Sunday, April 20, 2008

Chicken *Parmesan Bundles

Yeah- another successful new meal to added to my favorites. Not too much work and it's good. I got the recipe here -again Kraftfoods is a great, quick, easy resource. If you haven't already, check it out.

4 oz. PHILADELPHIA Brick Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained ***I used a bit less
1-1/4 cups KRAFT Mozzarella Shredded Cheese, divided
6 Tbsp. KRAFT 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese, divided **I used fresh grated Romano
6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (1-1/2 lb./750 g), pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
1 egg
10 RITZ Crackers, crushed (about 1/2 cup)
1-1/2 cups pasta sauce, heated

PREHEAT oven to 375ºF. Mix cream cheese, spinach, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 3 Tbsp. of the Parmesan cheese until well blended; spread evenly onto chicken breasts. Starting at one of the short ends of each breast, roll up chicken tightly. Secure with wooden toothpicks, if desired. Set aside.
BEAT egg in shallow bowl or pie plate. Mix remaining 3 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese and the cracker crumbs in separate shallow bowl or pie plate. Dip chicken bundles in egg, then roll in crumb mixture. Place, seam-sides down, in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
BAKE 30 min. or until chicken is cooked through (170ºF). Remove and discard toothpicks, if using. Serve topped with the pasta sauce and remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.

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