Doesn’t that look yummy? I can tell you it was! So are the leftovers. Just like when I make [most] Italian dishes it seems they’re even better the following day. Sometimes, when Spring hits and warmer weather, I don’t do a lot of heavy meals – especially during the week. Since this is chicken it doesn’t [to me] have that extra full feeling after eating. I tend to make it more than lasagna or a baked spaghetti during the warmer times of year due to that and since I’m cooking “for two” as my son, you all know, just won’t eat anything other than tenders or nuggets.
It has a little kick to it (and my daughter loves that way more than I do – you don’t have to be heavy handed with it; I tend to like the spiciness more when it’s cooler out) which adds to this dish plus it was super cold for a little over a week after being in the high 70’s. Then it warmed up and then dropped 20 degrees overnight! Brrr! I don’t know how those of you in colder climates do it. Hats off to y’all! Of course, it has warmed up again today; “supposedly” tomorrow it will be chilly again and just play with us a few more days until it settles down. I think it’s going to skip Spring [again] and just jump to Summer. Bleh. I so miss having a Spring and Fall.
My daughter loves anything wrapped or rolled up. It’s easy for her to eat and for those of you looking at portion sizing it helps too. Or if you’re looking for an easy way to make sure you have enough for everyone you’re serving – well, you are the one rolling and can decide ahead of time how many lasagna noodles you need. (Or use large shells or even manicotti shells.)
Pssst little secret … I cheated with the chicken. I asked the kids to help make the list for the week. I got the usual from my son. I got the usual from my daughter until I asked: “what should we make for dinner” … and I waited. And waited. The norm. I just could not bear another club sandwich or grilled cheese at that moment. Or pancakes for dinner – even though I love breakfast for dinner. I wanted to make something we could eat for a night or two – again. Break up the monotony. We were almost finished shopping and I asked one last time. By now it was much later than it was when I asked the first time. We happened to be standing near the deli and you could smell the rotisserie chicken’s and other items they were making and putting out. She looked over and told me how hungry it was making her and then she asked if I could make that chicken lasagna roll *lol* Sure ….
So yes, I bought a rotisserie chicken that they’d just put out. Traditional. In other words: plain. No barbecue, no lemon pepper, no nothing. If I was making it myself it would be plain too – well, like theirs with just seasoning it as it should be (perfect IMO for this dish). That just saved me all the time in the world! If you ever buy these and have chicken left over from them and you’re like me; you are not going to toss it. You’re going to use it and make something else from it. This time we bought it specifically for this recipe. She was a bit peckish, so she did partake a little to hold her over until dinner. Win.Win.Again.