Chicken with Prosciutto, Fontina, and Arugula

April 11, 2013 · 16 comments

in chicken/poultry,quick and easy

A few weeks back, I had a really proud mom moment when we were eating dinner and my not-yet-three-year-old said, “Mom, is this a sundried tomato?” Add to that him telling me he ate all his prosciutto a few weeks later without my reminding him what it was called, and I was pretty much beaming. This kid eats, recognizes, and loves things that I probably didn’t even get to have until I was in my twenties. Lucky, lucky dude. He’s also in a phase where he calls things his “favorites” and the night we had this he asked what was for dinner. I told him we were having crispy chicken with cheese and ham. He said, “But I want one of my favorites!” and I told him, “I know you’re going to like this dinner because it has a lot of things you like.” Sure enough, he asked for more chicken twice and by the end of the meal, he declared it a new favorite.

Of course it wasn’t just Zachary who enjoyed this dinner—we all did. I adored this meal for so many reasons. You really can’t go wrong with crispy, panko-coated chicken, even if it’s just served on its own. Topped with creamy cheese and salty prosciuitto, this meal feels indulgent, but the fresh and peppery arugula on top keeps this from feeling too heavy and is the perfect counterpart to the rest of the components. Plus, it’s incredibly quick and simple to make, but feels special and is totally company-worthy.

The original recipe actually calls for a triple creme cheese or brie but :::shielding self::: I’ve just never been a huge brie fan. I know, I know, I’m crazy. I can eat it but it’s just never been one of my favorite cheeses.  Instead, I went with something that melts well and is still pretty creamy—fontina. It paired really well with the prosciutto and I’ll likely use it again next time, though I’m sure that several cheeses will work in its place if you are so inclined.

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Mary Ellen April 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

This looks fabulous! That’s great Z eats so many things. Lucky kid, indeed!

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The Home Cook April 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

Z is a smart kid – this is one of our favs, too, although I can’t believe you don’t like Brie. I need to make this again soon, thanks for the reminder. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos!

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SummerLily April 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

This looks delicious! I found your blog a few months ago…all your recipes look so good. I actually made your Strawberry cake w/ cream cheese frosting for my 3 year old daughters birthday last month :)

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Amy | Club Narwhal April 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Oh, man, what a lucky kid. And with such good taste! I remember being introduced to artichokes at the ripe old age of 20. It was a revelation. I kept wishing I had been introduced to them earlier so I could have had that much more time to enjoy them! I am a fan of any breaded chicken recipe and this one looks perfect. Love the arugula and prosciutto!

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Mr. & Mrs. P April 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm

We love proscutto and fontina!!! What a great dish… Will give it a try!!

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm

As soon as I saw this I remembered I have a big bag of arugula in the fridge and no plans for it. Guess what just got added to my menu!

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Joanne April 12, 2013 at 5:42 am

You are definitely raising a cute little foodie!!! I love it.

This is very similar to a meal my mom always used to make for us and even this vegetarian can admit that prosciutto on crispy panko chicken is a good thing!

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bellini April 13, 2013 at 6:58 am

Fontina is one of my favourite melting cheeses although I do love brie in a sandwich or something like that. It needs accompaniment. It was so cute to hear about your son as well and his favourite dishes:D

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Banana Wonder April 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Elly, I swear to god you could really turn me into a meat eater! Also, I know understand that Chicago is very much a meat eating city. Also, please send all your brie my way.

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Annie April 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

This looks and sounds completely awesome, and I love Zachary! He is too cute.

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Erica April 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

I made this last night and it was delicious. Unfortunately we have an electric range so the chicken took much longer to cook through but besides that it all went Great. Compliments from my husband but our 3 year old wouldn’t try it. She said she might try it next time and I’m sure I will make it again. I also really enjoyed the simple dressing for the arugula. I recently made a simple dressing from Ina Garten and I think yours was much better. Good call on the red wine vinegar.

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elly April 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

Glad you liked it, Erica. 3 year olds can be finicky can’t they? I like when they say they will do something next time. My 3 year old was recently stalling a lot at bedtime and then told me “he would listen on Saturday.” lol.

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Douglas E. Welch May 1, 2013 at 2:26 am

Added to my “New Food” list of things to try. This is similar to some other chicken dishes I make, but just different enough to give it a try. I wonder if you could put it prosciutto side down for a few minutes to crisp it up for a little bit crispy texture. Might be something I try when I make it.

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Janella January 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m currently doing a 10 day juice cleanse (on day 5!).. this will be at the top of my “want to eat” list.
I just stumbled upon your blog and am really happy that I did!

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