O.M.G. Best Chicken Dish Ever!!!

Tyler and I generally spend Valentine's Day hanging out at home and I usually make a nice dinner. This Valentine's Day was no exception...I may have discovered my most favorite chicken dish, Proscuitto-Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Dried Cherries! I found the recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Food Wishes, and decided to give it a try for our V-Day dinner. I paired the chicken with saffron rice and steamed green beans and served the meal with a dry but fruity white wine. I guarantee you won't be disappointed with this meal!

Proscuitto-Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Dried Cherries

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 thin slices prosciutto
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
  • For the stuffing:
    • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
    • 1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
    • 1 tsp freshly picked thyme leaves
    • 1 tsp freshly minced oregano
      2 cloves minced garlic
    • 1 rounded tbsp finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • 1 egg yolk
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • pinch of cayenne
  • For optional pan sauce:
    • 3/4 cup chicken broth
    • 1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tbsp cold butter
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • Plastic Wrap for preparation 
    • Kitchen Twine
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Make the stuffing by mixing all of the ingredients listed under stuffing and set aside.
  3. Next prepare the chicken. Take the large side of the breast and place that side on your right. Take your knife and cut a 45 degree angle cut/flap from right to left, but be sure not to slice all the way through. You are just trying to open up the breast without cutting the chicken piece off.
  4. Take chicken breasts and place between two pieces of plastic wrap. Use a meat pounder or large can and pound the chicken until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Remove top coating of plastic wrap.
  5. Season the chicken with salt and pepper (be sure not to use too much salt as proscuitto is very salty). Then take half of the stuffing and place it on top of each breast and pat the stuffing in firmly.
  6.  Next, roll the chicken up. Use the plastic wrap to help you roll the chicken tightly so the stuffing doesn't spill out. Make sure you don't roll the plastic wrap into the chicken; it's just meant to be a guide. Once you've rolled the chicken up, twist the two ends of plastic wrap on each side of the chicken to hold the breast in place. Complete a second time for the remaining chicken breast.
  7. Next, roll out two pieces of plastic wrap wrap and place 2-3 pieces on the plastic wrap and make sure they are slightly overlapping. 
  8. Unwrap one chicken breast and place it at the end of the proscuitto. Using the same technique with the plastic wrap, roll up the chicken and proscuitto. Twist the two ends of the plastic wrap on each side of the chicken to hold the breast in place. Complete a second time for the remaining chicken breast.
  9. Cut four pieces of kitchen twine and place them about 1 inch apart on the counter. Unwrap the first piece of chicken carefully and place it in the middle of the twine. Tie each piece of twine in a knot and cut the remaining ends. Repeat for the second piece of chicken.
  10. Place 1 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in an oven proof pan. Place the chicken breasts in the middle of the pan and place the pan in the oven. Cook chicken for 25 minutes.
  11. Take the chicken out of the oven and place it on a plate and cover with tin foil. Next, you are going to make the sauce in the same pan as you cooked the chicken. Pour the chicken broth and balsamic vinegar into the pan. Boil the liquid until it's reduce by half. Once half the liquid has been reduced, place the butter in the pan and stir until it melts.
  12. Cut the kitchen twine and slice the chicken into 1 inch rounds. Serve on a plate and spoon the sauce on top of the chicken. Enjoy!
We enjoyed a nice candlelit dinner at our dormroom table :) Tyler was so sweet and got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and wrote me a sweet note....I have the best husband in the world! Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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