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A Weekday Menu Recipe

Edam and Sweet Tomato Chicken Parcels     HT  MC  40mins

Serves 4-6      Hot   Poultry  Chicken  Pork  Vegetables    Herbs   Main Course  Gluten wheat Free  Eggless

Recipe developed by chef Lesley Waters,  chicken breasts stuffed with Edam cheese, semi-dried tomatoes and wrapped in Italian Ham. This is a great entertaining recipe as it can be prepared ahead and cooked last minute.


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4 150g/5oz boneless, skinless free-range/organic chicken breasts
75g/2 ¾ oz Edam cheese, grated
12 sweet antipasto cherry tomatoes or sun-blush tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 teasp fresh thyme leaves
6 slices/85g pack Parma ham
For the Savoy Cabbage:
1 ½ tbsp olive oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed
350g/12oz Savoy cabbage or spring greens, cored and very finely shredded
A squeeze lemon juice



1. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas 6, fan oven 180C. Remove the small fillet from the underside of each chicken breast and set to one side. Using a sharp knife make a vertical cut down the length of each chicken breast, but not all the way through to form a pocket.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the Edam, tomatoes, thyme and season well.

3. Spoon the Edam mixture into each chicken breast pocket. Fold over the flaps of the pocket and cover with the reserved chicken fillets to enclose the filling.

4. Wrap 1 ½ slices of Parma ham around each breast.

5. Heat a non-stick frying pan or griddle pan, lay in the chicken and sear for 2 minutes each side until golden. Transfer to the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

6. Just before serving, heat the olive oil in a wok, add the garlic and fry gently for 30 seconds. Add the cabbage and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until just wilted but still retaining a bite. Season well adding a squeeze of lemon juice. Divide in the centre of 4 warm serving plates.

7. Slice each chicken breast in half on the diagonal and place on top of the cabbage. Serve straight away.

Lesley’s Tips
• You can use thinly sliced pancetta or rindless, streaky bacon for wrapping around the chicken.
• If your pan isn’t ovenproof, transfer the chicken to a roasting tin.


Recipes4us Serving suggestions: 

Accompaniments:                Mashed Potatoes

Dessert:                                    Banana Soufflés





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Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Brown  to  -  To fry in very shallow  fat  over a high heat in order to colour the food and seal in the juices.

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.


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