Italian Stuffed Chicken for #Expediaworldonaplate Challenge

Before the children were born Paul and I had some wonderful holidays abroad including trips to Australia, Florida, Egypt and Rome.  I loved most of them for different reasons, I wasn’t hugely taken with Florida but that’s because everything was geared up towards driving; such as drive thru banks, chemists, coffee shops and we were unable to even go to a local restaurant without driving as there were no paths or street lights.  For us then a holiday was about exploring the surroundings, taking in the culture, walking around and seeing as many places as we could and then of course eating the local foods – so Florida just didn’t tick the correct boxes for us (we had gone with Paul’s parents and brothers).
We went to Australia to visit Paul’s cousin and spent 3 weeks travelling between Sydney and Brisbane, it was an amazing holiday.  This holiday was more of a driving around holiday but we did get to visit many places and see so many sites while there.  It is a place we are desperate to take the children to visit but due to the long flight and the costs during the school holidays it’s not on the agenda for many many years sadly.
Egypt was our honeymoon destination.  A fantastic place with so much history attached, we spent our 2 weeks relaxing by the pool in our all inclusive hotel for part of the time, exploring Sharm el Sheik and then traveling to Luxor and Cairo for the rest of the holiday.  We saw the temples, Pyramid’s and even had dinner with the Bedwin in the dessert and rode on camels.  It was a holiday to remember but not really a place I am keen to revisit with the children.
Rome on the other hand is a place I am desperate to take the children, or at least Italy.  I know they would have an amazing time.  We walked everywhere while there, visiting all the sites and staying just opposite the Trevi fountain.  It was only a weeks stay and we would love to return and of course the food was just amazing!
Our favourite Pizzeria in Rome
When Expedia got in touch recently to ask if I would like to join in with their World on a Plate Challenge I was happy to get involved.  The #expediaworldonaplate challenge is to create foods from a chosen country – of course looking at the package holidays to Italy
made me remember our holiday to Rome and I started to show the children our photos from our holiday and talk to them about the places we visited while there.

We eat homemade pizza’s all the time as I prefer them to the store ones and the children can then choose their own toppings and Bolognese and carbonara are favourites of ours so I tried to create something they hadn’t tried before.
I went with my favourite of Tomato and Mozzarella for a starter, Harry devoured this and Emmy ate a little, but I was pleased she tried.
This is very easy to make but so tasty.
Buffalo Tomatoes
Mozzarella ball
Fresh Basil
Balsamic vinegar
Slice the Tomatoes and Mozzarella up and layer onto a plate, add the Basil and drizzle with Balsamic vinegar.
A very basic starter but one I could eat daily.
I followed this with Italian Stuffed Chicken Breasts served with on a bed of Linguine.

4 x skinless & boneless Chicken breasts
200g tub of full-fat soft cheese
3 Tbsp of Sundried Tomatoes, chopped
1 clove of Garlic, chopped
1 tsp of Mixed Herbs
2/3 Large Ripe Tomatoes, sliced
Salt & Pepper to season
Olive Oil
Linguine – cook as per packet instructions
Cooking Method:
  • Pre-heat the oven to 220C
  • Add the Linguine to a pan of boiling water as per packet instructions (drain once cooked)
  • Chop the Sundried, crush the clove of Garlic and mixed together with the soft Cheese
  • Slice the Chicken breasts along the side and stuff with the mixed filling
  • Add the sliced Tomatoes overlapped onto the top of the Chicken breasts
  • Season to taste and sprinkle with the mixed herbs and Olive Oil
I then wrapped these in kitchen foil and baked for 20 minutes – next time however I would just lay onto a baking tray and roast in the over without covering.
Serve the Linguine onto plates first to make a bed and then add the Chicken breasts onto.  Drizzle with a little Olive Oil if you wish and serve.
This dish was very filling and everyone enjoyed. 
You could also serve this with a fresh green tossed salad and Potato & Rosemary Focaccia bread
(which is next on my must cook list as it looks delicious).
I followed our main meal with a recipe I found on Food Wishes Blog for a Tiramisu Chocolate Mouse  which I made in advance and ate once the chicken were in bed, well make with Rum and Espresso there was no way the children were trying this one.  It was so delicious that I completely forgot to take a picture of it, but if you pop over to Food Wishes using the above link you will see just how scrumptious it looks and it tastes just as awesome. 
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