Here's something most of you might not know about me: I used to be a personal chef. I actually had my own business called "In Your Kitchen". I would go to people's houses and cook meals that could be frozen and than later reheated and enjoyed. I spent about 8 hours at their house cooking, but when I was gone, their was no sign I was there except 2 weeks worth of dinners in their freezers. Those dinners were left with instructions on how to properly thaw and reheat each meal. Yep, that's right...my very own personal chef business. Why am I not still doing it? Well, at the time I was living by myself, working a full time job, and trying to cram in as many clients as I could on a weekend so that I could still pay all my bills....and well, I'll be honest...I started to hate it. I was spending my entire time off cooking for other people and it became a job. I was making no time for myself and I started to not look forward to cooking. I knew I didn't want to continue if it was something I was going to hate. So, I stepped back, re-evaluated things, and decided that I needed to put the personal chef business on hold until a time came where it could be my only job. As time has gone by, I have considered starting it up again, but now I believe that I need more schooling to be the actual personal chef I really, truly, know I can be. Maybe some day that time will come, but for now, I am happy just having a large collection of recipes from the United States Personal Chef Institute at my fingertips!
This recipe is one that comes from that collection. I have a few favorites, of course, and this would be one of them. I just like the convenience of being able to freeze them. I like that they are in little pouches of crispy goodness. I like that they are versatile; you can truly put whatever ingredients you want in there. And of course, I like that it really takes no time at all to make. Oh, and let's not forget the taste. I LOVE the taste. It's just a good mix of creamy cheeses, flavorful chicken, and a crispy outside texture.
P.S....check out the one year ago link at the end of this post...some good ideas for this years Super Bowl party!!
Italian Chicken Bundles
Adapted from the United States Personal Chef Institute
1 1/2 cups chicken (cut into small bit sizes pieces)
3 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese (you could use grated)
3 Tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
10 egg roll wrappers
Tomato Sauce (homemade or store bought)
additional parmesan or mozzarella cheese for topping if desired
Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder. In a non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. To the skillet, add the parmesan, mozzarella, cream cheese, oregano, and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a 12 cup muffin tin, brush half of the melted butter into 10 of the 12 cups. Carefully press one egg roll wrapper into a muffin cup and fill with the chicken mixture. Close the wrapper over the filling and brush with some of the remaining melted butter. Continue until all 10 muffin tins are completed.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned on the top. Carefully remove from the muffin tin; top with warmed sauce and cheese if desired. Enjoy!
***If you aren't going to eat all 10 bundles, you can freeze them to enjoy at another time. Once baked, allow to cool completely. Wrap separately in aluminum foil then place in a large freezer ziploc bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to use again, thaw in the refrigerator the night before the day of consumption. Unwrap from aluminum foil and place on microwave safe plate. Heat for 2-3 minutes and than topped with heated sauce and cheese.***
One Year Ago: Super Bowl Count Down...Take One: Appetizers