Spice-Rolled Chicken with Cumin and Thyme

Spice-Rolled Chicken with Cumin and Thyme

It's a healthy dish using chicken breasts!
Surprisingly juicy and packed with umami.
You can make this dish in advance, so it's perfect for parties.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Chicken breast (without skin)
Sliced cheese (melting type)
Ham (thin sliced)
*Cumin powder
1/2~1 teaspoon
*Dried thyme
1 teaspoon
*Olive oil
1 tablespoon
Salt and pepper
to taste


1. Mix cumin, thyme and olive oil in a bowl.
2. Butterfly the chicken breast to make the thickness even, then pound with the back of the knife blade or tenderizer to flatten it out. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
3. On a plastic wrap, spread the spice mix from Step 1 in the shape and size of the chicken.
4. Place the chicken on top of the spices, then put ham and cheese.
5. Roll the chicken to form a tube, wrap tightly, and tie with twine. (You can wrap it with twice with the plastic wrap to avoid the juice from leaking!)
6. Boil water in a pot and place in the chicken. Poach it in low heat for 15 minutes. After poaching, cool the chicken in its plastic wrap.
7. Unwrap the chicken while making sure to save the juice, and slice it. Plate the chicken and use the juice as the sauce.
8. I used cheddar cheese slices and beer sausage.
9. I had 1 teaspoon of cumin in my previous recipe, but it was as delicious when I halved the amount of cumin. Please adjust it to your taste.

Story Behind this Recipe

I added cumin and thyme to a cookbook recipe to fit my taste.