New Year's Dinner ~ Mushroom Bacon Ricotta Stuffed Chicken with Mustard Sauce

This dish is a recreation of my friend's this past Sunday lunch. She ordered it and I instantly thought Wow! I must give this a try at home. Since it is New Year's day and I wanted to do something special for hubby...voila! This was what we had for dinner. The recipe might look complicated but this is a simple dish that takes nearly no effort to cook. Enjoy luvs!

Mushroom Bacon Ricotta Stuffed Chicken (2 pax)

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast; halved and pounded thin

1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried parsley
1/8 tsp dried rosemary
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp sea salt

2/3 cup mushroom; sliced
2 strips bacon; cubed
2 cloves garlic; minced
1 shallot; minced 

1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

1 egg
1 tbs milk

4 tbs Olive oil

1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbs grainy mustard
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp flour
Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking method:
1. Add all breading ingredients together except egg and milk. Stir and mix it well.
2. Beat egg with milk slightly and set aside.
3. Heat 1 tbs olive oil in pan and cook shallot and garlic till fragrant and then add bacon. Cook till bacon starting to crisp.
4. Add mushroom and cook for 3 minutes or until wilted. Take mixture off heat and set aside to cool completely.
5. Mix all stuffing ingredients with mushroom/bacon mixture. 
6. Spoon the stuffing mixture equally down the center of each breast.  Roll the chicken up tucking up any stuffing that comes out of the sides.  Secure the rolls with toothpicks.
7. Dip chicken in egg wash and roll it in breading mixture.
8. Heat 3 tbs oil in pan and cook chicken, seam side down first. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through.
9. To make sauce: drain all remaindering oil but do NOT wash the pan after cooking chicken. Instead heat it up and add all sauce ingredients in pan and cook until sauce thickens up.
10. Serve sauce with chicken as a side or pour all over chicken. Enjoy!

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