Here is yet another easy, quick, and relatively light weeknight dinner recipe: chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese and prosciutto. As with other quick chicken recipes I make, these are with thinly sliced breasts folded over a filling, but you can adapt it to work with full-sized breast halves by slicing into the breast and creating a pocket, then adjusting the cooking time accordingly (and perhaps finishing it in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350F after sauteing)
The packs of thinly sliced breasts that I buy have 5 breasts per package. Accordingly, I split my goat cheese (Chevrai brand, 4 oz) into 5 slices, and buy a prepackaged proscuitto that also has 5 slices per package. Don't ask me if the prosciutto is domestic or imported, I have no idea. I'm a gourmand, not a gourmet (where cooking is concerned, anyway). All I know is: it tastes good and it is easy.
I always bread the chicken when I make this recipe. Because the chicken gets folded, I only bread one side. To do this, dredge one side of the chicken successively in flour, beaten egg and seasoned bread crumbs.
Then, lay the breast down, with the coated side face down. Lay the full slice of prosciutto on top of the breast, and then the slice of goat cheese on top of the prosciutto, on the lower half of the breast.
Fold over and secure with toothpicks.
Saute over medium-high heat in a cooking spray-coated pan, for about 4 minutes per side. Make sure that the fold on the side of the chicken (opposite the open end) is also cooked. You might have to get a pair of tongs and hold the chicken on-end to accomplish this.
And then it should be done, and ready to eat! Simple, and yummy!
If you want to make more, scale everything up depending on how much chicken you intend to use!
Goat Cheese and Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- 1 package of thinly-sliced chicken breasts (each breast is approximately 4 oz)
- 1 block of goat cheese, 4 oz, sliced to match breast number (can use more cheese if making more than 5 breasts)
- 1 package of prosciutto (enough for 1 slice per breast)
- Seasoned breadcrumbs
- Beaten egg and flour for dredging
- Coat one side of the breasts in breadcrumbs: first, dredge one side in flour; then beaten egg; then seasoned crumbs.
- Place breast coated side down
- Layer on one piece of prosciuto
- Place one slice of goat cheese on lower half of breast, and fold breast over, securing with toothpicks
- Saute with cooking spray over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes per side, until done. Don't neglect the fold.