With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups Birthday Lunch

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups Birthday Lunch

This is the entree I served for my friend's birthday lunch last week.
As our birthdays pile up, she cleverly declared we would call our lunch a fall festival!
I gathered a few Thanksgiving decorations I had for the table and though the day was rainy and chilly, these dear friends filled the room with warmth and laughter! 

Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups
Source: Southeast United Dairy Industry Association
1/4 cup butter
1 medium onion, diced
4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
6 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained, each cut lengthwise into halves
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, cubed
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sour cream
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Muenster cheese, divided
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
Chopped fresh parsley
*To toast almonds, spread in single layer on baking sheet. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently.
Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and mushrooms; cook and stir until tender. Add chicken, wine, tarragon, salt and pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer very gently until chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Form each lasagna noodle half into a circle; place in greased 13×9-inch baking dish.  Using a slotted spoon, fill center of lasagna rinds with chicken.  To wine mixture remaining in skillet, add cream cheese, heavy cream, sour cream, 3/4 cup Swiss cheese and 1/2 cup Muenster cheese.  Heat until cheese melt, stirring frequently. (Do not boil)  Pour over lasagna rings. Sprinkle remaining cheeses and almonds.

Bake 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly; sprinkle with parsley. Garnish as desired.
Makes 6 servings

RECIPE NOTE:  I haven't tried it, but I am thinking I could use leftover turkey (or chicken) in place of the raw chicken.  Maybe 2-3 cups of cooked turkey instead of the three chicken breasts.  I would just add it after cooking the onion and mushrooms.
~The Table~
The rich and dark hues of purple, red and green against the bright white and chartreuse accents created a modern contrast. 
  Wooden Pilgrims and Indians made their annual November appearance
 A tiny ceramic turkey that I painted when I was 15 years old and found in my moms belongings fit right in. Small, take-home Shasta daisy bouquets were made from the last blossoms from my garden bed. The place card  holders were picked up recently from a garage sale.
 Maple leaf shaped dishes from Michael's were used for dessert.
I will be sharing the delicious recipe for peach crisp from another blogger soon!
Italian Wedding Soup filled the bowls as a first course and the girls brought a salad and an Artisan bread to round out the menu.
  The green bowl, napkins and place mats were also from my mom.
 I used a matelass√© coverlet as a tablecloth for texture and interest.

And a pair of old Hallmark salt and pepper shakers, with their sweet little faces, peeked out from below the bowl of flowers.
linking to: Let's Dish @Cuisine Kathleen


Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

OH MY! this is yummy and the photography is outstanding as always. I know I will be using the recipe with left over turkey.

GOD bless your and yours this coming Thanksgiving.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

I must say beautiful and tasty all at the same time.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Cheryl said...

Lorraine, your table is simply gorgeous! What a treat to share a delicious birthday lunch with good friends!

Barbara F. said...

Everything looks lovely and the food sounds yummy. Happy Thanksgiving! xo

podso said...

Lorraine, this is such a delight to read and see your beautiful photos! I'm sure your guests were blessed to be around your pretty table and eat the delicious food! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Red Couch Recipes said...

The roll ups look delicious! Your table is lovely. My MIL has those same Hallmark S and P shakers and she uses them every year. Have a great Thanksgiving. Joni

Traci said...

The food looks delicious & the table is gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving!

Gypsy Heart said...

So beautiful! You are an incredible cook too. I will definitely try this dish.

Wishing you and yours a blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving!


Melissa said...

The rollups look so good! and I love your photos.

Your table settings are so pretty!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ann said...

The table looks beautiful and the meal divine.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Lorraine! I think turkey would taste wonderful in these rollups - great recipe and beautiful table. Love your painted turkey :)

Susan said...

The chicken roll-ups look lush and your table is beautiful, LDH! Classy!

Thank you for being my friend and being a faithful follower, too. I am very thankful for you! Susan

Pam Price said...

Yummy Can't wait to try this recipe with leftover turkey. Your table setting is lovely and I'm sure each guest felt honored and secial. Have a very Blessed Thanksgiving!

NanaDiana said...

That sounds wonderful, Lorraine. I bet it would be good with turkey, too.

I love your table with your vintage s&p shakers. I see that you have some of Pat Olson's Pilgrims and Indians, too. I must have painted 50 sets of those for craft shows years ago using her pattern.

Happy Thanksgiving to you- xo Diana

Marigene said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely table!
May you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

allisamazing said...

Your table is beautiful and the colors of your floral centerpiece are stunning. Happy Thanksgiving!

Debbie Petras said...

This looks delish! I pinned the recipe so I could come back and make it later. Your table always looks so inviting. I think you should have your own Food Network show!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings and love,

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Wow! What a lovely party, from the painted pilgrims to the chicken entree. It seems you have not overlooked the smallest detail.

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

These look amazing! It is my first time here and your recipes looks delicious, cant wait to pin them and actually make some!
PS: your friends are lucky to have someone like you that would make such a devine feast!

Pondside said...

What a beautiful celebration it must have been. I am always on the lookout for new luncheon recipes and will certainly give this one a try.

Kathleen said...

What a lovely table, Lorraine. Everything looks wonderful!
I hope you had a grand time with your family. We enjoyed seeing our son and his 5. Dil's sisters have a gaggle of kids between them too, so it was very noisy!

Alycia Nichols said...

Wow, I had a pair of those Hallmark salt & pepper shakers! I think I gave them away when we moved. Aaarrrgghhh! I look at them now and don't know what I was thinking!!! Your floral arrangements are all so pretty! How sweet to make take-home bouquets for all! So wonderful that you still had some living! Everything here has been dead as a doornail for weeks now. Great job on your place cards, too! The little caramels in front are a nice touch. What a beautiful luncheon for your friend!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Your photography, your tablescape and the chicken recipe are well worth every minute I spent here. You are one talented lady!


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