Chicken Thigh Bracciole

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Using traditional Italian bracciole as inspiration, this Chicken Thigh Bracciole is just as flavorful, easy to make, and cooks in the slow cooker. You’ll come home to a fabulous meal for your family.

 

I stumbled on Jackie’s blog, Rediscover Lost Arts From Our Mothers.  I actually think it was her Bracciole recipe that I saw on either Pinterest or a link party that made me go to her blog and comment on it.  It just looked SO YUMMY!  *waves to Jackie*

 

What’s Bracciole?  Well, according to Wikipedia…

In Italian American and Italian Australian cuisine, braciole (the word is commonly pronounced /bra’zhul/ from the Sicilian language) is the name given to thin slices of meat (typically pork, chicken, or beef, and even swordfish) that are rolled as a roulade with cheese and bread crumbs and fried (the bread crumbs are often left off).

I had boneless chicken thighs last week for some reason or other, but I can’t remember why.  I know I was going to use them for the Chipotle Chicken Burgers.  Then wound up using the rest for the Massalé Roasted Chicken Thighs.  Yes, I know.  Those two recipes are flipped.  I MEANT to thaw out thighs with bones for the roasted thighs.  Sloth.  That is all.

 

Then I think someone else posted a recipe for it?  Or I saw it?  Or…something.  Hell I can’t remember what I did yesterday.  I have this book now…ya know?  My ideas book?  I should post a survey to see what y’all want to see from my “ideas” list.  *snort*  Oh.  That sounds like FUN!

 

Um…where was I?  Oh yeah.  So, I saw that and thought about the boneless thighs and thought…that sounds good!  Now.  What do I stuff it with.  Well, we’re going out of town this weekend and we have shrooms.  BINGO!

 

GENIUS!  I know…

 

Oh, and the storm of the century wasn’t.  It was more like a storm of the hour or maybe two at best?  It did affect the drive home.  Of course.  *sigh*

 

The commute commences with texts.

 

 

The trees down are reported here, here  and here.  Then for some reason unbeknownst to those of ON 15th street, they decided to close 15th between Pennsylvania and Constitution.  No tree.  No clue.  Just closed it.

 

Thank MACY you can just pull a U-ey in the middle of the road in DC.  Cops don’t even look at ya when ya do.  Hell…even THEY do it.

 

Of course, by this time, the rain has stopped, the road is dry, and people are still driving like it’s pouring out.  Go figure.  Hour and 10 estimated ETA for home.  GREAT.  *sigh*  66 sucks.  Just sayin.

 

I had a motley assortment of mushrooms to use up this week.  This is left over 3 large portobello caps and about half a package of cremini, which is just baby ports.  I know.  😛
 

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add butter and swirl to coat.  Saute mushrooms until soft and juices have released.  Cool completely.

 

Place a chicken thigh in between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet, heavy skillet, or rolling pin until 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  Set aside and repeat for remaining 7 chicken chicken thighs.

Place the cooled mushroom in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.  Combine mushrooms with garlic, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese in a small mixing bowl.

Place 1/8 cup of mushroom mixture down the center of a chicken thigh.  Roll the thigh up and secure with either toothpicks or kitchen twine.  Repeat with remaining chicken thighs.

Coat a the liner of a slow cooker with cooking spray.  Pour spaghetti sauce into the slow cooker and add any left over mushroom mixture.

Place chicken thighs in the slow cooker.

 
Spoon sauce over top.
 
Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or until chicken is cooked through.  Cook pasta according to package directions omitting salt and fat.  Strain.  Serve chicken thighs over pasta and top with 1 cup of sauce.
 
And voila!  Mangia!

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Chicken Thigh Bracciole

Chicken Thigh Bracciole

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Using traditional Italian bracciole as inspiration, this Chicken Thigh Bracciole is just as flavorful, easy to make, and cooks in the slow cooker. You'll come home to a fabulous meal for your family.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
  • 28 ounces spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces whole wheat angel hair pasta

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add butter and swirl to coat. Sauté mushrooms until soft and juices have released. Cool completely.
  2. Place a chicken thigh in between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet, heavy skillet, or rolling pin until 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Set aside and repeat for remaining 7 chicken thighs.
  3. Place the cooled mushroom in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  4. Combine mushrooms with garlic, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese in a small mixing bowl.
  5. Place 1/8 cup of mushroom mixture down the center of a chicken thigh. Roll the thigh up and secure with either toothpicks or kitchen twine. Repeat with remaining chicken thighs.
  6. Coat the liner of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour spaghetti sauce into the slow cooker and add any leftover mushroom mixture.
  7. Place chicken thighs in the slow cooker and spoon sauce over top.
  8. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or until chicken is cooked through.
  9. Cook pasta according to package directions omitting salt and fat. Strain.
  10. Serve chicken thighs over pasta and top with 1 cup of sauce.

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19 Comments

  1. Hear that? It's me laughing my butt off. I take things out of the freezer ahead of time (usually…well sometimes). Then I'm all "what the hell did I take this out for?" Bracciole is something I have never made. Looks good!
    Thank you for linking this week.
    Michelle @Ms. enPlace

  2. Mmm … this looks delicious! I love new recipes for chicken because I love chicken!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
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  3. Hi there! I am co-hosting this week on the Raising Imperfetion Sunday Link Party. Thanks for sharing your creations with us! I hope you found inspiration in all of the terrific posts.

    I host a (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and a TGIF Link Party at my place — A Peek Into My Paradise… http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/ I would love for you to link up and follow if you like what you see. =) I follow back – I love making new friends!

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  4. Gosh that looks awesome Christie. I don't know why but it seems I followed you on FB and Twitter but not here. While I was at it I've now followed you on Pinterest and IG. Popping over from the Let's Get Social party.

    Anne xx

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