- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 small portions marinated persian feta, crumbled. (hard to give an amount, it depends on the size of your chicken breast)
- 4 semi dried tomatoes
- 4 basil leaves
- 6 asparagus spears
- 6 thin slices proscuitto
- Drizzle of balsamic glaze
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
- Trim the fat from your chicken breasts, then, using a small sharp knife, slice a pocket into the thickest part.
I'm not going to pretend I didn't use this as a puppet and make it talk...
- Place a basil leaf on the bottom and top of the pocket, then stuff with sun dried tomatoes and feta.
- Sear the chicken on both sides in a frypan which can also go in the oven, over medium heat. You will probably need both a spatula and tongs to do the flipping. The chicken doesn't need to be cooked all the way through at this point (see pic).
This photo is with the original version I made with the cherry tomatoes and bocconcini (hiding in the back). Turns out the pic I took with sun dried tomatoes was blurry - sorry!
- Place the frypan in the oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until cooked through and moist. Once ready, remove the matchsticks.
- When the oven has about 7 minutes to go, snap off the woody ends of your asparagus and wrap each piece in a thin slice of proscuitto.
- Pan fry the asparagus for about 2 minutes on each side. It will be bright green and able to bend slightly without being floppy when it is ready.
- Serve chicken and asparagus drizzled in some balsamic glaze (you can buy this from most big grocery stores nowadays).
Our Take Aways
This is a sweet little dish. It was pretty easy to throw together. I much prefer the sun dried tomato and feta version to the cherry tomato and bocconcini version - so much more flavour. However I did have the thought that pre-marinating the chicken in some olive oil and balsamic vinegar could taste great with the cherry tomatoes etc. Or you could serve asparagus by itself and wrap the proscuitto over the chicken as al alternative...Either way - with a nice glass of pinot noir - this is a lovely dinner.