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30 Minute Bake Recipe ~ Chicken Prosciutto Mozzarella with Italian Flair

Updated on October 25, 2016
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Chicken Mozzarella ala Parma

Chicken Mozzarella ala Parma
Chicken Mozzarella ala Parma | Source

Easy 30 Minute Prep Recipe

If you are looking for an easy recipe that can be made in 30 minutes and is a sure winner for company meals, then you have come to the right place.

Most often my husband does the cooking for our dinner parties and many times his recipes are quite intricate and involved and take a lot of time to execute. Sometimes he starts the process a day or two in advance depending upon the menu for that evening.

Some things actually improve and the flavors have a chance to blend and/or mellow by doing this. Soups are a good example. They can be served chilled or reheated, depending upon what is best, and finishing garnishes added at the last moment before serving.

It is nice to find an occasional recipe that is not only delicious but also simple and easy to make, and he has amassed some of those as well in his collection of recipes.

After trying a new recipe and following the directions exactly...my husband then likes to play around with it to see if he can come up with something new or make alterations, and this is how this easy chicken mozzarella recipe with Italian flair was created. It is quite different from the fish entrée which originally inspired it.


Mozzarella cheese

This is one of the three ingredients aside from salt and pepper seasonings in this recipe.

You heard that right! You need only three ingredients to make this delicious dish.

This recipe calls for fresh mozzarella cheese and if you can locate it and if your budget allows...buffalo mozzarella is the tastiest version.

Fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese comes from water buffalo milk instead of cows milk.

We purchase ours from Costco and it is sold in plastic containers with briny liquid surrounding the small balls of the fresh mozzarella, or in slightly larger containers where the mozzarella pieces are tightly wrapped in cellophane.

Prosciutto de Parma packages we purchase from Costco

Prosciutto de Parma packages we purchase from Costco
Prosciutto de Parma packages we purchase from Costco | Source

Prosciutto


Prosciutto di Parma is the second ingredient for this baked chicken recipe.

Prosciutto di Parma is the highest grade of this ham product and originates from Italy. There are other ham products labeled prosciutto but only those originating from a small area in Italy and meeting the highest of standards can be labeled as Prosciutto di Parma.

From the special diets of the pigs to how the ham legs are processed and the long aging time all account for the superior taste.

Most delicatessen departments in large grocery or specialty stores carry this prosciutto. Those of us with access to Costco stores such as we have in Houston, Texas are fortunate. We can get the real Prosciutto di Parma packages direct from Italy at a good price.


You don't need many slices for this chicken recipe...so go ahead and splurge on this ingredient. You will be glad that you did!

Prosciutto di Parma...

Cutting chicken breasts in half length-wise.

Cutting chicken breasts in half length-wise.
Cutting chicken breasts in half length-wise. | Source

Chicken Recipe

Our third and last prime ingredient is skinless boneless chicken breasts.

The first step is to wash them under running water and dry them completely with paper towels.

If they are large sized chicken breasts (as many of them are) cut in half into nice sized portions. Then slice with a sharp knife in half length-wise not cutting through entirely...as is shown in the accompanying photo.

Lay them open and season them with salt and pepper to taste keeping in mind that the prosciutto is salty.

If using thin skinless boneless fillets of chicken you can skip this step. Just season one side of them with the salt and pepper.

Chicken recipe prep photos

Cutting fresh mozzarella cheese
Cutting fresh mozzarella cheese | Source
Placing fresh mozzarella onto the pieces of chicken
Placing fresh mozzarella onto the pieces of chicken | Source

Chicken Mozzarella ala Parma

This is the appropriate name that my husband has come up with for this easy to assemble recipe since two of the three main ingredients come from Italy.

Directions

The next assembly steps are so simple.



Just cut slices of the fresh mozzarella cheese and put appropriately sized pieces onto the chicken folding the top back over it as these photos demonstrate.


Chicken pieces awaiting the next step of preparation...

Chicken pieces awaiting the next step of preparation...
Chicken pieces awaiting the next step of preparation... | Source

The next step is to simply roll the chicken and mozzarella in the paper thin slices of the prosciutto. One slice of prosciutto per chicken piece is more than sufficient.

Prosciutto wrapped chicken stuffed with fresh mozzarella...

Prosciutto wrapped chicken stuffed with fresh mozzarella...
Prosciutto wrapped chicken stuffed with fresh mozzarella... | Source

Place on baking sheets sprayed with Pam or lightly greased with some other product and place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until it is done.

When serving to a plate be sure and use all of any mozzarella cheese that oozes out of the chicken. It is delicious!

Chicken Mozzarella ala Parma ready to be baked in the oven.

Chicken Mozzarella ala Parma ready to be baked in the oven.
Chicken Mozzarella ala Parma ready to be baked in the oven. | Source

Does this look like a simple enough recipe that you will be making for yourself and/or your guests?

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Be prepared for rave reviews from your family and friends when you make this simple 30 minute recipe using these simple but delicious ingredients.

Serve with accompanying vegetables and perhaps a starch of your choice as well as a crisp fresh salad for a nutritious and wholesome meal. Risotto and baked asparagus would be a good suggestion. But I'll leave the rest of the meal up to you to complete.

Hope you enjoy this chicken entrée recipe with definite Italian flair as much as we and our friends do! Buon appetito!

Please rate this recipe! Thanks!

4 stars from 39 ratings of Chicken with Prosciutto & Mozzarella

© 2012 Peggy Woods

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      This truly is delicious. I hope you get to try it sometime. If you have a deli near you, you can have them thinly slice a piece of prosciutto and give you a taste. You want it to be sliced paper thin if possible. A substitute if you cannot find prosciutto and do not wish to order it online would be very thinly sliced ham. Again...get it as thinly sliced as possible to replicate the prosciutto.

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      Susie Lehto 3 months ago from Minnesota

      Does that ever look good...delicious I bet! I don't think I have ever had Prosciutto, but I do want to try it. Wrapped around chicken with mozzarella sound like a real treat.

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      Not only does this chicken mozzarella dish look great...it tastes even better! :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi peachpurple,

      This truly would be a good restaurant dish but is so simple to make at home. Hope you give it a try!

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Your family is sure to love this meal particularly since all of the ingredients are already favorites. Enjoy it with my blessings! Thanks for the votes and all the shares. Enjoy your Sunday! :)

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