Sunday, February 5, 2012

"Super" help in the kitchen....

What a lucky day!  Little Munchkin was here to be my kitchen helper on Saturday, and we had a great time!  Valentine cookies are just not the same without her creativity.:-) Her big brother was involved in reading the first Harry Potter book, but he did come to offer help in setting things on the table.:-)

Boneless, skinless chicken  breasts are to be pounded to 1/4-inch thickness.

The chicken is then seasoned with a combination of dried basil,  garlic salt, salt, and pepper.

The chicken is then topped with thinly sliced ham.

After rolling up, the chicken is drizzled with lemon juice, sprinkled with paprika, and baked.
After chilling, the chicken is sliced into 1/4-inch slices and arranged on a plate, here in the center of the table.
What better dessert for our "Super Lunch" than those Valentine cookies?
She also helped arrange the Chicken Ham Pinwheels on the plate for our "Super Bowl Party" lunch.  That is the recipe I am sharing with you today.  I hope you will be able to overlook the poor photography.  I keep trying to improve, and there is certainly a lot of room for that!

This recipe has been in my files for a very long time.  It appeared in the December 1969 issue of Better Homes and Gardens, one of those "Prize Tested Recipes."  It can easily be multiplied to suit your needs.


2 chicken breasts, skinned and boned
1/8 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash pepper
dash garlic salt
3 thin slices cooked ham
2 teaspoons lemon juice

- Place chicken breasts skinned side down on board; pound to 1/4-inch thickness.  Combine basil, salt, pepper, and garlic salt; sprinkle on chicken.  Place 1 1/2 slices ham on each chicken breast to cover; roll up lengthwise with ham inside.  Place both rolls, seam side down, in 10 x 6 x 1 1/2-inch baking dish.  Drizzle with lemon juice; sprinkle with paprika.  Bake in 350 degree F oven for 35-40 minutes or till chicken is tender.  Chill; cut into 1/4-inch slices.  Makes about 24 slices.

I will divulge a little secret.:)  I actually assembled this chicken several days ago and placed it in the freezer.  After I thawed it in the refrigerator on Thursday, it was ready for baking on Friday.  After chilling overnight, all that needed to be done before serving was the slicing.  With slices of whole wheat cocktail bread and choice of mustards alongside, it was a good choice for easy serving.

Other food on the table included Ranch Oyster Crackers (very popular with the Munchkins), California 3-Bean Chili, and homemade Pimento Cheese Spread.  I will share these recipes throughout the week.

Tomorrow, however, I will be preparing the meal for the adult day enrichment program at our church for serving on Tuesday.  On the menu will be Gone All Day Stew, Two-week Slaw, and Cornbread Muffins.  The recipes for the stew and cornbread have already been posted, so the slaw recipe will be featured on the next post.

Thank you for reading.  I love reading your comments.


  1. Looks good to me...and love the Valentines' Day cookies. How fun to have a "helper" xo Diana

  2. Another great one!! Thanks for the recipe; I think I can actually do this one without too much effort! Yes, your Munchkins are both very special little people, and I know you enjoy their visits. I'm sure they enjoy them as well!