Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Nov 30, 2020 | Chicken and Poultry, Recipes

For whatever reason, boneless, skinless chicken breast is one of Canada’s most popular meats or poultry cuts. Personally, I’m not really a fan. I find that chicken breast is often bland and dry becasue it’s been overcooked. It doesn’t have to be either of those things. Today, I will share a technique for stuffing and wrapping chicken breast that will help prevent it from drying out, and that will keep it interesting for years to come. Specifically, we will make Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach and Goat Cheese, but the technique is really the core of this post, not the recipe. What do I mean by that? You’ll have to keep reading to find out. Let’s get to it.

Proscuitto Wrapped Chicken

Chicken Stuffing

The stuffing for the Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken is made of shallots (you can use onions), garlic, roasted red pepper, spinach and goat cheese. It is not complex by any means. You can find all the measurements in the written recipe at the end of the post. To make the stuffing, mince the shallot or onion and the garlic, and dice the red pepper. Heat a medium frying pan over medium-high heat, then add one tablespoon of olive oil, then the shallot and garlic. Cook for two minutes, then add in the red pepper, cook for one minute, then add in the spinach and cook until it is wilted. Season with salt and pepper, then take the stuffing out of the pan and set it aside to cool. Once the mixture has cooled, mix in the goat cheese. Just like that, the stuffing is ready.

As I said in the introduction, this post not so much about the stuffing recipe, though it is delicious. Use the recipe, you’ll be happy you did, but focus more on how to cut the chicken breast, how to wrap it and how to cook it. Becasue if you master those techniques, you can stuff the chicken with whatever you want from Boursin Cheese, to apple, cranberries and brie, to caramelizd onion and Swiss. Focus on the techniuqe.

Jarred Roasted Red Peppers vs. Homemade

I used store-bought roasted red peppers in my chicken, stuffing for one main reason. It is a lot easier and quicker to buy roasted red peppers than roast them at home. There is very little difference in taste between the store-bought ones and the homemade ones. If you want to roast the peppers yourself, go for it, I often do, but it is okay to use jarred ones as well.

Cutting The Chicken Breast For Stuffing

To prepare the chicken for stuffing, you first have to remove the little flap of meat on the bottom of the chicken breast known as the tender. If you buy breaded chicken tenders at the store or the pub, what you’re getting is that little piece of meat on the underside of the breast. Whenever I take the tender off of a chicken breast, I freeze it, then when I have enough, I bread and fry them. The tender has to come off the breast because it tends to affect how the breast cooks. Often there will be a small patch of raw chicken under the tender. So, it’s best to remove it.

To make the pocket for the stuffing, use a knife (you might prefer a paring knife for this job) to cut a two-inch opening in the side of the chicken that goes about two-thirds of the way through the breast. Try your best not to cut through the other side or the bottom of the breast.

Stuffing and Wrapping The Chicken in Prosciutto

Now that you have a pocket in your chicken breasts, you can fill them with the stuffing. Use a spoon to push the stuffing into the breast. Don’t push the stuffing into the chicken with too much force as you may split the breasts. To wrap the chicken, lay a twelve-inch length of plastic wrap on your cutting board. Put two overlapping pieces of prosciutto down on the board, then place the chicken on the prosciutto. Use the plastic wrap to pull up on the prosciutto and roll it tightly around the chicken breast. Repeat with the second breast.

Cooking The Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken

Cooking the prosciutto-wrapped chicken happens in two stages. The first stage is to sear the chicken in a hot pan. This first step will seal the prosciutto around the chicken, and it will help make the prosciutto crispy. The last thing you want is soggy prosciutto. The second stage of the cooking process happens in the oven. This will cook the chicken breast and finish crisping the prosciutto.

To cook the chicken, heat a medium-oven safe pan over medium-high heat. Add one tablespoon of canola oil into the pan, then place the breasts in the pan with the seam of the prosciutto facing down. Leave the chicken alone for three to four minutes or until it releases from the pan easily. Flip it, and leave it alone for another two to three minutes. Drain the oil out of the pan, then put the pan in the oven at 375°f for 30 to 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reaches 165°f. Remove the chicken from the oven, take it out of the pan and let it rest for five to ten minutes before cutting it. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice and vegetables.

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Breast

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper, and Goat Cheese then wrapped in prosciutto.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: Chicken, chicken recipes, Prosciutto, Stuffed Chicken
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Chef’s Notes


  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 4 Prosciutto Slices
  • 1/4 cup Minced Shallot or Onion
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Red Pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1/4 cup Goat Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Canola Oil


Chicken Stuffing

  • Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil along with the shallot and garlic. Cook for two minutes then add in the red pepper and spinach. Season with salt and pepper and cook just until the spinach is wilted. Let the filling cool to room temperature then mix with the goat cheese.

Prepping The Chicken

  • Cut the little flap of meat (the tender) off the bottom of the chicken breast. Lay the chicken breast flat on your cutting board. Make an incision in the chicken and cut 2/3 of the way through the breast, making a pocket for the stuffing. Repeat with the second breast

Stuffing and Wrapping The Chicken

  • Using a spoon push the stuffing into the chicken breasts but don't force so much filling into the breasts that they explode.
  • Lay a 12-inch length of plastic wrap flat on your cutting board and place two prosciutto slices on it overlapping each other. Put the chicken breast, open side down on the prosciutto and use the plastic to pull the proscuitto up and over the chicken. Roll until the breast is fully wrapped. Repeat with the other breast.

Cooking The Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken

  • Heat a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the canola oil into the pan. Put the chicken in the pan with the seam of the prosciutto down. Cook the chicken for 3 to 4 minutes, flip, cook for another 2 minutes, drain off any excess oil and put in the oven on 375°f for 30 to 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reaches 165°f.
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Stuffing chicken breast and wrapping it in prosciutto or bacon is a great way to jazz up that boring old bland piece of chicken. You can switch the stuffing up however you’d like by using things like Boursin or cream cheese, basil leaves instead of spinach, or any number of other ingredients. Really, this is more about the technique of stuffing the chicken, wrapping it and cooking it, so the prosciutto or bacon remains crisp. The recipe for the stuffing, delicious as it is, is irrelevant. Use the technique, create your own stuffing recipes and enjoy.

Come back on Wednesday to see how to make homemade Gluten-Free Eggrolls with homemade plum sauce.

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  1. Michele

    5 stars
    Do I double the recipe for 4 people?

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