Chicken Breasts Cooked In Parchment Paper
I just cannot believe how easy it is to cook a meal in parchment paper. The chicken breasts came out very tender and flavorful. If you have not tried this method of cooking before you might want to give it a try.
2 Chicken Breasts
8 Strips of Organic Bacon
1/2 Cup Chopped Green Onions
6 Chopped Garlic Cloves
1 Cup Salsa
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1 Chopped Jalapeno Pepper
Preheat your oven to 350° F. In two large pieces of parchment paper place 4 strips each of the organic bacon. On top of the bacon sprinkle the chopped green onions, chopped jalapeno and chopped garlic. Place the chicken breasts on top of the bacon pile and salt and pepper the tops of the chicken. Place 1/2 cup salsa on top of each chicken breast. Close up the parchment paper up around the contents and tie the top with butcher string. Place in a baking pan and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Open the parchment packages and transfer to either a serving platter or individual plates. Serve with a green salad and diced pineapple. Serves 2
I love cooking in parchment packets or “en papillote.” It gives big rewards without much effort. Cooking chicken or fish with vegetables in a sealed parchment paper packet may look fancy, but it’s actually a great no frills technique. Just place a few ingredients into the packets and let them do their work. You can prepare most ahead of time. They lock in flavor and moisture and are impressive looking. You can fold pretty much any way you want as long as you create a tight seal. Create your own recipes with protein, vegetables and herbs that you have on hand. Cook in the oven or on the grill.
Technique: Fold a 14×12” piece of parchment paper in half. Using kitchen shears cut the parchment into a heart shape. Arrange vegetables and herbs on one side of the paper. Top with fish or chicken. Add olive oil or butter and a splash of wine to keep the meat moist and create a sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Brush the edges of the paper with a beaten egg white for a tighter seal. Working from one end begin by tightly folding the open edge of the paper. Continue folding the paper’s open edge to form a seal. Transfer the packet to a rimmed baking sheet and bake or grill.