Roll Me Over in the Clover

“Roll me o-ver, in the clo-ver. Lay me down, roll me over, and do it again!”

A group of friends that I hung out with in college were singers. This was one of their signature lines they sung a little too often. I cannot make any roulade without humming that to myself.

This is such a rich and flavorful dish. I mean, come on. It has bacon and cream both!

I used thin sliced chicken breasts. The good thing about that is the ease. The bad thing is that they are smaller than pounded breasts. The rolling of the chicken is a little tougher as you have less chicken to deal with.

Frying the bacon

And the shallots

Using the plastic wrap really does help with the rolling.

We so it does not look very pretty and you really need the toothpicks.

Deglazing the pan.

Adding the flour

Making the roux

This sauce is so rich.

A fantastic dish!

Chicken Bacon Roulades


  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 10 bacon slices (about 1/2 pound)
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • Lemon pepper seasoning to taste (or ground black pepper with a little lemon zest)
  • 6 Tbsp grated Parmesan (about 1 ounce) (or asaigo)
  • 1 Tbps olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


1 Working in batches, cook the bacon over medium heat in an ovenproof heavy skillet, until lightly brown but still flexible (not crisp). Place the bacon on paper towels to drain. Cook the shallots in the remaining bacon fat over low heat, stirring, until softened. Transfer shallots with a slotted spoon to a small bowl and leave any fat remaining in skillet. Preheat oven to 300°F.

2 Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. With smooth side of a meat pounder pound each breast to 1/8-inch thickness. Discard plastic from boned side of each breast. Sprinkle chicken with lemon pepper (or ground black pepper and a little lemon zest) and salt. Place 2 1/2 slices of bacon lengthwise (parallel with grain of flesh) along middle of each breast. Top with shallots and Parmesan. Using plastic wrap to help you, tightly roll up each breast lengthwise, tucking in the ends to enclose the filling. Secure seams with wooden toothpicks. Add Parmesan to outside too.

3 Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to reserved fat in skillet and heat over medium high heat. Brown roulades on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer the skillet to middle of oven and bake roulades until just cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. (Note: we found that our skillet didn’t fit in our oven, so we transfered the roulades to a smaller pan.)

4 Transfer chicken to a plate with tongs and keep warm, covered with aluminum foil. Pour off fat from skillet. (Careful! The handle is hot, use an oven mitt.) Add wine to the skillet and deglaze over medium high heat, scraping up brown bits. Boil wine until reduced to about 1 tablespoon. Add garlic and butter. Cook mixture over medium low heat, stirring, for 1 minute. Add flour and cook roux, stirring, 1 minute. Add broth and cream and bring to a boil, whisking. Simmer the sauce, whisking, 2 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh sieve into a small saucepan. Keep sauce warm. Remove the wooden toothpicks from roulades and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Spoon some sauce in center of each of 4 plates and arrange roulade slices decoratively on sauce.

Serves 4.


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Categories: Baking 2, Cheese2, Chicken, Low Carb, Main Dish 2, Pork2, Recipes, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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7 Comments on “Roll Me Over in the Clover”

  1. November 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Everything you post is always so rich and mouthwatering!!


  2. November 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Chicken topped with bacon in a white wine, parmesan cream sauce? All the best stuff for an awesome recipe. I’ll have to try this over the weekend. Thanks!


  3. Cooky
    November 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    My mom taught me that song when I was little! Lol


  4. November 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Looks delicious.


  5. November 22, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    These look amazingly delicious!


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    November 22, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Those look very Yummy!


  7. November 24, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!


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