The first thing I think of when I think of basil is pesto, and I did make pesto this week. I have tons of basil in my garden, and it’s a good thing to have on hand. But, I didn’t want to share yet another pesto recipe with you. Instead, I decided to use the pesto in my main dish and I came up with a pesto cream sauce to
spoon over baked chicken. I am always, always, always looking for ways to jazz up chicken, so I decided to wrap the chicken with prosciutto before baking it. The resulting combination of the chicken, salty, crisp prosciutto, and pesto cream sauce was fabulous. It’s a dish that’s easy enough to make it a week-night staple, but also something that you could serve to impress dinner guests.
PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED CHICKEN WITH PESTO CREAM SAUCE
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Salt and pepper
6 slices prosciutto
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup white wine
¼ cup pesto
Generously salt and pepper the chicken then brush with olive oil. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each piece of chicken. Put the chicken on a cooling rack (sprayed with cooking spray) that’s been placed on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 45 minutes. When the chicken has about 5 minutes left, make the sauce. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a small saucepan and whisk in 1 tablespoon flour to make a roux.
Whisk and let cook for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in the cream and let it simmer for a minute or two, then whisk in the wine and pesto. Let it come to a bubble, then turn down the heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Serve over prosciutto wrapped chicken.
NOTE: As always, use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is done. Also, if you don’t like chicken thighs, use boneless, skinless breasts.
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg