Well hello there. Lover.
Actually, I want to see if you can guess what’s stuffed inside those thar chicken breasts raht up thar.
Spinach, right on.
ARE YOU MOUTHING SAUERKRAUT IN DENIAL? I thought so.
Come here, hold my hand.
This is something my mom used to make when I was growing up, back in the 1930s. (<—just kidding.) The original recipe comes from an oooold restaurant in Little Rock, AR back in the 1920s (<—just kidding). Apparently people would flock to the restaurant to order their signature dish, CAFE CHICKEN, and they’d lose their freaking minds with every bite. Then I think eveeeeentually the restaurant shut down, and someone printed the recipe (or close to it) in the local newspaper in the mid 1980s (<—not kidding this time). Everyone lost their minds again, yadda yadda YADDA. And here we are.
My version. It’s not exactly like the original, but close.
You still with me?
Just slice in half and pound out two chicken breasts. You’ll layer some sauerkraut (don’t even try to hate this. it’s coming for you.), fresh mozzarella, and baby spinach. Simple. You got this.
Then roll up each little chicken canoe, and secure it with toothpicks. Snuggle them in a pan, and brush each roll with melted butter. Sprinkle with a little smoked paprika, and wipe that tear away.
After 30 minutes in the oven, you’ll mix together a wee bit of honey with your favorite bbq sauce. The restaurant used A1 I believe, so if that’s your jam, make your life happy. Pour it on and around the chicken rolls, and bake for a little bit more. That’s it, babe.
Well good grief. ^^^
That cheese. It’s oozing out into the sauce so you better have something, ANYTHING nearby to punch square in the face.
Oh, you want more? I see how it is.
Okay, the honey + bbq sauce? Insanity.
The mozz + spinach + surprise tang of the sauerkraut? Straight up LIFE MERRIMENT.
I’m telling you, this is something you can’t turn away from. It will hunt you down. It will find you. And it will ki- KISS you. It will kiss you. Swear I was going to say kiss. I was.
This photo is just in case you needed to see the cheese oozage from the other end of the canoe.
You can serve it up anyway you like! Roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli, lots of lemon for MOUTH POW.
Winner winner chicken di!- no.
And don’t even try to snub the ‘kraut. It knows you’re there.