Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breast With Yummy Sides!

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Prosciutto wrapped chicken breasts always look great in pictures, to the point where they make my mouth water. So, instead of drooling over everyone else’s meals, I decided to make it for myself.

My dinner was: cream cheese and basil stuffed chicken breast, wrapped in prosciutto, served with wedges and chorizo and garlic spinach.

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Ingredients!

After my big Aldi shop I had all my ingredients ready, they were:

  • Chicken breast
  • Prosciutto
  • Chorizo
  • Sweet chilli cream cheese
  • Potato
  • Sweet Potato
  • Spinach
  • White onion
  • Garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper

Firstly I started off with my potato sides. I made two because Jack isn’t a huge fan of sweet potato, and I don’t like normal potato. Due to my dislike of potatoes, I hadn’t ever made wedges before, but presumed they couldn’t be too different from the sweet variety, and I was correct.

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Garlic potatoes!

I chopped one baking potato in half, and then cut it into wedges. In a lightly oiled roasting tin I added the wedges, sprinkled with salt and pepper and added two cloves of garlic. As these were going to take longer than the sweet potato I put these into the oven first, which was preheated to 180 degrees.

 

Whilst these started cooking I prepped the sweet potato by cutting it in chunks. After 15 minutes I added the sweet potato into the same tray as the wedges, ensuring there was enough seasoning and oil to coat them lightly. These remained in the oven for a further 35 minutes.

The overall cooking time for the chicken took about 20 minutes so I started prepping it as the potatoes went in.

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Stuffed!

Using a sharp knife I carefully cut a slit in the chicken breasts, enough to be able to fill with cream cheese and basil leaves. On this occasion I decided to use up my remaining sweet chilli Philadelphia cream cheese, so spooned around 2 heaped portions of it into the chicken. On top of the cream cheese I added 3 basil leaves and pulled the chicken breast closed. Obviously, depending on the size of the chicken breast the amount of filling will vary, however the ones I got from Aldi were a really good size.

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Wrapped!

It was then the point to wrap the chicken tightly with the prosciutto. This bit is important as it ensures that everything is held in tightly during the cooking process.

I ended up using 3 slices per piece of chicken, and wrapped them over each other as best as I possibly could to keep in all the flavours. This was a bit fiddly but the prosciutto stayed around the chicken nicely and I didn’t need to use any cocktail sticks for reinforcement.

Once the chicken was wrapped and secure I seared it in a pan with 1 tablespoon of hot oil. This took about 3 minutes on each side, to make the prosciutto crisp up ready for the oven.

When there was around 15 minutes remaining on the potatoes, that I lightly shook every 20 mins or so, I added the chicken breasts on a separate baking tray.

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Chorizo!

Now, onto my final component, the spinach. In the same pan that I seared my chicken breasts I added 1/2 finely chopped white onion, along with 2 minced garlic cloves. I cooked this over a medium heat until they began to soften then adding the chorizo. I didn’t measure this ingredient, but I must say I did add quite a lot, as it is one of my favourite meats, and I knew Jack would enjoy it too.

The juices that came from the chorizo gave the onions great colour and amazing spicy flavour. Once everything had started to crisp up I added a whole bag of spinach. I was secretly hoping I would have some leftover for my lunch today, but- to Jack’s amazement- the spinach reduced a lot, and there was just the perfect amount for both of our plates.

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Plated up!

Finally, everything was finished. I checked the chicken in the widest part to ensure it was cooked. Everything was perfect, and it all looked and smelt amazing, I was very excited to eat it. As the chicken was so juicy, and the sides so flavoursome we didn’t need any sauces- not even any mayo for me!

The whole dish was really filling, which made it great value for money. Per person the cost for the meal was about £3.25, and although it wasn’t one of my cheapest dinners, it is far more meaty than most other things I cook!

I really enjoyed cooking something a bit different, below is the recipe I followed for the chicken breast…

https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/chicken-breasts-wrapped-in-prosciutto.html

 

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