Chicken Ballotine and Johnny Cakes


Chicken Ballotine


For the ballotine:

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 6 slices pancetta
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 8 large sage leaves
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 poblano, sliced
  • 2 oz sliced fontina cheese
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

For the Johnny cakes:

  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup self rising corn meal
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey

For the spinach:

  • 2 quarts baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • kosher salt, to taste


Bone out bird from the breast to the back. Put the boned out bird on a cutting board, flesh side up. Place a layer of plastic wrap on top of the meat. Gently pound the meat to spread it out and to create consistency in thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Layer the pancetta, prosciutto, sage, peppers and fontina cheese to the leg end of the pounded bird. Make that side closest to you.

Roll the bird and fillings as if you were rolling sushi. Wrap tight in plastic wrap and let rest in refrigeration for at least 30 minutes. Transfer roll to an oiled and salted foil. Wrap and tighten to form a cylinder shape.

Preheat a Kamado Joe Classic Joe to 350ºF, set up with a grill grate on the upper level, and soap stone set up on the lower, with all of the coals banked to the side underneath the soap stone.

Roast in the foil, on the indirect side until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 160ºF, about 45-60 minutes. Let meat rest in foil for 10 minutes then carefully unwrap. Put down some oil on the surface of the soap stone, then sear the roll on the soap stone to create a beautiful crust.

While the ballotine is searing, Whisk together all of the Johnny cake ingredients. Put about 1/4 cup oil on the surface of the soap stone. Fry the Johnny cakes in the oil, just like your would pancakes.

Then, adding a little more oil to the surface, place your spinach on the soap stone. Season with salt, pepper and garlic. Turn frequently. Remove from the soap stone when it begins to wilt.

Slice the ballotine and serve with the spinach and Johnny cakes, topped with black pepper honey.

Kamado Joe Classic II Free ElectroLight

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