May 21, 2016
Corn & Black Bean Stuffed Chicken "Finger" Roulades ♥ Small Plates For Sunny Days - #Recipe ReDux Challenge May 2016
Back from our vacation well rested, well fed and inspired by creative chefs all throughout the southeastern coast of North Carolina, I am ready to get my food groove on.
These small bytes are a combination of two appetizers we ordered in the cutest 'lil local Wilmington, NC watering hole.
While I know mostly everyone is totally familiar with all the ways to stuff vegetables, meats or wraps with corn & black beans, I like that these finger foods are made from thin strips of pounded chicken breasts that have been coated with finely crushed corn tortilla chips, rolled to form a cup that were then stuffed with a teaspoon of a chili-spiced corn & bean salsa and topped with just enough lite cheese to hold it all together.
Small Plates For Sunny Days
theme suggested by Robin @robinsbite.com
Small bites are perfect for trying many different tastes. Take tapas style eating outside for al fresco dining or a simple picnic or maybe for small bites at a bridal or baby shower or a graduation party. They gals at The Recipe ReDux challenged us to show them our healthy take on small plates and finger foods.
I used chicken breasts instead of tenders because I know that pounding them to be equally thin would tear at the tender meat and chicken breasts sliced into long thin strips could take the beating. I get 10-11 (1-inch thick) strips cut longways from one average chicken breast. I could have made more but I did not want to waste a good breast if the recipe did not work so the measurements for this recipe are for one breast. Easy to double for 20 or triple for 30, etc.
I assembled mine to the point of heating right before serving. If you have the room in your fridge, I would place them into the mini muffin tins and cover with foil to store until ready to bake-off.
Up to this point it was going smoothly but there were a few boo-boos. This is why we should test a few times before posting.
When I sized the strips of raw chicken I did take into consideration that shrinkage would occur but a few strips didn't quite make the grade. Since this babies were to be filled, the chicken strips need to complete a solid circle and overlap at the ends.
Since I only had 11, I decided that the filling would have to act as glue so they do not fall apart from plate to mouth.
I bought this neat silicon mat that is covered with pyramids so that the food can 'sit up' off the bottom and fry-bake with no oil. My first try and it was love at first sight.
I already am planning on eggplant for Parmesan, every meat for Milanese and sweet potato fries.....yummy!!
Took only 5 minutes to bake at 450 degrees. Seem like not enough time?
They need to be pliable so that when placing them into a muffin tin they will not break.
Don't worry, they will continue to cook once the filling is dropped in with a dusting of cheese
The will get a nice crunch on them and be sturdy enough to use your fingers.
OK, here's my review.
These were tasty but I did have to make a lime crema. Not as good as I envisioned, to me they were a tad on the dry side (The Nudge disagreed but that coming from a man who loves everything well done).
I think the black beans were the culprits. Next time I make these (and there will be a next time), I will halve the amount of beans and double the corn & peppers. I also think quinoa or rice would lighten up the mix. The taste was spot on and not overly taco.
The Nudge took the last 4 along with his lunch, to work, and if he doesn't care for something he would not do that.
Let's get cooking........
You will need:
Plastic wrap or a zip bag cut down the sides to open flat
One packet of taco or fajita seasonings, choose your favorite.
A can of shoe peg corn (they are smaller and crunchier)
Black beans, rinsed and drained.
Sun dried tomatoes in oil.
A poblano pepper or jalapeno.
Parmesan or Cotijo cheese.
Large chicken breast.
Corn tortillas, soft or baked.
One egg white.
Ancho powder or good quality chili powder.
Release agent of choice (I use Pam)
Makes 10-11 bites
* 1 (1.25 oz) packet Mexican seasoning, or 1.25oz jarred spices
* 1/4 cup minced poblano or jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
* 1/4 cup shoe peg corn
* 1/4 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
* 1 large chicken breast, sliced into 1/2" long slices (about 10-11 slices)
* 2 large sun dried tomatoes, minced
* 1 tablespoon Parmesan or Cotijo cheese, ground
* 1 egg white
* 5 oz fresh corn tortillas or baked tortilla chips, pulverized (1 1/2 cups)
* Vegetable oil
* Ancho or chili powder to taste
* Tequila, optional
* 1 tablespoon shallot or chives, chopped fine
* Neutral flavored release agent (aka Pam)
Wash & clean and slice lengthwise into 1/2" strips.
Place each strip between plastic wrap and pound until they are paper thin without tearing
Mix 1 tablespoon Mexican seasonings with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and add the chicken to marinade until ready to bread.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place a cookie sheet in oven to preheat.
Process tortillas and pour into a container large enough to bread the chicken strips. Add 1 tablespoon seasonings to the crumbs and stir.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and add to the egg white.
Place 2-3 strips in the crumbs and press to coat on both sides.
Reserve any egg whites not used.
Spray the cookie sheet with the release agent and line the breaded chicken strips in rows, without touching each other.
Spray the tops again and bake for 5 minutes.
Remove to cool.
In a fry pan coated with vegetable oil, saute the peppers for 2 minutes. Add the tequila, corn, tomatoes, chives/shallots, black beans, the reserved chicken marinade and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove to a bowl and cool. Add reserved egg whites, 1 tablespoon cheese, the last of the the seasonings and stir to combine.
In a mini muffin tin, place 1 chicken strip in each cup, wrapping so both ends overlap. Continue until all the strips are done.
Using a teaspoon fill each chicken strip with stuffing, gently pressing. You should use up almost all of it. Sprinkle each bite with grated cheese and bake for 5-6 minutes more.
Remember, everything is already cooked, we need to just heat through to cook the egg white and melt the cheese.