Chicken With Prosciutto Recipes – A chicken and prosciutto recipe guide with examples of chicken recipes using prosciutto. Chicken and Italian are a great combination for cooking. You can combine these two ingredients to make chicken with ham, sausage, bacon, and even chicken soup.
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Chicken prosciutto! with boneless, skinless chicken breasts with butter-toasted sage, wrapped in prosciutto.
The first time I had this chicken prosciutto dish it was prepared by my friends Fritz and Leigh Anna who had found a recipe for it in a Dean & DeLuca cookbook.
It’s a lot like a saltimbocca but made with chicken cutlets instead of veal. The cutlets are layered with a butter-fried sage leaf and wrapped in thin prosciutto. Then they are dipped in beaten egg, fried briefly, topped with fontina cheese, and broiled.
Chicken Prosciutto Recipe Process
PREP TIME 15 mins
COOK TIME 25 mins
TOTAL TIME 40 mins
SERVINGS 6 to 8 servings
- 2 lbs chicken cutlets
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 8-12 whole fresh sage leaves
- 1/2 pound very thinly sliced prosciutto
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 8 thin slices of Italian Fontina cheese (about 2 oz)
- 1 cup dry white wine (like a Sauvignon blanc)
- 1 Tbsp minced fresh sage
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, chilled
- Pound chicken cutlets to 1/8-inch thickness: Put the chicken cutlets between two sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper and pound to an even thickness of about 1/8-inch. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.
- Fry sage leaves in butter: Melt butter in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Once the butter starts to foam, add the sage leaves to the pan and cook them for a minute or two, turning them halfway through the cooking. Remove them from the pan.
- Place one or two fried sage leaves on each chicken cutlet and wrap with a thin layer of prosciutto:
- Dip cutlets in beaten egg, cook in the pan: Prepare a shallow bowl with the beaten eggs. Check that the foaming butter in the pan is golden and not browned. (If it has browned too much, start over with new butter, melting it until it foams.)Working in batches so that you don’t crowd the pan, dip each prosciutto-wrapped chicken cutlet in beaten egg and place it in the pan. Cook them for a couple of minutes on each side, until just cooked through. Remove from the pan.
- Cover with a slice of cheese, then broils Preheat the oven broiler. Arrange the chicken cutlets on a baking sheet and cover each cutlet with a slice of cheese. Place under the broiler just until the cheese melts, about a minute.
- While the chicken is under the broiler make the sauce: Pour out the butter from the pan. Increase the heat to high and add the wine to the pan, deglazing the pan. Boil the wine until it has reduced almost by half. Add the minced sage and cook for a minute longer. Stir in the chilled butter. Pour the sauce around the chicken cutlets to serve.
PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY LEMON SAUCE
Prosciutto-wrapped chicken is a flavor-packed version of baked chicken wrapped in parma ham. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, this will be your new go-to dinner when you want to impress someone.
Prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast is the Italian equivalent of wrapping the chicken in bacon. It’s anything but ho-hum and so easy to make.
This dish is impressive enough to make for company or a date night at home, but easy enough to make on a busy weeknight.
This delicious prosciutto chicken is versatile too. It’s a keto chicken recipe that you can serve to your low-carb friends and family with some cauliflower mash or asparagus.
For those not watching their carbs, it’s amazing served with some pasta, creamy polenta with goat cheese, or mashed potatoes.
INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED
Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:
- Chicken breasts – For this recipe, we used 6-ounce pieces to make sure they cook properly and evenly each time. You could substitute chicken tenders or chicken thighs but you will need to adjust the bake time to ensure they aren’t over or undercooked.
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- Prosciutto – You should be able to find this either at the butcher’s counter or with the other cured meats such as salami, pepperoni, etc.
- Olive oil – You could use another light-tasting oil if you prefer.
- Chicken broth – Water can work too, but the broth gives it a bit more flavor.
- Lemon juice – This adds a burst of freshness to the recipe.
- Butter – You can use salted or unsalted, but salted might make the dish a bit too salty.
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Step 1 – Prepare the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Step 2 – Prepare the chicken. First, lightly pat the chicken dry and then sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Next, lay two pieces of prosciutto out on a flat surface so that they are slightly overlapping. Place a single breast on the flattened prosciutto and then tightly roll it around the chicken, repeating the process for each breast.
Step 3 – Sear the chicken. Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet another oven-safe skillet let. Once the oil is hot, add the wrapped chicken and sear each side for 2 minutes.
Step 4 – Bake the chicken. Once each breast has been seared, arrange the 4 pieces in the pan and place them in the oven to bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken shows 165 degrees F for the internal temperature of the chicken.
Note: Remember, if you are substituting chicken tenders or chicken thighs you’ll need to adjust your time.
- Chicken tenders will cook quickly. They should cook through in the searing process so they don’t even need to go into the oven.
- Chicken thighs cook slower. They are usually thicker than chicken breast so they may need a few extra minutes in the oven.
Step 5 – Remove the chicken from the oven. Once the skillet is out, carefully place the chicken on a cutting board. Next, place the skillet on the stovetop and heat over medium-high heat.
Step 6 – Make the sauce. When ready, add the chicken stock and lemon juice and then whisk them together. Allow the sauce to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Once it has thickened some, remove the skillet from the stovetop and whisk in the butter, salt, and pepper.
Step 7 – Serve. Serve the chicken with a drizzling of sauce over each piece.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CHICKEN BREAST
When selecting the best chicken breasts, you should look for ones that are about 6 ounces each.
I often have trouble finding smaller chicken breasts in grocery stores so I buy thicker chicken breasts and butterflies them, using a knife to cut them in half widthwise to create 2 thinner pieces of chicken.
Another option is to place the chicken breast on a piece of plastic wrap, cover it with another piece of plastic wrap and then lightly pound it out with a mallet until it is a uniform thickness.
The key is ending up with chicken breasts that are uniformly thick so they cook in a consistent amount of time.
WHAT IS PROSCIUTTO?
Prosciutto, also known as parma ham, is a popular cured, uncooked and unsmoked ham that comes from Italy. When cooked, it has a similar flavor to bacon or ham.
Wrapping your chicken in bacon can often lead to a kind of flabby bacon that doesn’t crisp up well. Slices of prosciutto are cut extremely thin so it easily wraps around the chicken and it crisps up perfectly as the chicken cooks.
You can also use it to stuff a pork loin, throw it in an antipasto salad, or add it to antipasto skewers as an appetizer.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED CHICKEN
You can easily make a meal out of this simple chicken recipe. Here are some of our favorite side dishes to help get your meal planning started:
- Regular mashed potatoes or Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Air Fryer Broccoli
- Cauliflower Mash
- Winter Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette
- Endive Salad with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
- Panzanella Salad – Italian Bread Salad
- Italian Green Bean Salad
HOW TO MAKE IT AHEAD OF TIME
Make the chicken according to the recipe and then let them cool completely.
Place the chicken in an air-tight container and place it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To reheat, warm ½ cup of chicken broth in a large skillet, and then slice the chicken into thin slices to add to the skillet along with any remaining sauce. Cook over medium heat until warmed through.
Baked Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast Recipe
This EASY prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast recipe only needs 5 ingredients! You’ll love this chicken wrapped in prosciutto with honey glaze. It’s the best chicken prosciutto recipe ever!
One bite of this prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast and you’ll understand why I have it on regular dinner rotation. Chicken wrapped in prosciutto is juicy, tender and the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Topped with a sweet and spicy honey glaze, you will feel like you are eating at a fancy restaurant… without the price tag or the hard work of creating fancy meals at home!
And the best part? It’s super easy! The prep time only takes about 10 minutes, and you need just five ingredients. Winner winner, chicken dinner!
What Is Prosciutto?
Prosciutto is an Italian ham that has been cured by air drying. The meat comes from a pig’s back leg. Prosciutto is technically uncooked meat but is safe to eat because of the way it has been cured.
The curing process of prosciutto is very long. It can take anywhere from 1 to 3 years!
And why make chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto ham? Because it keeps the chicken super juicy!
How To Cook Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken
To get started making this baked prosciutto-wrapped chicken, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Next, prepare the sauce by combining the honey, chili flakes, and minced garlic in a small bowl.
Place chicken into an oven-safe baking dish. Add salt and pepper to both sides of the chicken breasts, along with 1 teaspoon of the honey mixture on each.
Wrap each chicken breast with three pieces of prosciutto and drizzle the remaining honey glaze on top. Now you are ready to bake it, which takes about 30-40 minutes.
PRO TIP: Take special care to make sure you don’t overcook the baked chicken prosciutto. Chicken becomes tough, dry, and doesn’t taste as good when it has been cooked too long. Check out my tips on how to tell if your chicken is cooked properly below.
How To Tell If Chicken Prosciutto Is Done
The best way to tell if chicken wrapped in prosciutto is done is to check the temperature with a thermometer.
USDA recommendations say that chicken needs to be cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit for safety. However, if you let the chicken rest after baking (which I always recommend), it rises in temperature another 5 degrees, so I usually bake it to 160 degrees and let the temperature come up during testing. Just make sure it’s 165 degrees before you eat it.
Some people also check if the chicken is done by piercing it with a fork – if the juices run clear, it is likely done. Or, you can also cut the chicken and look at the color of the center. It should be white and tender. However, both of these methods don’t allow for resting, which means the chicken is not as juicy as it could be.
PRO TIP: For the juiciest chicken, bake until it’s 160 degrees F inside, then let it rest for 5 minutes to come up to 165 degrees F. The final result should never be jiggly and should be firm to the touch.
Is Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Healthy?
Yes, prosciutto-wrapped chicken is healthy. Chicken breasts are low carb, low fat, and packed with protein. Chicken is also a great source of calcium and phosphorus. There are small amounts of minerals and vitamins in prosciutto, including iron, vitamin b-12, and protein.
Of course, making the chicken wrapped in prosciutto and including honey means that this is no longer a low-fat or low-carb dish. But, the myth of “fat is bad” has been dispelled, so I don’t consider low-fat foods to be the picture of health. The amount of honey in this prosciutto-wrapped chicken recipe is small, so it’s not much sugar per serving.
Most importantly, honey-glazed chicken with prosciutto is unprocessed, and made with natural ingredients, so that’s healthy in my book!
Can You Make Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast Ahead Of Time?
Yes, you can make prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast ahead of time. Simply store this baked chicken prosciutto recipe in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Store the chicken in an airtight container. I love these particular containers because they are perfect for meal prep!
PRO TIP: This chicken breast with prosciutto is great for meal prep! Double the batch, store in individual containers with some veggies, and enjoy throughout the week.
You can reheat the prosciutto chicken in the following ways:
- Microwave – Simply place baked prosciutto chicken in a microwavable dish and add 1 tablespoon of water and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 1 minute and then check the chicken. Heat for longer if needed, until hot.
- Oven – Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat the chicken in the oven and check every 5 minutes until it is heated through.
- Skillet – Place 1 tablespoon of avocado or olive oil in a skillet on low-medium heat. If you heat the chicken too fast, it will dry out. Slowly heat the chicken breast with prosciutto until it’s hot.
TIP: I highly recommend the oven or skillet if possible, because the prosciutto stays crispier than in the microwave.
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Can You Freeze Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast?
Yes, you can freeze prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast. If stored in an airtight container, it will be good for 4-6 months in the freezer.
Once you are ready to eat, thaw the wrapped chicken and reheat using one of the methods previously mentioned.