Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Halloumi Stuffed Chicken Breasts


Serves 4.

  • 1 pkg (7-10oz/200-300gm) Halloumi cheese
  • 2 boned, skinned whole chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Cut 3/4 of the Halloumi cheese into 8 strips.
  • Finely grate the rest and set aside.
  • Divide each chicken breast in half, put each half between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound them with a flat side of a mallet until anout 1/4 inch thick.
  • Combine 1/4 cup of the olive oil, garlic and herbs.
  • Spread the mixture generously across each piece of chicken , then lay a strip of Halloumi over it.
  • Fold the chicken over the filling, then roll it up to form a closed bundle.
  • In a shallow plate, combine grated Halloumi with bread crumbs.
  • Put the remaining olive oil in a small bowl and dip each bundle in oil, then roll it in breadcrumbb mixture until well coated.
  • Place bundles in greased baking pan, drizzle over them any remaining oil, cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
  • Preheat oven to 200C/400F and bake 20 minutes or until lightly golden.

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