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As a general rule I do not use my microwave for cooking meals. I admit it is mostly reserved for popcorn, re-heating last nights' dinner and a couple of really yummy appetizer dips. But out of necessity at one point when my oven was on the blink, I ventured into the realm of actually cooking in the microwave.
I must say most of the attempts were simply awful. The food was hard and rubbery on the edges and undercooked in the middle. But being as I needed to feed myself and take out had long lost its appeal, I trudged on.
Then I stumbled on a recipe that looked promising. It contained everything I liked - Pasta, chicken, cheese and spaghetti sauce. So I gave it a go. I was skeptical. All the chicken I have ever cooked in the microwave was so rubbery you could bounce it on the kitchen floor.
The moment of truth was at hand. I opened the microwave and looked in. It looked appetizing. I served up a portion, and with a little trepidation, I tasted. It was good, really good. The chicken was not like a super ball and was cooked all the way through! Finally, a good microwave dish. I wasn't going to starve.
Well, that was nearly 10 years ago and I still make this dish in the microwave and I still like it as much now as I did then. So I have decided to share it with you. I hope you like it as much as I do. My microwave is approximately 750W. If you have a significantly lower or higher wattage, you may need to adjust the cooking time.
Stuffed Chicken Rolls
2 boneless whole chicken breasts, skin removed, cut in half
1/3 cup Ricotta Cheese
2 Tbls. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbls sliced green onion
¼ tsp. Basil
¼ tsp oregano
¼ tsp thyme
Dash of Salt
Dash of pepper
1 Jar (15 ½ oz) extra-thick spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
12 oz cooked Linguine pasta
Pound each chicken breast half between two sheets of plastic wrap to ¼ inch thickness. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine ricotta and Parmesan cheese, onion, basil, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Mix well. Spread ¼ of the cheese mixture down the center of each breast half. Fold in sides and roll up, enclosing filling. Secure with wooden picks. Arrange stuffed rolls, seam-side down, in a 9-inch square microwave safe baking dish. Pour spaghetti sauce over chicken. Cover with wax paper. Microwave at High for 11-15 minutes, or until chicken is firm and no longer pink, rotating dish twice. Remove wooden picks. Top with Mozzarella cheese. Reduce power to 50%. Microwave for 2 to 4 minutes. Serve over Linguine Pasta.
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