Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chicken Prosciutto Bundles

My mom went to Stitch In Time in Millerstown, PA and found the Gooseberry Patch Speedy Supper Cookbook. Gooseberry is a company that collects unique recipes from ameteur chefs across the country and publishes their creations in cookbooks.

The following recipe is from Elizabeth Ciseros in Chino Hills, CA.

Chicken Prosciutto Bundles

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 leaves fresh basil
4 1/4-in thick slices mozzarella cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 slices prosciutto
1 Tablespoon olive oil

Cut a 3-inch pocket in thick side of each chicken breast. Place 2 basil leaves on each slice of cheese; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stuff each chicken breast with cheese slice. Wrap 2 slices prosciutto around each chicken breast, securing with toothpicks. Heat oil over med-hi heat in a large oven-proof non-stick skillet. Add chicken and cook for 3 minutes per side or until golden. Transfer skillet with chicken to oven (we put chicken in a Pam sprayed baking dish because we didn't use an oven proof skillet) and bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until juices run clear. Serves 4.

You have to make sure not to over bake the chicken (we did a little because we thought the chicken breasts needed more time because they were so large). The prosciutto can dry out very easily. We baked it uncovered.

We ate this with mashed potatoes (boiled peeled white potatoes smashed with garlic cloves, milk, butter, pepper) and steamed lima beans. I think some good marinara sauce over the chicken bundles would be good too.

It seems like I'm into Italian foods at the moment - lots of mozarella, basil & tomato. I think it comes down to the fact that these ingredients are delicious and easy meals can be created from them. More diversity in posts are on the way!

My next posts will include our Super Bowl feast!

1 comment:

  1. I think I will love all your recipes jajaja
    I like prosciutto very much!