This recipe combines a couple of my all time favorite ingredients, wild mushrooms and prosciutto. It's a fairly simple way to dress up an every day chicken breast. The mushrooms can be done a day ahead and any left over mushrooms can be used to enrich a pasta sauce or a soup, heck if you really want to go wild as part of a salad.
1 large boneless skinless chicken breast
1/2 pound chopped wild mushrooms- mixed your choice
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons soft goat cheese
6 very thin slices of prosciutto
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large sauté pan over medium high heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and allow to get hot, but not smoking. Add chopped mushrooms and sauté until lightly caramelized. Add shallots and garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add fresh thyme and toss. Set aside to cool.
Butterfly chicken breast making one large heart shaped piece of meat. Place chicken between two pieces of plastic wrap and flatted with a tenderize mallet or the bottom of a cool sauté pan. You want an evenly thin piece of chicken.
When your mushrooms are cool, mix in goat cheese until completely incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Season inside of chicken breast with salt and pepper. Place a line of mushroom mixture down one side of the chicken breast. Wrap chicken breast around mushroom mixture.
Lay prosciutto out on cutting board overlapping slightly. Place chicken breast seam side down on prosciutto and roll chicken in prosciutto. Season with black pepper, the prosciutto will have enough salt.
In a large sauté pan over high heat add remaining olive oil and allow to get hot. Place chicken seam side down and allow to sear. Turn chicken and brown on all sides. Place in a 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until internal temp is 165 degrees. Allow to rest before cutting and serving.
This recipe can be done with just about any protein pork, beef, turkey, duck even fish. With a little practice butterflying your proteins is a great way to speed up the cooking time or improve the appearence of a dish. Try this the next time you have a little extra time and want something a little more fancy. Cheers, enjoy!