The Last Supper

Well not quite – I’ve got a few creations backed up. But on Monday the oven went. So did the hob. And the sink, the cupboards and the washing machine. It’s all gone. Yes, we’re getting the kitchen redone but in the meantime its all take-aways and what you can create with a microwave.

Anyway that’s all for another post at some point in the distant future. To commemorate the end of our old, and to be honest totally crappy, kitchen we made cheese stuffed chicken with a barbeque sauce. And the adventurous eater acted as head chef.

The secret to good chicken dishes is to spend as much as you can on the chicken. Really good chicken breasts don’t dry out and there is nothing worse then dry breasts. So we purchased some very large corn-fed chicken breasts to start.

Then we purchased:

  • Pancetta
  • Mozzarella
  • Dijon mustard
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Creme fraiche
  • Some back bacon

For the barbeque sauce

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Dark soy sauce
  • Can chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • Salt and pepper

First thing’s first. We beat up that chicken until it was flattened out:

Then we mixed up the stuffing by combining the bacon, mustard, cheese and creme fraiche (also a bit of dairylea – sacrilege!).

We formed the filling into sausage shapes and laid it down the middle of the chicken. Then it was a simple matter of rolling the chicken around the filling:

Creating the sauce was easy – chuck all the ingredients in a pan and cook down (we added some miso sauce and smoked paprika for some reason – I think it was to hand is all).

The chicken was wrapped in pancetta and the sauce was poured all over:

Then they were oven baked for about half an hour. Served with chips and sweetcorn:

Another shot with that big bird opened up:

Even the fussy eater tried this bad boy. And they are chicken breasts even though they look like they came from an Ostrich!

But now the kitchen is gone. I only have a couple of dishes left to blog about. Might have to get round to Ma’s house. We can’t live off ready meals for a month.

18 thoughts on “The Last Supper

  1. I am sure you can tell I have a lot of catching up to do on your blog :). I wish I had seen this earlier (great recipe by the way, and thanks on the tip about good quality chicken breast). I would have recommended my all time favourite kitchen gadget, my electric wok. I make curries, casseroles (yeah, I slow cook in there too), and of course stir fries. But of course I probably haven’t considered you might not have the space anywhere in the kitchen with work being done.

  2. Looks like those chickens had been feeding on more than corn – more like super corn and some cheese grits, beer and cake. While those barbecue chicken breasts look delicious, I think I’d have been fine with just the cheese, bacon and pancetta. Cheers!

  3. I know it will be hard to do without your kitchen for what will seem like forever but I know the end result will be great. Just like your chicken supper.

  4. Whoa, you’re serious about this re-do. I’m anguished over the upcoming re-flooring project although the hold up is decided on replacing the center island but my project isn’t even close to yours. I had to google ‘hob’ – would that be the:
    1. A shelf or projection at the back or side of a fireplace, used for keeping food or utensils warm.
    2. A tool used for cutting the teeth of machine parts, as of a gearwheel. or did you get rid of this hob?

    1. Chiefly British A hobgoblin, sprite, or elf.

  5. Our kitchen was redone about ten years ago and I still remember the chaos it caused. Best of luck with it. The meal looks great -cheese stuffed chicken is one of my all-time favourites! Never thought of doing it this way, I’ll definitely be trying it though

  6. It’s so awesome to have a brand-spanking new kitchen.. I can’t wait to see what comes out of your new oven.. In the meantime, that’s a massive, rolled chicken dish.. My family would love that one as well! I love the outer layer of pancetta to keep the moisture in!

  7. Looks very good! Anything wrapped in pancetta is a solid gold dish in my book!

    Sounded like the kitchen renovation was much needed. Glad to hear that it is getting underway! How long did they estimate it will take to finish everything? I can understand feeling a little strange without a kitchen. It will feel so good once you get back in there with all new and working appliances!

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