Main Dishes

Chicken Bundles with Asparagus, Red Peppers and Carrot Spears in Rosemary Cream Sauce

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These litte bundles taste amazing and look wonderful. Chicken filled with asparagus, peppers, and carrots {in their own cute little package . . .} topped off with a Rosemary Cream Sauce – what’s not to love?

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4 chicken cutlets or thin sliced chicken breasts *(can use 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts prepared as below)

4-5 carrots (the real thing you have to peel)

1 large red bell peppers

1 bunch thin asparagus

1 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup chicken broth

1 clove garlic

¼ tsp dried rosemary, chopped

2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt

Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Cut carrots and red pepper into thin strips about the width of a ballpoint pen and about 3-4 inches long. Trim asparagus to the same length. Steam or blanch the vegetables for 3 or 4 minutes (so they are still slightly crisp – the carrots will take a little longer than the peppers and asparagus). Immediately run cold water over them to halt cooking. Set aside. *If you are using 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, you will need to slice each in half horizontally to make 4 cutlets. With a meat tenderizer, gently pound out each cutlet until it is thin and as even as possible. Cut each cutlet into 2 strips. Sprinkle each with salt and fresh ground pepper. Lay the vegetables across the chicken (5 or 6 carrots strips, 3 or 4 peppers and 1-2 asparagus) and roll up. Secure with a toothpick. In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium heat, cook the bundles seam side down until brown, then turn until all sides are brown about 15-20 minutes. (Once the bundle seals you can remove the toothpicks) Remove chicken from pan. In the hot pan, add the chicken broth and deglaze the pan (take a rubber spatula and remove all the bits and pieces stuck the bottom – lots of good flavor there). Add the garlic and then the cream. Add the rosemary (if using fresh just add a sprig and let it flavor the sauce as it cooks, then remove before serving). Let it boil for a minute or two while stirring, then turn it down and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve the chicken bundles on a bed of rice pilaf and spoon sauce over the top. Makes 8 chicken bundles. I usually double this recipe – they are great reheated (if you have any left over!)
Nutritions

Calories
362

Sodium
428mg
17% DV

Fat
29g
45% DV

Protein
4g
9% DV

Carbs
20g
6% DV

Fiber
5g
21% DV