Wrapped baked chicken in “presunto”

If you are interested in Portuguese cuisine, you should familiarize yourself with
presunto (prosciutto). It is served as an appetizer, it’s delicious in sandwiches,
mouth-watering yummy when included in bread dough (eat it while still hot),
and extra savoury with meals. One such recipe is the wrapped baked chicken.
It’s easy to make and very delicious for a weeknight dinner.

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 8-12 slices presunto
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely-chopped fresh sage
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • fresh lemon wedges

 

Preparation

  1. To brine the chicken: Simply fill a large bowl with 1 quart of warm water and 1/4 cup kosher salt.  Stir to combine until most of the salt is absorbed.  Add the chicken breasts and let them sit in the mixture to brine for 15 minutes.  Or you can also also cover the bowl and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.  Remove the chicken breasts from the brine, rinse them with cold water, then pat them dry with some paper towels.
  2. To cook the chicken: Heat oven to 450°F.
  3. Wrap each chicken breast with 2-3 slices of presunto, so that the presunto covers most of the chicken.
  4. Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in a large baking dish.  Brush the chicken breasts evenly with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter.  Then season both sides of the chicken breasts with a quick pinch of salt and pepper, then lay the chicken back in a single layer in the baking dish.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
  6. Once the chicken is cooked, remove the pan from the oven and loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil.  Let the chicken rest for at least 5-10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, as the chicken is cooking, add the remaining 3 tablespoonsbutter to a small sauté pan, along with the garlic, sage and crushed red pepper flakes.  Sauté over medium-low for 6-8 minutes, or until the sage starts to get slightly crispy.  Slowly add in the white wine, and simmer for 5 more minutes.  Remove from heat.
  8. Once the chicken and sauce are ready to go, spoon the sage-butter sauce evenly over the baked chicken breasts.  Then serve immediately with fresh lemon wedges, sprinkled with optional garnishes if you’d like.

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