Chicken rolls with mealie rice

By Drum Digital
18 January 2014

Serves 4

Preparation time: 15 min

Cooking time: 30 min

4 chicken breasts

250 ml (1 c) grated Mozzarella cheese

handful of fresh coriander

250 g streaky bacon

MEALIE RICE

15 ml (1 T) oil

2 onions, sliced

300 g mealie rice

750 ml (3 c) hot vegetable stock

salt and freshly ground black pepper

200 g peas

200 g green beans, blanched

400 g spinach, finely chopped

60 ml (¼ c) cream

1 Preheat the oven to 200 °C.

2 Butterfly the chicken breasts and pound lightly to flatten. Sprinkle the cheese and coriander in the middle of each chicken breast. Start rolling up a chicken breast like a sausage, wrapping 3 strips of bacon around the roll to hold it together. Secure with cocktail sticks. Repeat with the remaining chicken.

3 In a pan over medium heat brown the chicken rolls. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Mealie rice: Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions until soft. Add the mealie rice and stir well.

Add a ladleful of stock, stirring continuously until it’s absorbed. Repeat until the mealie rice is cooked. Season with salt and pepper.

Stir in the peas, beans, spinach and cream.

7Spoon the mealie rice into serving bowls. Slice the chicken and arrange on top of the mealie rice.

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