The Art of Hasselback Chicken
A new trend has been sizzling its way into kitchens and restaurant menus alike – Hasselback chicken. Building upon the popularity of the iconic Hasselback potato, this innovative culinary masterpiece takes the concept to new heights, transforming simple chicken breasts into a visually stunning and irresistibly flavourful dish.
Origins of the Hasselback Technique:
“Hasselback” refers to the renowned Hasselbacken restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, where the famous Hasselback potato was first conceived. The technique involves making a series of closely spaced slits along the surface of the ingredient, creating a unique accordion-like effect. This technique allows flavours to penetrate deeper, creating a delicious blend of textures and tastes.
Not-So-Boring Chicken Breast:
Building upon the success of the Hasselback potato, culinary innovators took the technique and applied it to chicken breast. The result is a dish that’s as eye-catching as it is delicious. The process involves carefully slicing into the chicken, creating “pockets” ready to capture various complementary flavours – think savoury herbs, cheeses, vegetables and aromatic spices. As the chicken cooks, these flavours infuse the chicken breast, ensuring a mouthwatering experience with each bite.
Creating Your Own Hasselback Masterpiece:
Crafting your own Hasselback chicken at home is an exciting adventure that invites creativity and experimentation and can easily be made low FODMAP. Begin by selecting boneless, skin-on chicken breasts and carefully slicing them, making sure not to cut all the way through. Then, let your imagination run wild as you fill the pockets with your preferred low FODMAP ingredients. A drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper seal the deal, allowing the chicken to roast perfectly.
Low FODMAP Hasselback Chicken
Our recipe for low FODMAP Hasselback Chicken has been developed with care for those who seek a flavourful meal that won’t cause tummy aches. With garlic-infused olive oil and a low FODMAP-safe serving of ricotta cheese, you too can enjoy the meal that has taken the internet by storm.
- 100g baby spinach leaves
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic-infused olive oil
- 100g ricotta cheese
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 200°C.
- Place baby spinach leaves and olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes or until just wilted. Remove from heat and stir through ricotta. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Make about 6 slits along the top of each chicken breast, going ¾ way down, without cutting completely through the breast. Stuff the spinach and ricotta mixture into the slits. Season with salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle the top of each breast with the cheeses and paprika.
- Bake in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the chicken juices are clear.