happening on 30 Minute Meals with Rachel Ray–similar in that she was wrapping meat in puff pastry sheets, but totally different meat and filling–and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. You know how songs get stuck in your head sometimes? Yeah, that happens to me too, but with recipes. Sometimes they are awesome, and sometimes they totally bomb. My track record is pretty 50-50 whether or not these recipes actually work.
The elements of this recipe were spectacular.
Chicken baked in a balsamic glaze. (This one worked really well, and I found a small bottle in Safeway)
Avocado, basil, tomato, mozzarella and green onion.
Layered inside puff pastry (which was surprisingly hard to find at Safeway).
There are only two things I’ll do differently next time: no tomato and more basil. The tomato made the pastry dough very soggy and hard to completely bake, and the basil got lost amidst everything else.
But truly, it’s hard to go wrong with flaky pastry, moist chicken and melted mozzarella cheese! I liked it very much, but Nick hates–and I mean hates–soggy, doughy things. He gave it a valiant effort, and was very nice about it, but I could tell that he wouldn’t eat this version again happily. No worries! The cool thing about my recipes is that they’re just general guidelines. I can add or subtract whatever I like. Next time, everyone will be happy.
Pastry Wrapped Chicken
Preheat oven to 400F
2 chicken breasts, brushed with balsamic glaze and baked
8 fresh basil leaves (if you don’t like the stem, go ahead and cut it out of the middle of the leaf)
4 slices of mozzarella cheese (or 1/2 cup grated)
half of an avocado, sliced
1-2 green onions, sliced
1 sheet of puff pastry (Like this)
1 egg white mixed with 2 tsps of water
After thawing the puff pastry, cut into 4 squares. On each square, layer: basil leaf, half of a chicken breast, basil leaf, mozarella and avocado. Begin pulling the corners of the pastry over top of the fillings. Brush the corners with the egg wash, and gently press to seal. Don’t worry if the packets aren’t totally sealed. Flip the completed packet over and brush with the egg wash, then top with green onion. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.
Do you ever get crazy ideas stuck in your head? Do you ever act on them?