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Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Leftover prosciutto.
Not a phrase we hear very often. But when we do, it instantly conjures 1000 images of prosciutto garnished/wrapped/stuffed/tossed/fried/topped everything. Wrapped around melon, stuffed in chicken, sautéed with pasta, wrapped around mozzarella, encasing bundles of asparagus, and every variation in between.

Nothing is safe, but no matter what you choose, everything is more delicious than it was before it met the prosciutto. And in this dream world where leftover prosciutto exists, we made a sassy little date night dinner of prosciutto wrapped chicken breasts stuffed with ricotta and spinach. Swoon.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breasts

Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 4 slices of prosciutto
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup part skim ricotta
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a baking pan by spraying with olive oil or non-stick spray.
  2. To butterfly the chicken: Place your palm flat on the chicken breast, and with a sharp knife, slice from one end of the breast to the other end, but not all the way through. Open the chicken, and pound it out to an even thickness
  3. Thaw out your spinach and squeeze as much of the liquid out of it as possible
  4. In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil and add in the pepper flakes and crushed garlic. Let cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. Toss in the drained spinach and stir to coat in all the spicy garlicky oil. Allow to cook down for about 5 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, combine the ricotta, parmesan, and sautéed spinach. Spoon a ¼ cup of the ricotta mixture onto one side of the pounded chicken. Fold the other half over, and salt and pepper the outside.
  6. Wrap 2 prosciutto slices around each breast to enclose as much as possible.
  7. Pop into the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the prosciutto is starting to crisp on the edges and the chicken is cooked through.
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