Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Poulet Avec La Vache Qui Rit

I grew up eating Laughing Cow Cheese on crackers, but never actually cooked with it until I went to France as a foreign exchange student in high school.

Our French exchange student, Elodie, came back to visit us in Georgia as well, and she was so excited to find out that we have La Vache Qui Rit (The Cow Who Laughs) in the States, too! She made us this sinfully creamy seafood pie that involved Laughing Cow Cheese and creme fraiche. One day, I'll have to look up the recipe she left us and share it with you all.

I was so excited when I found this recipe for Laughing Cow Chicken because using the Laughing Cow Cheese, even in a simple dish, reminds me so much of Elodie!

PS: Sorry for the poor photo quality - my camera is still MIA, so these were taken with my cell phone!

Laughing Cow Chicken
Inspired by Elizabeth's Cooking Adventures and several other recipes I found online

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cleaned and pounded thin
2 sections of Laughing Cow Cheese (regular, light, or herbed)
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/2 cup of your favorite bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet or pot over medium heat and season with salt and pepper.

Spread one section of laughing cow cheese on each chicken breast. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Roll up and secure with toothpicks. Mix bread crumbs and salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Spray or brush each chicken roll with some olive oil or cooking spray. Dredge the chicken in the breadcrumb mixture.

Place the chicken in the hot olive oil. Cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes: chicken should sizzle and brown on the bottom. Turn and brown on the other side for about 2 minutes. Cover and bake in the oven for about 25-30 more minutes until chicken is cooked through (exact time will depend on the size of your chicken pieces). Remove toothpicks and serve with your favorite veggies!

This dish turned out so delicious, and it was so simple to make! Hubby loved this dinner.

The only thing I would change for next time is that I do NOT recommend using colored toothpicks - they were the only ones we had on hand, but they left a little colored mark when we took them out! It reminded me of Bridget Jones' blue soup . . . but not quite as bad. :-)

Made by Lena