Pancetta Wrapped Chicken Cutlets
Chicken cutlets are pounded thin in this recipe with a meat mallet, filled with cooked spinach, onions, and garlic, & wrapped in pancetta and held together by toothpicks. Fry it ’til it’s brown and then finish it in the oven. Buy 8 small chicken cutlets or 4 breasts that are butterflied (you would cut these in half to make 8 cutlets). Whats the difference between prosciutto and pancetta? Prosciutto is similar to ham, is dry cured, and is eaten uncooked. Pancetta is similar to bacon and should be cooked.
- Prep Time: 40 Minutes
- Cook Time: 20 Minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 4
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Stovetop / Oven
- Cuisine: International
- 8 chicken cutlets (4 chicken breasts)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 8 ounces spinach
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup Parmesan
- 8 slices pancetta
- 1/4 tsp salt
- pinch pepper
- 16 toothpicks
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Bring a large pan to medium high heat and add the oil. When hot, add onions and cook ~ 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
- Lower heat and add spinach. Move around with tongs and cook for 3-4 minutes or until nearly wilted. Add parmesan, mix, and set aside.
- Lay cutlets on a cutting board and place a piece of plastic wrap over the top. Pound 8 chicken cutlets thin with a meat mallet (come on – get out that aggression!) and season with salt and pepper. Lay chicken out & evenly divide the spinach mixture.
- Roll up chicken tightly and gently wrap a piece of pancetta around each cutlet. The pancetta may not be big enough to wrap around the whole cutlet – that’s ok – just secure it with two toothpicks.
- Add oil to lightly coat a large pan. Sear chicken (pancetta side down) ~ 2 1/2 minutes or until brown. Flip and cook an additional 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a baking pan or sheet and cook in the oven ~ 5 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165F and juices run clear.
- Rest 5 minutes before eating. Add salt to taste. Happy Eating! Beckie
TIP: Don’t want to pan fry the chicken? Turn up the heat to 400F and bake in oven ~ 18-20 minutes, checking occasionally to see if pancetta is burning. If it’s still not browning then broil for a couple minutes but watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn. You will also want to make sure the chicken is cooked through.
Things In My Kitchen:
- Meat Mallet – good for getting some aggression out and also making meat paper thin if needed.
- Toothpicks – affordable and a touch decorative.
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Keywords: Pancetta, Gluten Free, Low