Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chicken Breast Rolls Filled With A Rice Stuffing (Safeenat Djaj Ma'hshi)

One of the tummies flipped through Abla's Lebanese Kitchen which is a gift from him and requested for this  rather complicated looking dish. I went through the ingredients very briefly and said yes as it is actually quite a simple dish to prepare. I served the stuffed chicken with the recommended side dishes and it was a memorable dinner on a very cold and wet night. For our first meal using recipe from the book, click HERE for the equally delicious and festive looking Abla's chicken and rice. 

recipe adapted from Abla Amad's Lebanese Kitchen
serves 3
you'll need;
preheat oven to 250 C
3 free range chicken breasts, butterflied
1/4 black pepper
1/4 tsp of all spice
2 tbs of lemon juice
1 tbs of olive oil

for the filling;
1/4 cup of basmati rice, boiled for 10 minutes and drained
1 tbs of olive oil
1/4 cup of pine nuts, fry with a little olive oil til golden
3 tbs of blanched almonds, halved and fry with a little olive oil til golden
50 g of spinach, cleaned and coarsely chopped
2 spring onions, chopped
1/4 cup of raisins
1/4 tsp of all spice
1/4 tsp of black pepper
salt to taste
1 tbs of lemon juice
Mix everything well just before rolling.

Prepare the filling and set aside.

Butterfly chicken breasts and flatten and even out the chicken with a rolling pin.

Place 1/3 of the stuffing on one side of the butterflied breast and roll tightly.

Secure with toothpicks. Not my favourite thing to do.

Heat a little olive oil in a pan and pan fry the rolls in batches til golden all over.

Remove toothpicks, season with salt, pepper, all spice and bake for 20 minutes. Baste occasionally with lemon juice and olive oil. Rest before slicing.

Serve sliced chicken roll with a side dish of herbed potato salad and dressed spinach leaves.


  1. Another light and yummy recipe!
    Love the ingredients!
    A delicious dish!
    B xx

  2. hi tummyyyy!!! waaahhhh, nmpk sgt interesting lorr! i tak tahu dah baper byk list menu u yg i dah listed hihihi... neway, i dah buat ur aromatic soy poached chicken tu ;-) yummmyy sgt! thanks again! :-)

  3. woooww..hebat...sangt yummy...

  4. WOW! Lebanese food for this week? I must come to your house everyday ;DD

  5. There is always something exciting on your table :) It looks like a restaurant meal!

  6. What a splendid dish! Love the rice stuffing, not sure if I am confident about the rolling part though.

  7. I'm loving this recipe!! Its a meal all by itself!

  8. Fabulous meal! I am going to look for the book!

  9. I think it makes a good one-dish meal too!

  10. Interesting. You have given me an idea. If it works, I shall have to thank you!

  11. I love all things stuffed, they just look so appetising!

  12. That looks delightful. It's been freezing up this way too.

  13. Very gourmet like. Love this recipe a lot. As much as the Roti jala Post.

  14. I first thought it was a restaurant review lol. Great dish and thanks for sharing!

  15. Harriet from CarltonJune 29, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Great festive looking dish and it doesn't seem too hard at all.

  16. A light and very yummy chicken roll!

  17. Hey guys, a Labenese week! Sounds great to me. Both the chicken & potato salad look super tasty. Enjoy & have a great day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  18. This looks fantastic. I never think to make a filled chicken breast. Great pictures, too.

  19. hi tummy another great diah from you..nampak sedap..sesuai untuk makcik dibulan puasa nanti..

  20. Betty,
    Thank you very much!
    It is quite light and very easy too xxx

    ijayuji ,
    Oh dah lihat post tu. Lebih menarik dari saya punya hehe

    izahdaut ,
    Terima kasih ye!

    This week is a mix batch lol Come visit anytime.

    Thank you very much! Just a very simple dish.

    Priya ,
    Haha thank you!

    darren ,
    Thank you! It is not that difficult. I did use more toothpicks than I should lol

    Sinful Southern Sweets,
    Thank you! Absolutely!

    Tricia F ,
    Thank you! Please do!

    tigerfish ,
    Thank you! I think so too!

    penny ,
    Oh I can't wait for that creation of yours!

    pigpigscorner ,
    Thank you! Me too. Something very comforting about food with stuffing.

    shaz ,
    Thank you! Keep warm!

    Cool Lassi(e) ,
    Thank you very much! Have you try the roti jala recipe yet?

    LMH ,
    Haha I will leave reviewing to others. Thank you!

    Harriet ,
    Thank you! Not hard at all.

    Thank you very much!

    My Little Space ,
    Thank you very much! This week is international week I think hehe

    All Our Fingers in the Pie,
    Thank you very much!

    mohdandmeriam ,
    Terima kasih makcik! Memang sesuai untuk bulan puasa :)

  21. Looks quite complicated but I'm dead sure that nothing is difficult for you! The chicken rolls look so delicious.

  22. Yum Yum! I love the filling and the way you make it need lots of patience but it's worth! Love it!

  23. Great recipe! I love everything about it!

  24. This sounds great! Love it with all the pine nuts! You did a fabulous job stuffing them, very neat looking and a great presentation with slicing them! Way to go! Good job!

  25. It looks so colorful and healthy! I bet it tastes as good as it looks. Very nice job!

  26. yummm yummmm!! this is what i call a very healthy and filling dish!!

  27. Another great recipe! This looks sooo good!

  28. O yum! Hooray for Abla, congratulations to you!

  29. amazing, you tummies are eating gourmet dishes like this every day :p

  30. Wow! That sounds amazing! 3 dishes in 1 - the rice, the vegies and the chicken. Amazing! One of the best chicken breast recipes I've seen. Thanks for sharing!

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