Chicken Involtini with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Staying light and easy when you celebrate

Do you have many dinner parties? It was a question I was asked recently by the lovely Carolyn from Desire Empire. And I had to answer No, not much these days. And it got me to thinking, why not? Why don’t I have dinner parties anymore? I used to, there was rarely a weekend when I wasn’t cooking for friends and family. Spending hours planning, shopping and cooking was one of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday.

And then came Elly and Mia. Hours turned into minutes, shopping went from a pleasurable stroll to a manic speed derby and cooking became quick. Alas, dinner parties became rare.

Now that the girls a little older, it’s not so much matching a cooking time to their attention span that gets in the way but rather sport, grocery shopping, washing, cleaning and a myriad of other domestic chores that need to be done before the next week starts. But I think I’m going to start cooking for friends again. It’s something I love to do, so I should do it shouldn’t I? And this is what I’ll cook:

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my Chicken Involtini with Creamy Mushroom Sauce.

Oh yummy of yummy things to eat when it’s cold outside and you’re surrounded by great friends and good wine. Don’t be put off by the rolled chicken stuffed with creamy cheese deliciousness – it’s not difficult I promise. It’s a quick sauce (really quick and easy), a bit of chicken bashing (so cathartic) followed by a bit of rolling. It’s browned in a frying pan but the majority of the cooking is done in the oven (in the same frying pan) so you don’t need to do much and it’s done in about 30 minutes. Honestly, it looks so impressive but is easy peasy. Oh, and did I mention that it’s only 253 calories/1062.6 kilojoules per serve? Ta Da – easy, light indulgence dish that tastes amazing and won’t be hating on your diet.

Do you have many dinner parties these days? And do you call them dinner parties or something much more cool and now?

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Chicken Involtini with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

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Happy eating!

jay

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