proscuitto, goat cheese, and basil stuffed chicken with mushrooms

the windchill was something like -26 in madison today. you cannot make your fitbit happy on a day like this, because you cannot in your right mind go outside. i should have probably made stew to combat the painful coldness but that would be pretty high in calories, and, since i mainly sat in one place and tried not to freeze today, i went with stuffed chicken with mushrooms (540 calories).

adapted from bon appetit.

makes 2 servings

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 4 pieces proscuitto
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 8 basil leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 4 cups crimini mushrooms, washed and halved
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon red wine

cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise, leaving just the last 1/2 inch connected. salt and pepper the chicken breasts. layer 2 pieces of proscuitto, 1 ounce of goat cheese, and 4 basil leaves on each chicken breast. fold the chicken breast together.

then, roll the stuffed chicken breast and pin together with two toothpicks.

preheat oven to 450. in a pan, melt butter. cook chicken for 8-10 minutes on all sides but without moving them around too much. remove chicken from pan and bake for another 10 minutes in oven.

melt another tablespoon of butter to pan. add shallots and cook until translucent. add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, until brown. season with salt and pepper. add in chicken broth and wine. simmer until liquid reduces, about 10 minutes.

serve chicken with mushroom sauce poured over top and on the side.

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