Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chicken w/Smoked Ham and Parmesan

I originally found this recipe about 5 years ago in a cookbook about Italian cooking.  Since then, I have made this too many times to count.  It is one of the regulars in our dinner rotation due to its ease and quickness of preparation.  Additionally, we usually have the ingredients for this in our refrigerator at all times, so no special trips to the store are needed.  You can use whatever smoked deli ham ham you prefer for this (I like Boar's Head brand), and any leftover ham can be used for sandwiches for lunch the next day.  I have even tried prosciutto, but the flavor of the ham overpowered everything else, so I would not advise using it in this case.

We typically will have this with a side of pasta (one of our favorites can be found here) and some form of vegetable(s).  I particularly like to pair this with sauteed broccoli or roasted asparagus.  

Chicken w/Smoked Ham and Parmesan

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 thin slices smoked deli ham
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter, melted
Salt and pepper

Lightly pound chicken breasts to achieve a uniform thickness.  Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.  Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high.  Place chicken in pan and cook 7-8 minutes on first side.  Flip chicken.

Cook on second side for 3-4 minutes.  Lightly drape each piece of chicken with a slice of ham.  Divide Parmesan cheese evenly and sprinkle over each slice of ham.  Drizzle each piece of chicken with 1/2 Tbsp butter.  Continue cooking another 2-3 minutes, or until chicken is done and ham is warmed.  Serve immediately.

1 comment:

  1. Some of my favorite ingredients! Chicken ham and cheese! This sounds delicious. I am so glad I found your blog via the hop and can't wait to check out more recipes. I would like to invite you to visit and follow my blog when you have a moment. Donna


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