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Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken
with lemony garlic broccoli / orzo

Active: 25 minTotal: 40 min

This elegant dinner is worthy of serving to guests. When it was last featured in 2017, reviewers noted that it would be good with a pasta base, so this version includes quick-cooking orzo pasta.



Lemony Garlic Broccoli:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, sliced
  • Broccoli - 1 1/4 lbs, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken:
  • Cheese, fontina - 4 slices, shredded or torn into pieces (sub provolone or swiss)
  • Pasta, orzo - 1 cup
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 2, butterflied and flattened
  • Basil, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Prosciutto, thinly sliced - 6 slices
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
  • Wine, white - 1/4 cup (sub stock)

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  1. Cheese / Garlic / Broccoli - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Pasta - Cook according to package directions.
  3. Chicken breasts - Butterfly chicken breasts by slicing chicken breast in half, making sure you don’t slice all the way through so that the two halves are still connected. Open up chicken breasts, like opening a book. Place parchment paper over breasts and pound with a tenderizer, until breasts are about 1/2” / 1.25 cm thick. Sprinkle with basil with some salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. Spread cheese on one half of each chicken breast. Fold chicken breasts closed and wrap each stuffed chicken breast with 3 slices of prosciutto. Watch this video to see how it's done. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)


  1. Heat oven to 375F / 191C.
  2. Toss oil (portion for broccoli) with garlic and broccoli. Spread out on a sheet pan. Roast, shaking pan halfway through cooking, until broccoli is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. While broccoli is roasting, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil (portion for chicken) and then prosciutto-wrapped chicken breasts to heated oil. Sear on each side for 2-1/2 minutes and then transfer to the oven, cooking for another 8 to 15 minutes, until chicken reaches 165F / 74C.
  4. When broccoli is finished, toss with lemon juice and butter. Season with some salt and pepper.
  5. Stir cornstarch into stock.
  6. When chicken breasts are done, remove from pan to rest. Place skillet over medium heat and pour in white wine, scraping up any bits remaining in the pan. Next add stock and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, until sauce is thick and creamy.
  7. If pasta was made ahead, reheat in the microwave. Toss with a splash of oil if the pasta sticks together.
  8. Slice chicken breasts and serve over pasta. Spoon sauce over top. Enjoy with broccoli on the side.

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This meal has 42 reviews

This has been my husband's all time favorite meal, he was a happy boy. It was pretty good.

By: Kristine
Posted: Aug 21, 2019
Diet: Original

One of my absolute favorite cooksmarts recipes!! It takes a bit of work, but this is an excellent meal for impressing guests with your culinary abilities. And the vegetarian version (chard and cheese frittata) is excellent as well. Chard and egg go so well together.

By: Caitlin
Posted: May 04, 2019
Diet: Original

Very good, might be good for when guests come over.

By: Brian
Posted: Mar 16, 2019
Diet: Original

Fantastic. I was generous with the prosciutto to keep the bundle tidy. The cheese didn't leak, and it was delicious.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Mar 13, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

Sloppy to wrap, and chicken was a bit dry, but it was good.

By: Sundi
Posted: Mar 09, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Substituted Quorn turkey loaf to make it vegetarian. The effect was not at all like stuffed chicken (ha!), but it was still delicious. The sauce was yummy, but for some reason the orzo seemed to soak it all up in the leftovers. For that reason, I might make extra sauce next time and store it separately.

By: Jenn
Posted: Mar 04, 2019
Diet: Original