Spicy chicken roulades in tomato sauce

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Time 1h10m Difficulty Easy Serves 4
  • 1 lb sliced chicken breast
  • 18 oz tomato passata (pureed tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons of finely-chopped parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 oz freshly grated pecorino cheese
  • 2 oz freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • herbs (rosemary, mint, bay leaves, sage) to taste
  • 7 fl oz dry white wine
  • 1 fresh red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

To make the chicken roulades, slice each breast fillet through the middle to make 2 thinner fillets. Trim the edges to neaten, if necessary. Lay out the slices of breast fillet side by side on a work surface.
Put a little parsley on each slice, reserving some for later use, then divide up the garlic, pecorino and Parmesan, and use to cover each slice. Season with salt and black pepper.
Roll up the chicken into roulades, starting from one of the short edges, and secure with toothpicks or cocktail sticks. Add the remaining parsley, the mint, bay leaves, rosemary and sage to a heavy pan over a medium heat with the oil. Quickly brown the roulades on all sides.
When they are nicely browned, pour over the white wine and continue cooking until the wine has reduced, turning the roulades from time to time. Add the tomato passata, sprinkle the chilli and season with salt. Cover the pan and leave to simmer over a gentle heat for 20 minutes.
When the roulades are cooked, sprinkle with chopped basil and serve immediately.