Roast Butternut Squash, Spinach Chicken Ballotine, Vegetable Minestrone

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes

4 chicken breast (skinless & boneless)
4 slices of parma ham
1 butternut squash
1 bag washed spinach
Squeezy honey
Olive oil
200g orzo pasta
1 green courgette
1 litre chicken stock
500g kale
150g green beans
1 red pepper (roasted & diced)
1 carrot
2 shallots
Fresh seasonal herbs

Featured in:
November 2017

To prepare the ballotines, firstly peel and dice the butternut squash, lay onto a roasting tray and throw in lashings of the olive oil, fresh thyme and a drizzle of honey. Cover with foil and cook in the oven on 180C for approx. 20-25 minutes until it is soft to the touch. Allow to cool, meanwhile bring a pan of seasoned water to the boil and blanch the spinach literally in and out then refresh under cold water and dry.

Carefully slice your chicken breast in half on its side being careful not to cut all the way through and lay flat onto your chopping board. Lay a double layer of cling film on your work surface and place a piece of Parma ham onto it, then lay your chicken on top of that and flatten it with a rolling pin or meat mallet until it is fairly thin. For the filling you need to have a line of butternut squash and spinach down the centre of your flattened chicken. Season the chicken. Now you need to roll the chicken towards you to form the ballotine, making sure the cling film is very tight around the chicken and tie very tightly at both ends.

For the minestrone finely dice the shallots and carrots and sweat off in a saucepan for a few minutes. Now add the chicken stock and when boiling add the orzo pasta. Whilst this is cooking dice the courgette, roast red pepper and green beans and finely chop the fresh herbs and kale. When the pasta is al dente add all the remaining ingredients and remove from the heat, check for seasoning.

To cook the chicken, place the ballotines into a pan of boiling water and poach for 20 minutes, remove the cling film then crisp up in a frying pan. Now it is all ready to serve.

Never miss a copy!

Big savings when you take out a subscription.

YOUR FAVOURITE NEEDS YOU! We need your nominations – Celebrating Lincolnshire’s food, drink and hospitality businesses in our Taste of Excellence Food and Drink Awards 2022. Click here to vote are asking you, customers and connoisseurs of the best eateries, hospitality venues, producers, pubs and venues, to send in your nominations for businesses across the county, between May and August, in the following categories:• Best Restaurant of the Year• Best Dining Pub of the Year• Best Tea or Coffee Shop of the Year• Best Farm or Local Shop of the Year• Best Food to your Door• Best Bakes or Sweet Treat of the Year• Best Drinks Product of the Year• Best Producer of the Year• Best Hotel of the Year• Best Wedding Venue of the Year• Best Bed and Breakfast of the Year• Best Self Catering Establishment of the Year• Best Newcomer of the Year• Business.VisitLincolnshire Green and Sustainable AwardClosing date for nominations 26th August 2022. ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago  ·