Eat on 30 Project – Day 6 Rollatini di Pollo {Chicken Rollatini}


Day 6 of the Eat on 30 Challenge – Rollatini di Pollo {Chicken Rollatini}

Yes, you knew there was going to be a chicken recipe somewhere in this week! If you’ve just tuned in to my little corner of the web & are wondering what all this Eat on 30 talk is about. CLICK HERE to read all about the introductory post. It also has a list of all the fab foodies participating (you should def click on over to their sites when you’re done! They’re writing some amazing stories & sharing some fab recipes) We’re doing our best to bring awareness to food/hunger issues this week.

We’re nearing the end of the challenge and I must say that I’ve eaten WAY better than I thought I ever would on this budget. It has taken some planning & creativity yes. But I didn’t resort to my college staples of Ramen Noodles & Mac & Cheese (I know I’m not the only one, we’ve all been there!) I have used EVERY single ounce of food purchased. I stretched each dollar as far as it could go. I was inspired to see how much I could actually do with the little that I had.

Today was challenging because the bambini were out of school on Fall break which means hungry kids running around the house all day & circling the kitchen waiting on Mommy to go downstairs or upstairs to see what they could sneak (oh yes they did try, luckily I have eyes in the back of my head, don’t all you Mommys? *wink wink)

Here’s a rundown of the days good eats:

Breakfast: Coffee, Chocolate Milk, Apple Juice, Toast/Jelly (FREE, remember I had free bread & jam) & Pancakes w/Syrup
Breakfast Total: $2.50

Lunch: Leftovers FREE (hello how much do I love you leftovers!)
Lunch Total: 0 (woo hoo)

Snacks: Popcorn, Frozen Nutella Bananas (okay I must stop here & say don’t those look GOOD! They were out of SIGHT delicious! I am posting the recipe the beginning of November as my Nutella Challenge Entry! You will def want to make these! I might actually make them again this week, Crazy Good!)
Snack Total: $4.12 (makes 12 treats)


Dinner: Chicken Rollatini, Roasted Broccoli, Sauteed Mushrooms
Chicken Breasts, Pesto, Mushrooms, Mozzarella, Olive Oil/S&P FREE, Sweet Tea, Wine (FREE sample)
Dinner Total: $9.15

Notes: I found 3 large chicken breasts on sale for $2.20. Normally that would NOT feed my entire family of 5 BUT since I decided to pound out the chicken, stuff it, roll it up & slice it into rounds, it was Plenty! Great tip. I also can find fresh Mozzarella balls at my local Super Walmart for $3.50 (YEP, hard to believe. I think I might be one of the few people that buys it’s but hey, better for me, no?) & I only used 1/2 in this recipe.

Here’s another reason I love my Herb Garden! The Pesto I used was some that I already made. Price Breakdown $6.50 for Pinenuts (I know nuts are crazy high) & the Basil/Olive/S&P were FREEbies (remember I grow the Basil in my deck garden), the Parmigiano Reggiano I used was about a $1.00’s worth from a huge chunk I have for a total of $7.50 for the Pesto (yes seems a little pricey) but I only used 1/3 of this here for a total of $2.50 for this recipe. You’ll see that I also use the Pesto again in tomorrow’s dish making it even more cost effective.

Grand Total for Day: $15.77 (UNDER BUDGET, even having the kids home all day)


BTW I’m thinking I’m getting much better at this math thing! & here I thought I could only do math when a sale was in front of me tee hee!


Rollatini di Pollo {Chicken Rollatini)

What you’ll need:
4 chicken breasts – pounded thin
1/2 ball of fresh Mozzarella – sliced
4 tbsp of Pesto
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

What to do:
Place your chicken breasts (one at a time) into a ziplock bag and with a mallet (using the flat side) pound them fairly thin (without tearing them). Lay your chicken breasts out flat & spread a tbsp of Pesto onto the inside. Lay 1-2 slices of mozzarella cheese ontop of the pesto. Roll the chicken breast up as tightly & evenly as possible & secure with toothpicks. Continue until all pieces are assembled. Lightly season outside of chicken with s/p. In a large pan add a few turns of olive oil & heat over medium heat until oil is hot. Add chicken breasts. Brown chicken on each side. This should take about 6-8 mins. (NOTE: the amount of YOUR cook time, will depend upon the thickness of your chicken so use your judgement) Allow chicken to rest for 4-5 minutes prior to slicing. Remove toothpicks & slice the chicken prior to serving.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    This is such a nice chicken recipe! It’s great that you found such great deals!

    And yum! The Nutella bananas are awesome! My kids would gobble these up faster than you can say turkey! ๐Ÿ˜€ (Get it? Gobble. Turkey. I know I am so silly!)

    • 1.1

      Thanks Kim! Yes I think I stalked the sale bins & I made quick friends with the nice people in the meat department (asking which days they marked their meat down, etc.) It’s amazing what you’ll find out if you just ask! & YES those Nutella Bananas were insanely delicious. I’ll have that posted on the 1st of the month. Can’t wait to share those!

  2. 2

    I just wanted to say that I don’t always get the time to comment but am reading every post with great interest. I think you are totally rocking this challenge and it’s a wonderful how well you are eating on so little. You are an inspiration to us all!

    • 2.1

      Mardi! *blushing* You are so sweet. I’m truly grateful. Thank you so much for being so fab! Baci!

  3. 3

    Wow. The bananas look FANTASTIC. I can’t wait for the Nutella contest!!!
    I will be making them soon. I have mini bananas and they pack the flavor. I have been wanting to make them into frozen bananas…

    I love the 30 dollars a day idea too. I think I could do this…..

    One more thing, I am offering a giveaway. Check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 3.1

      Thanks Miranda! I LOVE anything to do with Nutella & these were a welcome treat! Can’t wait to post them!

  4. 4

    This sounds yummy! Awesome about the cheap mozzarella! I’ll have to check that out!

    • 4.1

      Thanks Alta! It’s really NOT one of my favorite places to go, but when I can get Fresh Mozzarella & Prosciutto for 1/2 of what I can elsewhere, well I suck it up & go ; )

  5. 5

    Paula, you are amazing! The banana coconut snacks are AWESOME!! Going to be making this for the kiddos!! Pounding the chicken, awesome idea! If the eaton30 happens again, I’ll definitely take more time to think this out. You did such an amazing job! Loved reading through all of your posts ๐Ÿ™‚ BESOS!!!

    • 5.1

      Ah, thanks Diana! Mwah. Those bananas are REALLY good. There is something about all of these flavors & textures working together. Let’s just say they didn’t last long ; )

  6. 6

    This dish looks lovely, simple flavourful and nourishing.

  7. 7

    questa foto รจ meravigliosa!

  8. 8

    That food looks amazing, I love the frozen bananas, yum!

    • 8.1

      Thanks Angie! It was a great & filling meal. I have been crazy about roasting broccoli right now. The taste is outstanding!

  9. 9

    You are doing well in this challenge. All the lovely recipes and plus the great deals that you have finding! Nice!

    • 9.1

      Thanks so much Penny! The nice deals were an added bonus (one that was greatly appreciated)

  10. 10

    Mmm.. my mouth is watering. This chicken rollatini looks so good! Thanks for the recipe. I think I’m going to add this to this week’s dinner menu!

    The bananas look yummy, too. I make a similar snack by just drizzling the bananas with melted milk chocolate and sprinkling them with chopped peanuts. But my husband would love the nutella and coconut. Will keep this recipe in mind. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 10.1

      Thanks Christine! You’re not going to believe how tasty these are! & Yes we LOVE Nutella. Actually, I think I have a Nutella problem ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL It’s SOOO good!

  11. 11

    Great job meeting the challenge–and a lesson for your children on balancing a food budget.

    • 11.1

      Thanks Debi! Yes they have definitely learned some lessons this week as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 12

    this whole 30 thing really did help with the math. and it is wonderful seeing your nutella bananas–they do sound addictive.

  13. 13

    Those Nutella bananas look wonderful – my kids would love them! Well done on your budget.

    • 13.1

      Thank so much! My kids devoured them too! They were so much fun. I can’t wait to post them (& of course make them again!)

  14. 14

    First of all you and Tami have inspired me to try this with my family. Hope to get through the week! We are starting today, October 20.

    Also I hope you don’t mind but I copied your opening post and graphic to my site for an intro! just love your graphic! and a link to you, too. I do not get much traffic as I am new to blogging though…This is more of a personel challenge for me and the family!

    Wish us luck!

    • 14.1

      Ciao Juanita! That’s so awesome. Glad that you were inspired. Tami did an awesome job organizing this challenge & keeping everyone inspired. Good luck to you! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  15. 15

    The chicken with pesto and cheese looks delicious and I have to try the nutella banana !! It looks GREAT ! Thank you for sharing your talents !

  16. 16

    Will definitely have to try this one. You’ve done wonderfully with this challenge! I’m amazed at how inexpensive you’ve been able to cook all this creative food. Way to go.

  17. 17

    awesome chicken recipe, if I would have seen this earlier I would have taken out the chicken from the freezer and make this for dinner tonight

    • 17.1

      Thanks Jessie! You can really stretch your chicken a long way with this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ I have some chicken thawing & some pesto leftover so we might be having it again as well ; )

  18. 18
    Crystal /

    Just wanted to say that I LOVE your site. So pretty, so yummy! Thanks!

  19. 19

    You’re doing such a good job!! and the chicken looks awesome! I find that when I butterfly the chicken it goes further. must be a mental thing…they see what looks like a whole breast in front of them when it’s really only half LOL

    • 19.1

      Thanks Danielle! LOL only because I find the same to be true. It’s a great trick! Even with butterflied shrimp ; ) They suddenly appear to be JUMBO shrimp tee hee!

  20. 20

    That chicken is beautiful! I am so impressed with your creativity throughout the challenge. It does feel nice to be done though, right? Your photos, too, are always stunning, Paula. I have photo envy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 20.1

      Thanks Hailey! That’s so sweet. I love taking the pics as much as I do cooking. I really appreciate that. I tried to be as creative as possible.

  21. 21

    Wow, this looks so delicious and the presentation is beautiful.
    Thanks for the recupe Paula!

    • 21.1

      Thank you Anna! I love to serve sliced meats, much more interesting.

  22. 22

    Great challenge and carry on. I love the frozen nutella bananas. They are definitely a must try. And the chicken looks amazing.

    • 22.1

      Ciao Divina! Thank you so much. Those Bananas are scrumptious. I’ll be posting them the first of Nov so stay tuned.


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