As the More is More Mom® I’m all about……..more good finger lickin’ chicken! Now, I knew I was onto something when my family asked, “Is there more?” You are totally going to love this recipe; it’s beautiful, simple and elegant. Perfect for a family meal or for a crowd….
Pancetta Wrapped Chicken Breasts:
4-5 slices of pancetta per chicken breast
6 sage leaves per chicken breast (you can certainly substitute with basil, or leave the herbs out entirely)
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast per person
Salt and pepper
You’ll start with a quick prep the night before you want to serve dinner.
Un-coil 4-5 pancetta slices per chicken breast.
Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breast with salt and pepper
Place 3 sage leaves on the underside of the chicken, placing the breast directly on the uncoiled pancetta
Place 3 additional sage leaves on top of the chicken breast
Wrap each chicken breast, tightly, in plastic wrap, so the pancetta becomes a second skin
Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts
Chill over night
Pre-heat oven to 375°
In an oven safe skillet, heat pan over medium-high heat, adding ½ Tbsp oil per chicken breast.
Once the oil is sizzling, reduce heat to medium
Place the chicken breasts, seam side down, for approximately 5 minutes per side.
To be certain that I didn’t serve my family a dinner laden with salmonella, I decided that once all the breasts and pancetta had browned, I would pop the skillet in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
Let stand for a few minutes
In the meantime, I made a delicious, classic risotto
32-oz of chicken broth
1 stick of butter
¾ cup chopped onion, from ½ of a large onion
2 cups of Arborio rice
¾ cup white wine
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
In a saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a slow simmer, reduce heat
6 Tbsp butter
Sautee until the onion is tender, but not brown
Rice, stirring until well coated by the butter
Simmer for approximately 3 minutes, until the wine has largely evaporated
Stir until almost completely absorbed
Continue to add the broth, ½ cup at a time, until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
Remove from the heat
2 Tbsp of butter
Sprinkle with salt and pepper
*Note: My kids prefer their risotto without the fresh cheese
More beautiful meals, more tasty morsels, more family dinners….