Chicken with rice, this is the most popular combination since ancient times... Chicken fillet can be used to prepare a variety of dishes, both for a festive table and for a family lunch or dinner. Today there will be chicken "pockets"with mozzarella and spinach. A nice bonus to the "pockets" - fragrant rice with a wonderful lemon flavor and cream color. A lovely side dish to tender chicken fillet.
Wash the small lemon well, grate the zest, squeeze the juice. A small onion and garlic cloves finely chop. In vegetable oil (2 tablespoons), stew onions and garlic until translucent, add lemon zest, stew for a couple of minutes. Rice (white, long grain) rinse to clear water, drain the water from flushing through the sieve, wet the rice place in a pot with onions and zest, add vegetable oil (2 tbsp) warm up the rice while stirring (the rice should soak up the oil).
In hot water (2 cups=250 ml.), dissolve salt (1 tsp.), add lemon juice (2 tablespoons.), pour into rice. Bring the rice to a boil and simmer under the lid for 25 minutes. The water is completely absorbed into the rice. Leave the rice in the pan, do not open the lid, while cooking chicken "pockets".
Products for chicken "pockets":
Wash the chicken fillet in advance and dry with a paper towel. Wash the spinach leaves in cold water and dry. Cut the mozzarella into plates.
In each chicken fillet do in the middle, equity, deep cut.
Harvested "pockets" open "book", salt and pepper. Lay out in the center of the chicken "pocket" a few plates of mozzarella, 2-3 spinach leaves on top, then another layer of mozzarella.\"Pocket \"close, fasten the incision with a wooden toothpick, salt and pepper on both sides. Mix the breadcrumbs with the paprika.
In this recipe, "pockets" are prepared in a slow cooker, in the "quenching"mode. With this preparation, chicken meat is very tender and very juicy. In the bowl slow cooker pour 3-4 tbsp vegetable oil, switch mode "frying".
Chicken "pockets" are generously rolled in spicy breadcrumbs, place in hot oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes on both sides. Set the mode slow cooker "fighting". Cooking time 20 minutes. At the ready signal, do not open the lid of the slow cooker for another 10-12 minutes.
During the preparation of chicken "pockets", lemon rice even more soaked spicy lemon-onion flavor. Serve the dish hot. Bon appetit!!!