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Phyllo Dough Rocks!
Thursday, January 8, 2009 | Time: 11:56 AM

I'm very excited about this 'new' recipe I discovered. After days of trying to figure out what to do with the last few chicken breasts I had in the 'fridge, as well as a few odds and ends in the freezer (such as a box of phyllo dough) I happened across this delightful recipe. I made my own changes, of course. I didn't have any tarragon as the recipe suggests, but I quickly realized this recipe could be super flexible. It uses mayo as a base, mixed with a little lemon juice, garlic and a savory herb, all of which is wrapped up in a pretty phyllo packet and baked. It takes all of about 5 minutes to prepare, if you have all the ingredients on hand.

Phyllo Chicken Packets
adapted from Allrecipes.com

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 12 sheets phyllo dough (18 inches x 14 inches)
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil or Butter Cooking Spray
  • Parmesan Cheese

  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic and rosemary; set aside.
  2. Place sheets of phyllo dough on a work surface with a short edge facing you. Portion 4 stacks side by side, of about 4 sheets each. (Or just eyeball it, divide up one package of dough into 4 sections). Spray with cooking spray to coat. (Note: Be sure and keep the remaining phyllo dough covered with plastic wrap to avoid drying out).
  3. Lightly sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Center one chicken breast on the lower third of one stack of phyllo. Spread about 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise mixture over chicken breast. Fold bottom edge over chicken, then fold in sides. Roll up jelly-roll style; set on baking tray or cookie sheet. (I like to use a cookie sheet with a rack on top, to keep things from getting soggy) Make three more chicken packets.
  4. Spray tops with cooking spray again to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve warm.

Thats it, it only takes a few minutes to put together.
You could do alot of things with this style of recipe. Like substitue different herbs, or add some cheese. Or use cream cheese and pesto instead of the mayo mixture. I suppose you could even make a sort of baked 'eggroll' with a few jullienned veggies like cabbage, carrot, uhh.. what else do you put in eggrolls? Anyway, eggroll stuff.
This was a fun recipe. I encourage anyone to try it! Its elegant too. And of course, easy, which is what I like most.


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