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Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade with Roasted Tomato Jam

Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade with Roasted Tomato Jam. An easy to prepare, impressive dinner party recipe that can be prepared in advance and just pop into the oven when your guests arrive.

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Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade with Roasted Tomato Jam.

This Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade is one of my favourite recipes for a dinner party. In fact I’ve used it twice this past month when entertaining friends.

I like it so much because it really is pretty easy, looks great on the plate, and all of the preparation can be done in advance. I just pull the cookie sheet with the wrapped chicken breasts from the fridge and pop it into the oven for only about 30-40 minutes before serving.

Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade with Roasted Tomato Jam shown on a white platter with flowering oregano garnish

Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade with Roasted Tomato Jam.

That leaves plenty of time for a pre-dinner drink and hors oeuvre’s. There’s nothing worse than an over-scheduled dinner party where everything seems rushed. This recipe will have you spending far more time around the table than in the kitchen.

We served it last time with some Sweet Potato Mash and Lemon Buttered Asparagus. The complete menu was a complete hit at both dinner parties over the last couple of weeks as was our favourite simple, impressive dessert, a super, easy Blueberry Sour Cream Flan!

Blueberry Sour Cream Flan

Blueberry Sour Cream Flan

I’ve also made extra of these Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade bundles in the past and frozen them uncooked. They thaw and cook up quite well, so make enough to serve another great easy meal later.

fresh red organic tomatoes on the vine

Vine ripened tomatoes are great for this recipe but you can use the same amount of canned tomatoes out of season.

The Roasted Tomato Jam also freezes really well and can almost always be found in my freezer.

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Originally published August 5, 2010. 

5 from 1 vote
Close up photo of one serving of Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade with Roasted Tomato Jam
Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade with Roasted Tomato Jam.
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade with Roasted Tomato Jam. An easy to prepare, impressive dinner party recipe that can be prepared in advance and just pop into the oven when your guess arrive.
Course: Dinner, Dinner Party
Cuisine: Greek Inspired
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 497 kcal
Author: Barry C. Parsons
For the Roasted Tomato Jam
  • 6 medium vine ripened tomatoes diced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
For the Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade
  • 4 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs I've used basil, oregano, sage and chives here.
  • 2 cloves very finely minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or a little more
To prepare the Roasted Tomato Jam
  1. Toss together all of the ingredients in a shallow baking dish and bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour.
  2. Stir occasionally until most of the liquid has reduced off the tomatoes are the consistency of jam.
  3. Serve warm with the chicken roulade.
To prepare the Phyllo Chicken Herb Roulade
  1. Begin by butterfly cutting the chicken breasts and laying them flat on the cutting board. Alternatively you can place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound the chicken out to a half inch thickness with a flat mallet.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix together the herbs, garlic and olive oil into a paste.
  4. Divide the herb mixture between the four chicken breasts and spread all over the entire surface of the butterflied pieces.
  5. Roll the chicken breasts up and set aside.
  6. The phyllo sheets I use measure about 12x18 inches which I cut in half to make 12x9 inch sheets; I use 4 of these half sheets per chicken breast.
  7. Brush each sheet with melted butter and stack 4 of them together.
  8. Place one rolled chicken breast in the centre of the shorter side of the phyllo sheets near the edge.
  9. Bring the two longer sides on the phyllo up over the ends of the chicken breasts and then roll the chicken breast up. (Similar to the method used to make spring rolls.)
  10. Place the wrapped chicken breast, seam side down, on a silicone or parchment lined cookie sheet.
  11. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 30-40 minutes depending upon the size of the chicken breasts you use. I use a meat thermometer to test them and make sure that the temperature at the centre of the chicken breasts is 175 degrees F or greater before taking them out of the oven.
  12. Let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving with the roasted tomato jam.
Recipe Notes

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.


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Mary, CBS

Friday 9th of February 2018

This is awesome and I love dishes that can be prepared ahead for dinner parties. Will try it soon, but sure it will be excellent as are all your recipes I’ve tried.

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 28th of April 2013

With over 1000 recipes posted to date, I don't think I'm in danger of stopping posting anytime soon Christine. ;) Thanks for dropping by. If you are on Facebook, you can follow our page there as well.


Sunday 28th of April 2013

I just ran across your recipes and site on Pinterest today! Can't wait to try this. Looks simply divine!

Keep posting...

Christine, North Carolina

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 9th of August 2010

I'm so pleased you had such success, Tiffany. Thanks for letting me know about it. Barry


Monday 9th of August 2010

What a scrumptious dish! I made this last night for my dinner party. Just like you said, it's great because you can prepare everything ahead of time. My dish looked just like your picture and I appreciate your detail and directions...I prepared it and put the baking sheet in the fridge then popped it in the oven...golden perfection! The tomato jam was perfect with the phyllo chicken. The chicken was moist and sooo flavorful. Thanks for making me look like a rock star. I will make this again and again. Much thanks! Tiffany from Dallas, Texas!

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