- January 26, 2024
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Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken is a delicious and elegant main course that doesn’t take a lot of fuss. The chicken has a flavorful rub on it. Once you wrap it in prosciutto and bake it, the flavors meld into a mouthwatering dish! Topped with a flavorful sauce, it’s ideal.
This is perfect for a quiet weeknight dinner or stepped up for a lively dinner party!
Begin by making a rub of garlic salt, paprika, Italian seasoning, sugar and ground pepper. Sprinkle most of it over the chicken breasts.
Overlap a couple of strips of prosciutto on a work surface and lay a chicken breast on top. Wrap the breasts up and sprinkle the remainder of the rub over the prosciutto.
In a cast-iron or heavy skillet, heat the butter and olive oil. Add the chicken breasts and sear for three minutes without moving (that’s so you can get a crispy crust of prosciutto). Check to make sure that the prosciutto isn’t browning too quickly (if so, lower the heat a bit). Continue to cook for another 2 minutes and then flip the breasts over. Cook for another 5-10 minutes. It will depend on how thick the breasts are as to how much more time you will need. It’s best to use an instant-read thermometer for this. The thermometer should read 160°F.
Remove from the pan and tent the chicken while you make the sauce.
Add white wine to the pan and scrape up any brown bits. Cook until the wine is reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and boil until the sauce starts to thicken. Add the cold butter one piece at a time and then stir in chopped rosemary.
Transfer the chicken to a platter and drizzle with the sauce. Sprinkle with extra rosemary and serve!
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Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
For the Rub:
- 2 tsp garlic salt
- 2 tsp mild paprika
- 2 tsp dry Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
For the Chicken:
- 4 small to medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 8-12 slices prosciutto or enough to wrap around each breast
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
To Finish (optional):
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tbsp cold butter, cut into 4 pieces
- 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
- rosemary sprigs for garnish
For the Rub:
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well to combine. Set aside. Sprinkle the breasts with the rub, reserving one teaspoon.
For the Chicken:
Lay two prosciutto slices on a work surface, overlapping so that the width of the two is slightly smaller than the width of your chicken breasts. Place a chicken breast (with the smooth side down) on top of the prosciutto and wrap it around so that it covers most of the chicken.
Repeat with the remaining prosciutto and chicken. Lay the prosciutto-wrapped breasts with the smooth side up on the work surface. Sprinkle each lightly with the remaining rub. Allow breasts to sit with the rub on for 15-20 minutes, at room temperature.
Heat the butter and olive oil in a cast iron or heavy stainless steel pan over medium heat. Butter should sizzle a bit and be fairly hot, but watch it at this point to prevent burning. Make sure the pan is large enough to accommodate all of the breasts without crowding.
Add the chicken (smooth side down) and allow to sit for 3 minutes without touching. After 3 minutes, take a peek at the underside of one of the breasts. If it’s browning too quickly lower the heat a bit. Continue cooking for a total of 5 minutes or until the underside is nicely browned.
Flip breasts to the opposite side (seam side down) and immediately lower heat to medium-low. Cover and continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 160˚F when an instant thermometer is inserted into the center of the thickest part of the breast. (The time will vary depending on the size of each portion – very large breasts will take longer. Use the thermometer as your guide, not the time.)
Once 160˚F is reached, remove the chicken to a clean plate and cover it loosely with foil. You can stop at this point and let rest for 5 minutes before serving or proceed with the sauce, letting the chicken rest while it’s being made.
To Finish and Make the Sauce (optional):
Add 1/2 cup wine to the pan and bring to a boil, stirring and scraping any brown particles from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the wine is reduced by one half, 1-2 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, return to a boil and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken a bit. Add the cold butter one piece at a time, stirring until each piece is melted before adding the next. Stir in one teaspoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary.
Transfer the chicken to a platter and (optionally) drizzle with the sauce. Sprinkle with more finely chopped fresh rosemary and garnish with rosemary sprigs.
Recipe by The Cafe Sucre Farine